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.
"The hitcher" parece haberse inspirado de otra gran road movie, "Duel". Similar al filme de Spielberg, esta película se inicia tempranamente con el hostigamiento de un individuo. El acosador es inteligente y el acosado joven y torpe. Es por ello que las cosas funcionan. Y cuando todo parece ya estar resuelto, una interrogante nace ¿Quién es John Ryder? Nadie lo comenta. Queda para el misterio en la historia del cine.
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.