There were provocative memorable ads for this movie in DC Star Trek funnybooks. I saw it a few years later and enjoyed it. It perfectly captures the feel of driving across bumfuck America en route to Disneyland. I mean, California. I like that about it. Visually, it's awesome. The rural highway roads past sketchy gas stations and abandoned buildings, neon motel signs and the like. It all looks great and feels authentic.
David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes are beautiful and ridiculously convincing as a couple. I've liked Brad in various movies, but his acting range usually leaves a lot to be desired. I mean, he's alright, but pretty unremarkable and samey a lot of the time. That's all I'm saying. This role is an exception. He's ludicrously over the top, but weirdly believable along with the constantly annoying Juliette Lewis at his side.
It's one of those movies you really get in to and care about the characters. A massive amount of suspense is built up later in the flick when the unleashed Early takes Carrie. It somehow balances out the crude graphic murders and sex without becoming trashy and while the ending is incredibly predictable, you probably wouldn't have wanted it to go any other way. It's about the journey, not the destination.