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…
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…
"Where do you come from?"
Surprisingly action filled cat and mouse horror film from the 80s, with a classic Hitchcockian "wrong man accused" plot and an amazingly creepy Rutger Hauer performance as the titular Hitcher.
This follows the basic ethos that the unknown is always creepier than the truth, and by keeping Ryder's motivations in the dark, he becomes this absolute powerhouse of inexplicable evil.
I got strong Jean Pierre Melville vibes from this - there's basically no character outside of their actions, there's little dialogue, and the action hit hard. Despite some supernatural stuff at the edges, this is a truly classical thriller, and one I'm surprised wasn't acclaimed at the time. Perhaps it's that it seems to have almost no subtext, no higher meaning other than the chase.
But sometimes a chase is enough.
One of most underrated and unrelenting action-horror films of the 80s. Rides the line between absurdity and thrills harmoniously. Plus you have John Seale behind the lens. Rutger Hauer is a beast in this.
"What do you want?
I want you to stop me."
"Where are you from?"
Easily one of the most thrilling road films and captivating cat + mouse chase films of the 1980's, 'The Hitcher' features a demonic performance by Rutger Hauer, an impressive and young C. Thomas Howell, and the amazing street cinematography of John Seale (Mad Max Series). One of the most fast-paced and frontier-fear inducing films I have ever seen, 'The Hitcher' is a movie that fails to die down until the finale, which is an excellent and ethereal standoff.
Rutger Hauer is creepy AS FUCK in this.
Fun little thriller! rutger hauer is the unstoppable force and he is great. Some great stunt peices with cars great explosions. Better than the remake.
The original Hitcher with Rutger Hauer is a classic movie. I've seen the remake as well but they are different in some ways. The tension and fear in this movie really toys with you and you can imagine being in the driver's shoes having to deal with this psycho hitchhiker. One major difference between the two is in this one the hitcher seems to want the driver to stop him for some reason, like a dare. Another big difference is the fate of the female character. I was left shocked by this one after seeing the remake first. I can see why they remade it but I can also see why this one is much scarier. It's definitely worth a watch.
Rutger Hauer is hauerrowing...nearly imperceptible soundtrack is a beauty...C. Thomas Howell should have really been in way more...the first half is terrifying perfection...the second half turns into more of an 80s thriller...Jennifer Jason Leigh was okay, but probably because she wasn't in it for all that long...some terrific action/horror sequences...underrated!
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff