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…
With minimal gore, this movie is still incredibly violent and even more unnerving. Probably the best work of C. Thomas "Soul Brother No. 1" Howell's career and Rutger Hauer is masterful as always. Nice scenery as well.
I caught The Hitcher on TV today for the first time in years. Luckily it was on Showtime so nothing was censored. John Ryder (Rutger Hauer) is one of the most menacingly creepy antagonists you will ever see. The climax is iconic, one of the greatest moments in the history of horror cinema.
Skip the pathetic remake and watch this instead.
End of the film.
EXT. LONE HIGHWAY. AFTERNOON
The kid shoots Rider, sending him down the long sandy bank.
He then returns to Sheriff's stolen 4x4 to smoke a cigarette as he is silhouetted onto the sun set.
TO BLACK SCREEN
EXT.LONE HIGHWAY. NIGHT
Jim Halsey is dragging his feet down the highway, nothing but the sound of night, until dotted headlights of a car rolls up over the hill.
Jim sticks his thumb, the car stops a few feet ahead. He opens the door to the Cadillac almost identical to his from the beginning. Theres a young good looking woman in the drivers seat.
INT. CADILLAC. NIGHT
He doesn't speak as he falls into the…
Yet another example that Rutger Hauer should be cast more. I haven't disliked a single performance from the guy, he pretty much made Hobo with a Shotgun remotely enjoyable (as well as the exploitative violence towards innocent people and children, if that's up your alley).
The Hitcher works as a film that showcases how excellent the guy is. He is bloody terrifying. Maybe it's because he's hardly been the sweetest of characters in anything else I've seen (Hobo and Blade Runner being the two big ones that come to mind), but it's safe to say he isn't exactly pleasant to be around here. He's got a subtle eeriness in his opening hitchhike, which quickly and surely amplifies to utter terror.…
A great thrill-ride. Rutger Hauer is what makes this movie work.
This movie was crazy, and not even in a so bad it's good way but in a schizophrenic unpredictable yet actually well written way. At least I think so. It's hard to tell with a film like this whether the craziness is intentional or not.
As low-budget horror films go, The Hitcher is up with the best, both in its ambition and in the quality of the finished product. It differs from many other mainstream 1980s horror films in its general lack of gore or shocking special effects. Instead, The Hitcher is built on creating the same sense of paranoid tension which made Alien and The Shining such riveting and inventive classics. While it cannot hold a candle to them on its own terms, when compared to similar low-budget fare it comes out very well.
Like all the best horror films, The Hitcher does not just throw everything at the screen in the vain hope that the audience will be scared. At the core of…
What impressed me about this movie, is the location chosen for filming! John Seale uses magnificent advantage of his skill to capture aesthetic beautify of Western highways. This movie lacks performance from characters especially from Howell, he seems to look too naive while acting (although at some scenes, you do actually appreciate the realistic panic, that he tries to create).
Rutger Hauer plays 'John Ryder', is this direction-disaster, he gets hit and there you see him rising up again on those God-gifted super-legs.
6/10: A creepy thriller that keeps you in constant suspense. No wonder there is already a remake of the same name - The Hitcher (2007).
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Hard Boiled
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…