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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…
Perhaps definitive proof that immorality has never been the principle reason for me disliking a movie. This worries me.
Disappointing, considering the expectations I had due to the affection that many have for this movie. Decent performances and some good effects are lost on a plot that seems to ask the viewer to suspend disbelief, yet doesn't offer any payoff for that buy-in. I can't help but compare this with another road trip cat-and-mouse -- Spielberg's Duel, which in my opinion is a far superior movie. It focuses on the tension and psychology, rather than shock and gore.
La valentía que los responsables de The Hitcher mostraron a la hora de estirar hasta el surrealismo las convenciones de las cintas con psychokiller constituye, a día de hoy, el valor principal de este thriller de culto.
El opresivo tono pesadillesco y kafkiano que Eric Red propone en su guión se ve respaldado por el resto de aspectos técnicos del filme: la inquietante elegancia que alcanza el director a partir de movimientos de cámara suaves y fluidos; la fotografía desértica, de inspiración fotorrealista, que otorga a la peripecia del protagonista toda la veracidad de un espejismo; la extraña banda sonora ambient que acompaña a estas bellas y desoladas estampas; el ritmo lento, escalofriante y cautivador, con que se desarrollan los…
How does Ryder know there are no bullets in that gun? Plot holes don't have to be an issue in this sort of paranoid thriller, where the point of view can rest on the protagonist whose awareness is not necessarily reliable. Or there's something supernatural happening. Harmon doesn't lay the groundwork for either of these things, which is frustrating because everything else about the film is so good: the pull-no-punches script, especially with the Jennifer Jason Leigh character; Rutger Hauer's maniacal performance; and John Searle's superbly visceral cinematography, giving the film that deliciously grainy glow which characterises some of the other great films of the eighties, like Witness (another John Searle film). It deserves its cult status, but the lack of narrative discipline keeps it from being the horror classic it could have been.
One of my favorite thrillers with one of my favorite movie villains. Rutger Hauer is just pure psychotic greatness as Ryder.
Growing up, I never considered Rutger Hauer as physically imposing. Compared to the muscle bound action freaks of the 80's he was, well just normal.
Now nearing middle age and being completely realistic about my own body's capabilities, re-watching The Hitcher, I realise that if Hauer high jacked my car, stuck a flick knife in my face and told me he was going to cut off my head I would most likely be as much of an idiotic pussy as C. Thomas Howell. What a sobering thought.
Maybe my mobile phone would come to my rescue...
Against all odds, this sorta blew my mind: a hazy, dreamy horror/thriller that is, in its own unidentifiable way, unlike any other film I've seen. Ebert hated this because the hitcher has no history, no motive, but that's what saves it: there's no scene where "Ryder" gives even the slightest hint as to what his plan is. The performances are both fantastic: C. Thomas Howell is sometimes singled out as a weak point, but I don't understand that--he's a weak, squeaky-voiced kid, and when the state trooper says "That kid ain't a killer," you know what he's talking about. Hauer, meanwhile, manages the nice trick of seeming totally in-control and utterly desperate at the same time, driven by some bizarre personal need that only he can understand. More worthy of the adjective "nightmarish" than any David Lynch movie.
A lot of people might consider "The Hitcher" to be a C. Thomas Howell movie, or perhaps a Robert Harmon movie because he was in the director's chair. Most movie buffs, however, will recognize this as an Eric Red film through and through, as the screenwriter leaves his mark all over this modern-day classic.
Red specializes in violent and stylish crime thrillers, and frankly, this has long since been one of his best. As good as the directing and performances are, everything is in service to the script. The film's other center of attention is the dark, larger-than-life performance by Rutger Hauer in the title role. He's a man of few words, and that's part of what makes him so…
An extremely intense tale of one mistake snowballing into murders galore.
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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