The Hitcher

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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, 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...
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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, 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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Special Features

Over 20 minutes of deleted scenes, including End of the Road and alternate ending too terrigying for theaters!; Road Kill - The ultimate car crash: Behind the scenes of the amazing, hard-hitting car stunts; Fuel Your Fear: the making of The Hitcher; And more!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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: 5/1/2007
  • UPC: 025193327628
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,892

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 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 Jr. 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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Disc #1 -- The Hitcher
   Bonus Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Introducing John Ryder
         Ryder On a Rampage
         A Waking Nightmare
         Asleep With the Enemy
         Cold & Scared
         Dangerous Curves
         Rest in Pieces
         End of the Road
         Play All
      Dead End
      Road Kill: The Ultimate Car Crash
      Fuel Your Fear: The Making of The Hitcher
      Chronicles of a Killer
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English SDH*
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "I want you to say 4 little words...I want to die." Probably this movie's single defining, classic line. This was a pretty good, suspenseful movie, and a bit shocking in a couple of parts.. It was interesting to see the hitcher/killer toy with the teenagers throughout the movie, and to be honest...there were some parts in it that I didn't see coming. Sean Bean did a great job as the hitcher/killer...a great role for him. He is another actor that I really like. Sophia Bush and Zachary Kingston did great as the teenagers as well, and Neal McDonough was great as the police detective in it. He is a great actor as well. But yeah, if you're up for a suspensful cat & mouse slasher on wheels, and enjoy a couple of twists & turns, this is a good one to watch. Not a bad remake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Some say it sucks and I'll admit I like the original better because it has one of my favorite actors C. Thomas Howell whom I Love!! :) The new guy is not a very good comparison and should not have been called Jim Halsey because the story was different (o well he dies (: )!!! But Sophia Bush is excellent and the fact that the girl kills the bad guy in this one is way way cool!!! I think she is great in this movie and Sean Bean plays a reely creepy bad guy!! I own it and if you like horror you should too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    "I want you to say four little words...I want to die." said the character of John Ryder to the suffering character of Jim Halsey. Remember this is a remake so scenes can get changed. Let's see after watching the trailer for this I was like wait this reminds me of another movie and thus rememberd the sequel the hitcher 2 i've been waiting where in this one the plot follows what they had in that and in the original. It was almost scene for scene though they changed the roles a bit which i'm sure people would noticed it by now if they seen the original. For instance (Jim with his GF instead of him alone, lastly the infamous tied to two trucks you have to stop the psycopath from ripping the person to shreds, perhaps the scene best rememered of course) Anyway, movies will get remade whether we like them or not, sometimes remakes do come out alright. To Tell you the truth, they could of done better but I thought the movie was alright and was rooting for Ryder the whole time cause I thought the characters were a little weak but then again what can you do if you are 1. stalked by a killer, 2. get blamed for the killings all the while trying to stay alive, and 3. having to explain this when you get home while trying not to be killed. That's just how horror movies are. It was cool to see someone else in the Ryder role, don't get me wrong Hauer was good in it, Bean did good too, and we all know the guy can handle villian type roles. So in conclusion the movie sucked kinda since it was short though Red Eye was short but that movie rocked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So good I screamed like a women

    I think that this movie was so terrifying and that the characters went thought hell and that the hitchhiker needs a new methiod though because his in this movie starts to get really anoying.

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    Posted October 28, 2008

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