The man charged with the daunting task of flexing his thumb in the new version is Sean Bean (who worked with Hitcher
producer Michael Bay on The Island).
Thomas Howell) confronts the man who has succeeded in getting the authorites to believe that he, not the Hitcher
(fittingly named John Ryder, played by Rutger Hauer), is the murderer, and shouts at him: "Why are you doing this to me?
But to reach beyond what has become commonplace knowledge of Oedipal struggle and crises, and understand the further implications of a film like The Hitcher
, it is necessary to lay bare deeper levels of the Oedipal struggle on the road to manhood.
It takes about two seconds for Jim to realize that the hitcher
means to dismember him, or worse, but there's no giving of the ghost.
It's easy to pick holes in the logic, character is kept at a purely functional level and don't even begin to ask how the cars withstand such punishment without crumpling, but combining elements of The Hitcher
with parts of Mad Max and Duel the brooding atmosphere and demolition derby road rage chases keep you in top gear throughout.
Other titles in the package include the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Inside Man" and "The Hitcher
Films such as Ladyhawke, The Hitcher
, and Blind Fury followed.
35pm) Psycho Sean Bean eyes college kid Sophia Bush in a grisly remake nowhere near as scary as Rutger Hauer's Hitcher
, even though Eric Red had a hand in the script.
Two decades later and the star of The Hitcher
(1986) is back in demand with ten projects in 2011 alone.
When the retreat happens to be Camp Crystal Lake, the psychopath is Jason Voorhees, and the new camp owners are money-grabbing filmmakers who have already revamped The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and The Hitcher
, the odds don't look good.
Victor Salva's 2001 horror is a curious beast, beginning as a road terror movie in the spirit of The Hitcher
but emerging as something quite different.
Twenty years after Rutger Hauer terrified us as the mysterious murderer, Sean Bean becomes The Hitcher