Hitcher

Hitcher

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Director: Dave Meyers

Cast: Dave Meyers, Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton

     
 

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A lonely stretch of highway leads to a date with terror in this thriller. Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton) and Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) are a young couple in the midst of a long-distance road trip when, during a rainstorm, they take pity on a hitchhiker, John Ryder) (Sean Bean),See more details below

Overview

A lonely stretch of highway leads to a date with terror in this thriller. Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton) and Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) are a young couple in the midst of a long-distance road trip when, during a rainstorm, they take pity on a hitchhiker, John Ryder) (Sean Bean), and give him a lift. Jim and Grace soon come to regret their benevolence when Ryder reveals himself as a violent madman determined to see them dead. Luck is with Jim and Grace, and they're able to throw off Ryder and get back on the road, but as it happens their troubles are just beginning. Ryder has already killed a handful of people and is planting evidence that suggests Jim and Grace are the murderers; now the couple is on the run from the law as they search for Ryder in a bid to clears their names. The Hitcher is a remake of the 1986 cult horror classic of the same name; the new version was produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, who previously produced remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror.

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Editorial Reviews

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By definition, remakes have a tough act to follow. To even get to the point of a side-by-side comparison, they have to overcome the purists' outrage that they exist in the first place. The original Hitcher (1986), however, wasn't the typical candidate to be remade -- it had a chilling concept, but flawed execution. Dave Meyers' 2007 update plugs those narrative gaps quite effectively. It raises the emotional stakes by involving both protagonists from the start, providing each a necessary sounding board for what's happening to them. This version also approaches the action more gradually, and portrays the decision to pick up the hitchhiker as a moral quandary, rather than an impulsive whim. As a result, the story's most unforgettable scene is even more of a gut punch. While it's hard to improve on Rutger Hauer, the very personification of menace, as the villain, Sean Bean may in fact surpass him in one sense: he has two sides of his coin, one of which is charming enough to win the initial trust of his victims. In some ways, this Hitcher doesn't have the grit of the original, as Meyers shoots in a slick, MTV-ready style, with leads who could both be models (Zachary Knighton and Sophia Bush). However, the passage of 20 years has also relaxed the gore standards, giving the violence a more visceral immediacy. Under the influence of producer Michael Bay, the chase sequences carry an exciting grandeur, particularly the set piece in which Bean systematically dispatches a posse of police cruisers to the tune of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." Sure, some B-movie elements remain, and critics latched onto them in returning a generally unfavorable verdict. But at its best moments, The Hitcher is up there with Jonathan Mostow's Breakdown in terms of spiraling disaster on the lonely highways.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2009
UPC:
0025192037351
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:24:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Bean John Ryder
Sophia Bush Grace Andrews
Zachary Knighton Jim Halsey
Neal McDonough Lieutenant Esteridge
Kyle Davis Buford's Store Clerk
Skip O'Brien Harlan Bremmer, Sr.
Travis Schuldt Harlan Bremmer, Jr.
Danny Bolero Officer Edwards
Jeff Hutchinson Young Father
Yara Martinez Beth
Lauren Cohn Marlene
Mike Fisher Transport Guard #2
Joseph Michael Self Transport Guard #1
Brad Robinson Correctional Officer
Kurt Grossi Officer Franklin
Kurt Bryant Paramedic
Richard Hancock Ryder's Guard
Jesse De Luna Officer Jessup
George McLain Officer George
Kurt E. Soderling Helicopter Co-Pilot
Lance Strumpf Helicopter Pilot
Damon Carney Negotiator

Technical Credits
Dave Meyers Director
Jeremy Aiello Makeup Special Effects
Jennifer Badger Stunts
Michael Bay Producer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Eric Bernt Screenwriter
Troy Breeding Makeup
Kathryn Brink Casting
Annie Chasse Stunts
Matthew Cohan Associate Producer
Mark de Alessandro Stunts
Mike Deak Makeup Special Effects
Alex Diaz Makeup Special Effects
Jeff Diest Makeup Special Effects
John Dixon Stunts
KNB EFX Makeup Special Effects
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Sally Eubanks Stunts
Dane Farwell Stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez Stunts
Eddie Fernandez Stunts
Lisa Fields Casting
Andrew Form Producer
Brad Fuller Producer
Jake Garber Makeup Special Effects
Sheila Trujillo Gomez Makeup
Jason Gray Stunts
Alfred Haber Producer
Philip Hardage Asst. Director
Tom Harper Stunts
Gary Hatfield Camera Operator
James Hawkinson Cinematographer
Jim Henry Stunts
Grady Holder Makeup Special Effects
Akihito Ikeda Makeup Special Effects
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
Gary Jay Camera Operator
Nyima Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Angie Jones Animator
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Jack Kasprak Animator
Steve Katz Makeup Special Effects
Dennis Keiffer Stunts
Derek Krout Makeup Special Effects
Alma Kuttruff Co-producer
David S. Lazan Production Designer
James Leonard Makeup Special Effects
Brock Little Stunts
Harrison Lorenzana Makeup Special Effects
Sam Maloof Stunts
David Brian Martin Stunts
Eddie Matthews Stunts
Jim May Editor
Michael McCarty Makeup Special Effects
Charles Meeker Producer
Richard Morton Animator
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
David Niednagel Animator
Michael Owen Stunts
Carl Paoli Stunts
John Parker Set Decoration/Design
Denney Pierce Stunts
Adele Plauche Set Decoration/Design
LeAnn Radeka Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Ranck Animator
Alan Rankin Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Red Screenwriter
Ben Rittenhouse Makeup Special Effects
Jeffrey Schwan Stunts
Beth Sepko Casting
Shannon Shea Makeup Special Effects
Peter Morgan Simonite Camera Operator
Rob Simons Art Director
Russell Solberg Stunts
Brad Uller Producer
Patricia Urias Makeup Special Effects
Craig Van Dyke Animator
A.J. Venuto Makeup Special Effects
Jojo Villanueva Musical Direction/Supervision
Jake Wade Wall Screenwriter
Steven M. Walter Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hitcher
1. Time to Go (Main Titles) [4:54]
2. Never Pick Up Strangers [3:17]
3. Nice to Meet You [4:31]
4. A Free Ride [6:06]
5. Hell of a Story [3:28]
6. Next Victims [3:03]
7. Hit & Run [4:49]
8. Under Arrest [4:05]
9. Trying to Help [5:46]
10. Third Suspect [3:39]
11. No Way Out [4:34]
12. Armed & Dangerous [6:11]
13. Call for Help [3:31]
14. Making Me Horny [2:11]
15. "I Want to Die" [4:57]
16. Maybe Next Time [1:39]
17. Done Running [3:40]
18. Need Backup [3:36]
19. Dead End [2:36]
20. End Titles [1:27]

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