Title: Hitch-Hike

Also known as:
Autostop rosso sangue (Original title)
Death Drive (UK) (video title)
Hitchhike: Last House on the Left (USA) (video title)
The Naked Prey (USA)

Year: 1977

Genre: Crime / Exploitation / Thriller / Road Movie

Language: Italian / English (dubbed)

Runtime: 104 min / 82 min (Canada) / 98 min (UK)

Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile

Writer: Peter Kane (novel), Aldo Crudo (screen treatment), and more.

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077188/

Plot:
A woman and her angry drunk husband is on a road trip cross the country when their vacation soon turns to a nightmare on wheels. They pick up a hitcher (played by David Hess), who at first seems like a charming young man, but as time reveals, he's a sex obsessed robber on the run who needs transport to Mexico.

Our thoughts:
Of course I had to check this film out when I heard of it. I'm a fan of road movies, 'cause they usually guarantee a fun time, or atleast some kind of entertainment, and from what I had heard, this was one of the better out there. Why would this be so much better?

"Hitch-Hike" is in many ways a very ordinary hitcher film, but it's more of a exploitation and sleaze film than I would say that "The Hitcher" is. The terror starts out as any other, but with David Hess being the villain, we're already expecting some nasty rape. The film takes alot, and I mean alot of turns through-out, and most of them are expected, but we are, however, often thinking "Wow, they actually pulled that card". Sometimes the turns work really good, even though they tried hard to make us surprised. The turns bring alot of extra to the film, since it never becomes "the same old". We have a fantastic car chase, great nudity, David Hess rape scenes, villains vs. villains, and anything else you could wish for in a road film.

It's not a gory film but it has one particularly good head shot. It does satisfy in terms of nudity though. The woman is very good looking, and we're excited every time we get to see her showing off her boobers.

It might not be as harsch as it's prequel "The Last House On The Left", or even as scary as "The Hitcher", but as far as entertainment goes, this film packs a car full. Being a sequel to "The Last House On The Left", I would say that you shouldn't expect the same kind of film here. "Hitch-Hike" is, in all it's obvious twists and sometimes silliness, a very brilliant film, and you can't find a more fun ride if you're looking for a great road movie.


Positive things:
- The mix of hitcher film and exploitation film.
- David Hess.
- The girl is purdy.
Negative things:
- Some twists are silly, but to be honest, they do work.

Rating:
Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 3/5

We bought this movie from:
Videodrome.se

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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