Worryingly Bleak Deaths of the 80s #2 – The Hitcher

Rutger Hauer’s career may have spent more time in the ‘low budget’ leagues but he’s so ultimately unfuckwittable in The Hitcher (1986), that we are incapable of even attempting to watch the remake.  Even if Sean Bean was actually pretty good in Game of Thrones.

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Hauer’s terrifying turn as the psychotic John Ryder lives long in the memory.  As does the shocking death of Nash, one of the three main characters in the movie.

When Ryder ties her inbetween two trucks in order to terrorise Jim Halsey (played by C. Thomas Howell), you’re not expecting him to actually hit the accelerator.

What happens next can only be described as bleak but is perfectly suited to the rest of the movie which remains one of the most taut thrillers of its decade.

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