Damn, does this movie ever pack a punch. I found it near impossible to track down a copy, but is it ever worth it. Gorgeously shot and wonderfully atmospheric; dusty Americana split by harsh beams of light, intermittently splattered with rain and blood, caught in night's cool oranges and blues. Ruthless with its characters. Powerfully acted; Hauer is evil incarnate here. Mark Isham's score is a thing of beauty.
Nervous B movie I use to watch every five years or so. The director wants us to consider this story as a dream or a tale by making numerous references during the course of the story. Highly recommended.
Siskel and Ebert, in a fit of homophobia and moral pique got this movie removed from theaters. For that and many other things they have earned my eternal enmity. Hauer's second best performance of all time. Sean Bean just didn't cut it. He can't do the humour.
Breaks all the rules of the slasher movie to brilliant effect. A male protagonist instead of the typical heroin of Elm St, Scream, Halloween, etc. Guns are the primary weapon of choice. The police are not only not there to help but make up the majority of the body count, instead of the usual sinful teenagers it's the law enforcers that die. The love interest is killed off very unpredictably...
A terrific performance by Rutger Hauer and an intense atmosphere of dread, can't mask what is essentially a less successful retread of Steven Spielberg's DUEL. A young man picks up a hitchhiker only to discover he is a psychopath with a strange obsession with him, leading to a bloody chase across West Texas. Starts off well but later becomes a generic chase thriller.
Un violento y trepidante thriller que ha devenido ultimamente en pieza de culto (para los mas informados, al menos) al grado de merecer un desangelado remake hace un par de años. Un argumento que destila mala leche durante todo el film, y una actuaciòn de antologia del otrora cotizado actor Rutger Hauer (mas memorable quizas que la de Blade Runner) hacen de esta otra de las cumbres del cine de acciòn de los 80's.