Hitch Hike

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Overview

After becoming a minor cult figure with his role as Krug Stullo in the notorious Last House on the Left, actor David Hess found himself typecast in minor variations of the role for the rest of his career. In this bloody thriller from director Pasquale Festa Campanile, Hess stars as Adam Kunitz, ringleader of a group of vicious bankrobbers who terrorize bickering vacationers Franco Nero and Corinne Clery. There's action, violence, and hard-edged sexual tension aplenty, although Hess' famous fireside rape of Clery ...
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Overview

After becoming a minor cult figure with his role as Krug Stullo in the notorious Last House on the Left, actor David Hess found himself typecast in minor variations of the role for the rest of his career. In this bloody thriller from director Pasquale Festa Campanile, Hess stars as Adam Kunitz, ringleader of a group of vicious bankrobbers who terrorize bickering vacationers Franco Nero and Corinne Clery. There's action, violence, and hard-edged sexual tension aplenty, although Hess' famous fireside rape of Clery is optically censored in some versions. The film, based on Peter Kane's novel The Violence and the Fury, and well scored by Ennio Morricone, still comes across as an attempt to capitalize on Hess' cult status, prefiguring his even more violent Italian films such as La Casa Sperduta nel Parco and Camping del Terrore. Ignazio Spalla and Monica Zanchi also appear.
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Special Features

The Devil Thumbs a Ride- Interviews with Stars Franco Nero, Corinne Clery and David Hess; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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This fun little thriller isn't nearly as nauseatingly tense as those of its kind that came after it -- most notably The Hitcher -- but it does have its moments. Franco Nero, nearly always the handsome romantic leading man, turns in a wonderfully sympathetic performance as a man battle weaknesses when his wife needs him most, and Corinne Clery's nearly blank face is ideal for concealing her fear and rage. The film has taken on a cult status over the years because of David Hess' presence, and while he's convincing as a psychotic thief, he's hardly as dangerous as, say, Rutger Hauer's deadly hitchhiker, John Ryder. Still, there are some real thrills, if very little genuine horror.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • UPC: 827058113892
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,376

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Corinne Clery , wife
David Hess Adam Kunitz
John Loffredo
Franco Nero , a bitter writer
Carlo Purl
Ignazio Spalla
Monica Zanchi
Technical Credits
Pasquale Festa Campanile Director, Screenwriter
Aldo Crudo Screenwriter
Franco di Giacomo Cinematographer
Ottavio Jemma Screenwriter
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Giuseppe Ruzzolini Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hitch-Hike
1. Program Start/ Main Titles [1:10]
2. Caught in the Crosshairs [3:37]
3. Insatiable Appetite [3:16]
4. Campfire Romance [3:44]
5. The Hitcher [4:30]
6. "The Honeymoon's Over" [5:31]
7. Backseat Driver [3:32]
8. Police Stop [4:26]
9. "I'm Smarter Than You Think" [4:00]
10. Way Station Cafe [3:58]
11. Passing the Bottle [4:12]
12. Adam's Story [4:06]
13. Creamy Thighs & Gunshots [3:42]
14. Bad-Tempered Big Rig [4:33]
15. Shootout On the Highway [6:02]
16. Hard Luck Story [5:01]
17. Violated [5:35]
18. "All You Have to Do Is Know How to Touch Her" [4:14]
19. Naked Vegneance [5:43]
20. Profit Margin [4:42]
21. Car Trouble [3:31]
22. Gang of Punks [5:31]
23. Wipeout [3:39]
24. Fiery Divorce [4:21]
25. End Credits [1:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hitch-Hike
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      The Devil Thumbs a Ride (17 mins.)
      Trailer
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