The pot was thoroughly boiled! There's something genuinely chilling in its economy of style. A testimony to the heroism of softness and the importance for English speakers to learn a secondary language. A hearty three stars. Note: The synopsis incorrectly identifies the hitchhiker was being "psychotic" - he is not experiences psychosis and those who do are generally a far greater danger to themselves than others.
A claustrophobic movie from beginning to end. You can feel the heat and tension building and it manages to cleverly pull you in, to make you look for chances where the men could maybe have taken the gun from the Hitch-Hikers grasp. All told, a wonderful film for its time and still a joy to watch today, a good suspenseful thriller skillfully put together.
It's a respectable noir. Though I'd sooner describe it as Jack Kerouac's omitted heroin withdrawal chapter from On The Road. The eras strange glorification of psychos as American 'rogues' and 'outlaws' is a bit hard to take seriously in this film, but the overall acting is fine and Mexico in the early 50's makes for a treat.
Excellent B-Noir thanks to Lupino´s direction. The long introduction without dialogues is a great exemple of what talkies can take from the silent era into modern filmmaking : using suggestion and action outside the scope to tell a story. The rest is almost hitchcockian. With limited space and only three characters, the tension never slows down. Great work from Musuraca (cinematography), solid acting.
A deliciously tense and gritty noir thriller. Lupino imbues this B-movie frame with some elements of real horror and emotional heft, like the dark and ominous opening combining a crime with its discovery in a single shot. Touches like these add an authorial voice and wryness to a film otherwise literal and down-to-earth.
A throwback to earlier noir, with little action, shootouts or car chases. It's all psychological, with the tension coming from the devil-like hitchhiker with the paralyzed eye, the remote hills, rocks and buzzards portending desperation and possible doom. Lupino, one of the best crime directors of her day, tellingly has little use for women in this film. She's a director of men, some soft, some hard, all angry.
At its core, The Hitch-Hiker is a very simple film noir story told efficiently. Ida Lupino's directing style isn't flashy or showy, so it doesn't get in the way of the three actors subtly playing off of each other. Coming in at 71 minutes, the film has no room for any fat to be left around, and there isn't any to be found.
Average quality crime film. Enjoyed the beginning. Later the weakness in the story became apparent. There is no good reason why the killer keep the two people alive. He popped off so many others in cold blood. Why does he need them alive? To drive the car? The ending is lame. A random mexican sees a Wanted notice and calls the police. The police shows and the story is over. Come on.