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…
Im gonna Dream about Rutger Hauer tonight
A little frustrating to see a protagonist make so many terrible decisions in a row, but Rutger Hauer plays a flawless (if apparently motiveless) psychopath. An ending I didn't expect is always appreciated and this provided one.
The pacing is excellent, C Thomas Howell isn't in blackface (thank god), and Rutger Hauer is fucking terrifying (as always). Loved it.
JJL at peak hotness cannot make up for the fact that nothing anyone does makes any sense. The story is either some sort of allegory, or completely retarded. The highly cinematic atmosphere that it manages to create makes part of me want to explore it as an allegory, but I'm too distracted by its nonsense to take that leap. Poorly conceived, well made.
The Hitcher was a fun, intriguing movie that kept me guessing the whole time. Hitchhiking in general tends to make for very suspenseful entertainment, and this film is no exception. Definitely recommended.
Stripped down and mean as hell.
watched on mute w/ Tangerine Dream's "NEAR DARK" OST playing over it. Good shit, man
Why isn't The Hitcher on blu-ray yet? Seriously, what a tragedy. One of the best films of the '80s, in my opinion. I distinctly remember watching this for first time about 20 years ago, alone at night, when I was about 10 years old. This film has haunted me ever since. The anamorphic cinematography and desert locations, are perfect. The music score by Mark Isham is incredible, one of the few music scores in my playlist, and gets regular listening. The end credits are amazing and haunting, with the music combined with the silhouette and the sun setting.
A quintessential thriller of the 80s. Yes it could've aged better. However there is a magnetic quality to the characters & acting, to the story and its structure. Some may be disappointed by its minimalism and its resistance to pat conclusions. Not me. There is an almost mythic Western feel, thanks to its southwestern locations. Captures that frazzled highway feel perfectly.
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