REVIEW: The Hitcher (1986)

This was released in an era where horrors and thrillers were becoming landmarks and where the older generation of cinema was slowly changing to the modern generation and as I was watching The Hitcher it did bring back memories of the older classic thrillers but also at the same time, was the start of something new and became the dawning of a new era. There were many moments that did give me chills with fright but there were some moments in the film that actually made me laugh in both a dark way and a lightly humorous way.

As far as I recall, this was the first film ever that I have seen starring Rutger Hauer, let alone in a leading role. Rutger Hauer’s performance as John Ryder was fantastic! I’ll tell you who he reminded me of as in looks: a merged look-a-like of both Sir Anthony Hopkins and Christopher Walken. His scenes with C. Thomas Howell as Jim Halsey reminded me a lot of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster in The Silence Of The Lambs. I think in a lot of ways besides looks that Ryder had some similarities with Lecter except Ryder wasn’t a cannibalistic serial killer but still a serial killer. Despite I felt really sorry for what was happening to Halsey at the hands of Ryder, C. Thomas Howell made me laugh throughout most of the film because he really was that innocent kid who got stuck into such dirty business and is trying to fight for his freedom as well as his life. If there is another film starring both Hauer and Howell again in a partnership like this, I will definitely be there to see it!

I must say, what solid directing! This film reminded me a lot of Steven Spielberg’s Duel because it’s like a road thriller where a guy is being stalked by a mad man. Harmon directed it really well and I think directors such as Martin Scorsese for Cape Fear and Adrian Lyne for Fatal Attraction felt slightly inspired by this and, quite frankly, I wouldn’t really be that surprised. As for Harmon’s inspiration, I think he could have felt inspired by Alfred Hitchcock when he did North By Northwest so I think this guy inspired both Hitchcock and Spielberg.

Overall, The Hitcher is a great thriller that I loved and even though that it may be an underrated thriller but it certainly is one of the best thrillers out there that will terrify its audiences and keep them stuck to the film from the first shot to the last. I haven’t seen the remake but I can’t quite see that it will be better than this one even though most remakes aren’t as good as their originals anyway. Highly recommended thriller!


~ by SJMJ91 on 21/05/2012.

2 Responses to “REVIEW: The Hitcher (1986)”

  1. I remember seeing this film. I thought it was a good film, though when people see films like this, they think that every hitchhiker is a killer. I have been hitchhiking the United States for most of 16 years. Here is a good hitchhiking book:

    “The Short, Short Hitchhiker”

  2. Here is my attempt at a film review.

    “Clint Eastwood’s film High Plains Drifter (1973)

    Here is another review of “High Plains Drifter”:

    The Western Review

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