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The Hitcher

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2007
  • Dave Meyers
  • 80 mins
  • 18

Summary

Horror thriller remake starring Sean Bean, Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton. A spring break road trip turns into a nightmare for two college students when a hitch-hiker implicates them in a horrific slaying and then continues to shadow them.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This remake of the 1986 cult thriller works best when it tries to emulate the intense claustrophobia of the original. Sean Bean's attempts to match Rutger Hauer's icy sneer as the menace of the highway are fairly successful. He involves innocent road trippers Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton in his horrific murders, so the pair must elude both the pursuing redneck cops and their motiveless persecutor. But substituting the lone hero of the first movie with a bickering couple is a major misstep in a watchable effort, as it severely diminishes the tension. And the increased scale of the action - police car convoys and helicopter chases - actually generates less suspense. But debut director Dave Meyers's music-video background means that the desert vistas look great, and the gory deaths deliver some well-timed shocks.

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Credits

Cast

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John RyderSean Bean
Grace AndrewsSophia Bush
Jim HalseyZachary Knighton
Lieutenant EsteridgeNeal McDonough
Buford's store clerk Kyle Davis
Harlan Bremmer SrSkip O'Brien
Harlan Bremmer JrTravis Schuldt
Officer Edwards Danny Bolero
Young father Jeffrey Hutchinson
Beth Yara Martinez

Crew

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DirectorDave Meyers

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2007-06-01
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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