The Hitcher is a highly unimaginative slasher that keeps the tension going with a massacre about every 15 minutes.
The Hitcher is a highly unimaginative slasher that keeps the tension going with a massacre about every 15 minutes.Film proves mom’s admonition not to pick up hitchhikers, especially if they’re anything like John Ryder, a psychotic and diabolical killer played with a serene coldness by Rutger Hauer. Along comes an innocent young man (C. Thomas Howell), who is falling asleep at the wheel and stops to pick Hauer up in the hopes that having a companion will keep him awake. What ensues for the rest of the film is a cat and mouse game where Hauer eliminates just about everyone Howell comes in contact with. In addition to working with a script that has many holes, filmmakers didn’t allow for one laugh in the entire 97 minutes.
HBO/Silver Screen. Dir Robert Harmon; Producer David Bombyk, Kip Ohman; Screenplay Eric Red; Camera John Seale; Editor Frank J. Urioste; Music Mark Isham Art Dir Dennis Gassner
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 97 MIN.
Rutger Hauer C. Thomas Howell Jennifer Jason Leigh Jeffrey DeMunn
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