director Matthew Bright
I just read a possibly apocryphal trivia note on IMDb that said that Doris Wishman was originally set to direct Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby.
Freeway II embodies the exploitation aesthetic in a lot of ways. It’s a black comedy that tries to out-sleaze its predecessor at every turn, which it does easily. In Freeway (1996), Matthew Bright laced mordant humor throughout the movie while also playing a lot of it like a straight drama. Freeway II is so much more over the top, it’s a lot harder to take seriously.
I’ve liked Natasha Lyonne since first seeing her in Slums of Beverly Hills and she’s great here, with her raspy New York voice, world-weary but still wide open.
I think if Vincent Gallo had somehow managed to not be quite so hilarious, he might have been really scary as Sister Gomez, the evil witch of this fairy tale version of Hansel and Gretel, much less pointed than in the earlier film.
Freeway is both fun and well done. Freeway II fun but much less compelling.
If Doris Wishman could have made this film… If only.