I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…
The terror starts the moment he stops.
A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped.
Rutger Hauer and C. Thomas Howell play a helluva game of cat and mouse in one of the most underrated suspense thrillers of the 1980's. Cigarette smoke. Rain that's not purple. Wiper blades. Who the fuck picks up hitchhikers in the pouring down rain? A bug. The other guy. Rutger's teeth. Sweethearts. Shit you never wanted to learn. Door ajar. A demented teddy bear. A big fuckin' autobus. Road kill. Vomit. Keys. Demolition derby. Whiplash. Dust in the desert. Petrol station insanity. Light a match, start a fire. Jennifer after Fast Times. Nash's smirk. Payphone. C. Thomas Howell's perm mullet. Finger food. Bloody knife. Police interrogation. Mugshot. Lockup. Nightmares. A cool as fuck doggie. Waking up in hell. Handcuff confusion.…
OR: THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS
- Where you came from?
They built the atmosphere very clear even being so fast, the rains keep dropping along the endless road, one place for silent thinking and to fall asleep. The kindness of strangers are the only thing who matter in a storm, Jim Halsey invites John Ryder for some ride, in the act of friendship with his fellow partner, 'til Ryder (Rutger Hauer) points you a knife upon your eyes and says to you: I wanna kill you.
This is creep as hell. insane, is where John Ryder, is now is been picture of hallmark of serial killers. Anton Chigurh...Hannibal...Joker...John Doe...All they have in common with Ryder not in the act…
"You wanna know what happens to an eyeball when it gets punctured? Do you got any idea how much blood jets out of a guy's neck when his throat's been slit?" - John Ryder
Imagine the scariest, most sinister guy you could ever hope to meet relishing every word of that quote while holding a knife to your face. In the film, it's exactly as scary as it sounds. This beast is so tense that you could cut it with a bread knife. Or a switchblade. Whatever floats your boat...
In a film that sets out to create one of the all-time great movie psychopaths, The Hitcher succeeds on every level. Never letting him on-screen for a lot of the…
Halloween Horror Marathon (#6)
: What do you want?!
: I want you to stop me.
: You got the knife! You'll stick me with it before I can do anything!
: That's right. So what have you got to lose? Stop me!
I was originally not planning on revisiting The Hitcher for the horror marathon, but I am so glad I did. This is the kind of horror where while seemingly grounded in the real world, has this supernatural aura that is hardly visible but is present throughout. John Ryder, the titular Hitcher rises above being just another psycho killer, climbing beyond the levels of more monstrous and unstoppable well knowns like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees to inhabit…
I feel enlightened, as though I've stumbled upon some secret cinematic truth behind this brilliant debut film from director Robert Harmon. Upon viewing The Hitcher once again, I have come to the self-indulgent conclusion - delusion, perhaps - that the film, or rather its story, is not intended to be taken literally. In my mind, the entire narrative plays out like a bad dream, rife with surreal occurrences and bizarre flights of fancy that defy the laws of nature. Perhaps our hero, Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell), did in fact pick up the psychopathic hitchhiker John Ryder (Rutger Hauer). Perhaps Ryder did in fact try to kill young Jim. Perhaps. I certainly like to think so. However, I am of…
The 1970s was the end of an era.
The end of peace, love, and flower power. And the end of hitchhiking unabashedly across this vast country. It was once a low cost (gas, grass, or ass) way to get further down the road. But once the 80s hit...It was well known that hitchhiking was a technique only used by sociopaths and serial killers.
Rutger Hauer is that serial killer in this 1986, spacious thriller. It takes place in the desert, it's absolutely perfect. The setting has such a cool mood, amongst the dirt and sweat and fear on C. Thomas Howell's face. Rutger Hauer plays a stoic creep, similar in a way to Roy Batty of Blade Runner. This film…
Give me a break. This is talked up so much and is so stupid. Even with GPS, a tracking device, four guys and transporter machine this plan couldn't be carried out. Why is this a classic. This is just stupid. When the hitcher shoots the police 2 seconds after he is done surrendering to the captain I was done. It more believable that Jason Voorhees came back to life and crawled out of a lake than the things in this retarded movie. The only explanation could have been that C Thomas Howell was John Rider or maybe that Rider was really the Flash but nope the most intelligent, fast, powerful not to mention fast man in the world is a killer hitch hiker.
Note to self: Never pick up hitchhikers.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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This is right up my alley. A brilliant piece of '80s nihilism. After all of twelve minutes Rutger Hauer has already run a switchblade up and down the protagonist's cheek, insisting that he say the words "I want to die." And to think it gets even better from there.
Unintentional C. Thomas Howell double feature.
Rutger Hauer owns this badass jam.
"You wanna know what happens to an eyeball when it gets punctured? Do you got any idea how much blood jets out of a guy's neck when his throat's been slit?"
A brilliant thriller that dives into action within the first 5 minutes and never stops. This relentlessly suspenseful journey had me on the edge of my seat until the end, as the lead character is terrorized by a deranged serial killer, slowly hardening his naiveties until he becomes as cold and determined as the killer himself. I watched this film on a whim and I am so glad I did. It is an excellent movie that is certainly going to get many rewatches from me.
Once again Rutger Hauer as a bad guy.. great.
"...I cut off his legs... and his arms... and his head. And I'm going to do the same to you."
Picture the scene: You're on the road, travelling across county, alone. The endlessly long roads give way to darkness as the sun sets on the scorched desert around you. The sheer tedium of loneliness and the long, arduous journey make it difficult to stay awake, what do you do? A) Pull over and get some sleep or B) PICK UP A PSYCHOPATHIC HITCHHIKER TO KEEP YOU COMPANY!?
For Jim Halsey, he opted for the second option, like the sucker he is. What's worse is that psychopath is John Ryder, an enigmatic villain gleefully played by Rutger Hauer. Ryder's first interactions…
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…