Being a horror fan, you would think that there is a lot of horror movies that I have seen right? Well you would be right, there is a lot of horror movies that I have seen… But there is one movie that as of yet that I have never seen in either the remake or the original that is a major oversight is the movie, The Hitcher (1986)!
I know the basic concept for this story, I even happen to know that a lot of the people in both the original and the remake are great actors, as well as the fact that I have seen both trailers enough times to know that I would love to see both of these movies… Still I haven’t been able to see the actual movies itself (An over sight that I assure you guys that I intend to rectify at the first possible moment!)
Fortunately I have had the opportunity to enjoy many other movies that are rather similar in concept that I have been able to enjoy… Now what I mean by this is that (as I understand it, The Hitcher is a movie that tells how a regular person picks up a psychotic hitchhiker that puts that person through hell.)
For me, in regards to what I have mentioned above, I have seen a movie where a relatively normal girl ends up in the car of a lunatic, as is the case with Freeway (1996), a normal couple decide to take along a crazy man and his girl friend as they visit murder sites for their book, as is the case with Kalifornia (1993).
At this point, you might be wondering why I am mentioning this, well simply put, there is another movie that is along a similar tack to all of these movies that I thought that I would recommend here called, The Pass (1998)!
Written and Directed by: Kurt Voss (Sugar Town), and starring: William Forsythe (The Rock), James LeGros (Guncrazy), Elizabeth Peña (Jacob’s Ladder), Michael McKean (Clue), Nancy Allen (Carrie) and Jamie Kennedy (Scream).
This movie tells the story of a burnt out Comic Strip salesman by the name of Charlie Duprey (Forsythe). This guy is depressed, his job doesn’t bring him happiness, his marriage is falling apart, and really about the only thing that seems to be keeping him together is online poker…
So his friend Willie (McKean) pushes Charlie in to taking a vacation and heading to Reno Nevada, now while he is on his way there though, Charlie will end up meeting the man who will change his life forever!
You see this man who goes by the name of, ‘Hunter’ (LeGros) ends up hitching a ride with Charlie, and ole Hunter is a little crazy so when Charlie ends up stranding Hunter at a local bus station, Hunter ends up flipping out and chasing Charlie in to a destiny that will change the lives of Charlie and the rest of his nearest and dearest for the rest of their lives!
The last two things that I wanted to say about this movie is that A: This was the first movie that I had seen where William Forsythe was the main star, and I have to say that I was quite pleased with just how well he carried the movie!
Also B: I also thought that it was great seeing LeGros in another role (besides Guncrazy), I mean I have always thought this guy was a great actor, and unfortunately one of the underrated talents of the Hollywood mainstream!
In the end though, this movie is a fun one, and if you get a chance to watch it, you might find that you really like it!