The Hitcher (1986)

The Hitcher (1986)

  • Release Date:  1986
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Robert Harmon
  • Screenwriter:  Eric Red

The Hitcher (1986)Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • Andrew = 9 / 10.

The Hitcher (1986) Synopsis:

When Jim picks up a hitchhiker in the middle of the night, he is far from expecting that it will embark him in a deadly journey to stop that mysterious killer.

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The Hitcher (1986) Review:

the Hitcher is a classic from the 80’s that is too often forgotten despite the amount of goodness that it packs.

The movie starts exactly as you would expect it to do, with a guy picking up a hitchhiker who very quickly proves to be a lunatic. No lengthy introduction or character presentation here, The Hitcher gets you immediately into the action, and won’t stop messing around with you for the next 90 minutes. The story is like a giant “hunter and prey” game, the hitcher playing with its victim like a cat plays with a trapped mouse. The scenario is not perfect, and a lot of incoherence or really far-fetched twists can be noticed, like for example the all escalade with the police which would never happen in real life. But the overall story remains surprising enough to be entertaining. It feels very much like a realistic version of the Terminator movies, without the science-fiction behind.

The character of “the hitcher” is probably the one reason to watch the movie. Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Batman Begins, Sin City) and his clear green eyes plays very well. He is like an unstoppable machine, but in a disturbing way because of his unpredictable temper.

Overall, The Hitcher is one of the greatest survival horror movie of the 80’s

The Hitcher (1986) Cast:

Rutger Hauer Rutger Hauer John Ryder
C. Thomas Howell C. Thomas Howell Jim Halsey
Jennifer Jason Leigh Jennifer Jason Leigh Nash
Jeffrey DeMunn Jeffrey DeMunn Captain Esteridge
John M. Jackson John M. Jackson Sergeant Starr (as John Jackson)
Billy Green Bush Billy Green Bush Trooper Donner (as Billy Greenbush)
Jack Thibeau Jack Thibeau Trooper Prestone
Armin Shimerman Armin Shimerman Interrogation Sergeant
Gene Davis Gene Davis Trooper Dodge (as Eugene Davis)
Jon Van Ness Jon Van Ness Trooper Hapscomb
Henry Darrow Henry Darrow Trooper Hancock
Tony Epper Tony Epper Trooper Conners
Tom Spratley Tom Spratley Proprietor
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell Construction Man


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