The Hitcher
The Hitcher (1986)

This routine slasher film is greatly enhanced by the ethereal quality of its evocative cinematography and a haunting score that foretells pending doom. Otherwise, the pendulum swings between car crashes and slasher killings all the way… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 8, 1999
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

This set-up is intriguing, and you wish director Robert Harmon had made more of it.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Hauer, who has reportedly vowed not to play any more villains or crackpots, is probably making the right decision, if this is any measure of the sort of role that comes his way.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Spare and engrossing original road slaughterfest.

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Variety Staff

A highly unimaginative slasher that keeps the tension going with a massacre about every 15 minutes.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I would have admired it more if it had found the courage to acknowledge the real relationship it was portraying between Howell and Rutger, but no: It prefers to disguise itself as a violent thriller, and on that level it is reprehensible.

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Fernando F. Croce

An uncanny frisson, plus a road of endless curves

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Time Out

It's a highly competent sick-fright version of the evergreen chase formula.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A cosmic horror film drawn out of a psychological thriller.

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TV Guide

Feature debuts don't come much better than director Robert Harmon and screenwriter Eric Red's sleek, dream-like thriller about a na´ve college boy who crosses paths with devil in the flesh after taking a wrong turn on some lost highway.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Jennifer Jason Lee is the actress I dislike the most. No wait, that would be Reese Witherspoon. Rutger Hauer is cool but he's wasted in this lame… More
Cory Taylor
In 'Halloween', Michael Myers was simply credited as The Shape because the viewers would project their own ideas of horror onto his amorphous face. In… More
John Manard
This was an amazing thrill ride one of the best ive ever seen. Rutger Hauer is awesome in this role.
Directors Cat
[img][/img] An unforgivably forgotten thriller that remains to this day relentlessly intense… More
MisterYoda ?
four stars
Unknown Hobo
This movie is the definition of watchable horror. Its fast enough to keep you interested, sick enough to make it onto your shelf and memorable enough to watch… More

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