Movies that are slightly off.
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…
One of the better American genre one-offs. Eric Red’s terrific script blows up Duel to a much large sadistic tapestry of Americana gone wrong and nightmare logic. Robert Harmon spare direction has lots of nice detail and a feel for open space that plays off very well to the material grandiloquence. Replacing the anonymous truck by an all-knowing indestructible man that is essentially the devil on a suicide mission, was near impossible to work but somehow Rutger Hauer performance does the trick. He is pure menace in minimal screen time that makes every one of his physical appearances count. Red script is filled with gigantic plot holes until one accepts Hauer is not a man, but a presence that can…
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…
#243 THE HITCHER - Like Spielberg’s DUEL, but a slasher film. Rutger Hauer is brilliantly menacing. #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days ★★★★½
Brilliantly photographed, suspenseful and perfectly paced. Had a moment that made me audibly exclaim "oh my god" and clutch my proverbial pearls. Extremely rare for a horror movie. Another classic Stu pick.
The Hitcher is as perfect as an explosion in reverse: so many seemingly disparate and incongruous elements coming together to form something that, although may not be totally unique, is still without flaws. It's both a mean-spirited and brooding road thriller and an intense actioner (replete with one stunningly staged car chase), that bears both the hallmarks of a slasher film and the irrationalities of something operating on a supernatural level. A psychological action thriller? Who cares! It's amazing, regardless.
Rutger Hauer is as inimitable as ever as the icy, almost spectral but nevertheless intriguing highway killer 'John Ryder' in what is not only one of his greatest, but one of the best and most unique performances in genre film…
That part near the end deeply disturbed me when I was in my early teens.
Grew-up on cable movies and this was a childhood awakening in terms of atmospheric, violent, and lonely road pictures. I'd consider it one of the first of many survivalist trope films. This one has a recurring subtlety of dread that plays throughout. Like we are all doomed kind of emotion running through it's course while everyone smokes their lungs out because that looks cool on screen. Great performances and iconic imagery mark this one as untouchable in my books. If not for C. Thomas Howell's - character's stupid and mute actions we wouldn't have this classic. Thumbs up!
Lean, tense, and dreamlike, with some gorgeous desert photography. All psychosexual nightmare-dramas should play out with this kind of well-choreographed action and sense of eroding loss of innocence and sanity.
No good deed goes unpunished. Bleak.
Ghost of Roger Ebert, I respectfully disagree with your review of The Hitcher, you had me convinced it was going to be gross and terrible. It was not. Let me summarize The Hitcher in three words for you: That. Was. AWESOME.
Forget Jennifer Jason Leigh in a great supporting role, forget C. Thomas Howell giving the best performance of his career,forget the ludicrously propulsive script (by real life crazy person/ vehicular homicide felon- seriously, look it up), lets talk about Rutger Hauer. Has anyone ever had as much fun with a roll as Rutger Hauer had in The Hitcher? I contest that the answer is "no"; just look at his eyes, the man is having the time of his life.
i live in constant fear of rutger hauer
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