×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Hitcher

The Hitcher is a highly unimaginative slasher that keeps the tension going with a massacre about every 15 minutes.

With:
Rutger Hauer C. Thomas Howell Jennifer Jason Leigh Jeffrey DeMunn

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.

The Hitcher

Production: 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

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Rutger Hauer C. Thomas Howell Jennifer Jason Leigh Jeffrey DeMunn

More Film

  • Backtrace Review

    Film Review: 'Backtrace'

    “You can’t kill me! I died seven years ago!” It’s very much to the credit of Matthew Modine that he persuasively sells this melodramatic scrap of dialogue, and every other aspect of his trickily written lead character, in “Backtrace,” a better-than-average VOD-centric thriller that likely wouldn’t work nearly so well without the veteran actor’s totally [...]

  • Brett Leonard Boards 'Elijah'

    Film News Roundup: 'Lawnmower Man' Director Brett Leonard Boards 'Elijah'

    In today’s film news roundup, “Elijah” gets a director, a French fry documentary starts shooting and “Uglydolls” moves its release date forward. PROJECT LAUNCH Brett Leonard, best known for directing ”The Lawnmower Man” and “Virtuosity,” will direct the supernatural feature film “Elijah,” based on the Old Testament prophet. The project is set up at Winter [...]

  • SAG-AFTRA HQ

    SAG-AFTRA Commercial Negotiations Set for February

    With no fanfare, SAG-AFTRA and the ad industry have set a mid-February start for negotiations for a successor deal to the union’s master contract, Variety has learned. The current three-year deal — which covers about $1 billion in annual earnings — expires on March 31. SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee of the ad industry [...]

  • SONDRA LOCKESONDRA LOCKE - 1986

    Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74

    Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3 at 74. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death. She died due to breast and bone cancer, according to Radar Online, which reported that she [...]

  • Clint Eastwood and Alison Eastwood'The Mule'

    Clint Eastwood: Why Alison Eastwood Came Out of Acting Retirement for Her Dad

    Clint Eastwood’s daughter Alison Eastwood was done with acting after appearing in 2014’s “Finding Harmony.” Or so she thought. It was a Friday night and she and her husband were heading to dinner when her father’s producer Sam Moore called. “He [says], ‘You know, your dad wants you to do this film,” Alison recalls. “I [...]

  • 'Dead Women Walking' Review: Uncompromising, Powerful

    Film Review: 'Dead Women Walking'

    The sober and gripping “Dead Women Walking” focuses on the final days of a series of female inmates facing the death sentence. Divided into nine chapters, each inching its way inexorably closer to the moment of execution, the drama turns the fragmentation of its approach to a powerful advantage. Not only do the individual stories [...]

  • Sam Mendes

    Sam Mendes' World War I Drama '1917' Set for Awards-Season Launch on Christmas 2019

    Universal Pictures has given an awards-season release date of Dec. 25, 2019, to Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1971.” Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners is producing “1917” through its DreamWorks Pictures brand. “1917” will open in limited release on Christmas Day then go wide two weeks later on Jan. 10, 2020. Mendes wrote the script [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content