a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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)
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 a category of his own. He's also the antithesis of such characters. Instead of faceless and silent, Ryder speaks through a nefarious smile with creepy words that transcend his violent homicidal actions, causing his cat and mouse battle at…
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…
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…
Deeply strange movie about a slasher who desperately wants to be killed by his prey. Shocking in part for what it chooses not to show. Hauer licking the pennies and putting them on Howell's eyelids has such an affectionate unpleasantness.
A lot of tension in this movie and very well acted by C.Thomas Howell - i liked specifically the atmosphere in the police station- so weird!
I took the hitcher with me, and together we didn't end up in thrilling cinematic movieland, but in the place where all your dreams can come true, doze off city.
It hasn't aged particularly well, and although the score is fitting and some scenes are tense, others are over the top and close to being ridiculous with the hitcher appearing completely out of the blue or escaping certain situations which seriously hampered my experience.
If you want Rutger Hauer chewing up a desert and spitting it back out again, this is the B-movie to see. I just wish it had more of a script, more of a point, and more talent. Sure, director Robert Harmon occasionally paints a pretty picture and crafts decent action sequences, and D.P. John Seale gets amazing shots of dust storms, gathering clouds, slow motion flames and night rides with the film's relatively low budget. But you're really here to see Hauer terrorize and outact everyone else (as Howell is a lame choice for a hero, even considering he's supposed to build slowly; and poor Leigh is used, abused and wasted by this movie), and there's nothing wrong with that,…
Rutger Hauer is the coolest dude out there.
Pouka filma je: slušaj mamu i nemoj davati prijevoz nepoznatim ljudima.
From the first scenes involving the headlights of a car illuminating passively through the darkness of the desert intercut with the flame of a lighter illuminating the face of its lead hero character, director Robert Harmon has already drawn attention to his metaphorical senses long before "The Hitcher" finally kicks into its action-packed thriller plot. And what a breathless and inventive hour-and-a-half thriller it is. Not afraid to blend the realism of its cinematography with elements of a divine supernatural ridiculousness, Harmon picks at the viewers brain as much as the villain picks at the hero; cruelly making a horror film from the lower-tier floors of its lead character’s conflicted mind. Also, one of the most under-appreciated queer films.
Rutger Hauer is great. A true menace. I've grown to appreciate him much more over the years. This movie was pretty unrealistic, but it was a fun watch. I only saw the remake previously, which I thought was pretty good at the time when I saw it in theater's many years ago. I have a feeling the original is much better, as they usually are.
Oh SHIT this movie is so fucking tight, my god. Rutger Hauer just oozing creepiness as he totally fucks with C Thomas Howell in progressively crazier ways. I mean, this movie really escalates, like really. Goddamn. Just a tense, dark, captivating survival thriller that throws ethics out the window and doesn't pull any punches, all without revealing much gore or wasting time looking for a "why". It's like DUEL if the truck were actually a person with super-intense blue eyes and a creepy-but-winning smile.
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