The Hitcher (1986) - Rating, Synopsis, Review

The Hitcher

The Hitcher is a 1986 English language Road action horror movie directed by Robert Harmon. David Bombyk has produced the movie under the banner: HBO Pictures. When we consider the Casting of this movie, the lead roles are played by Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell while the supporting roles are played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn. Music is composed by the Music Director Mark Isham, while Robert Harmon has provided the screenplay.

  • Release Date:  1986
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Cast and Crew: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn, Billy Green Bush, Jack Thibeau, Armin Shimerman, John M. Jackson, Jon Van Ness, Gene Davis, Tony Epper, Henry Darrow
  • Director:  Robert Harmon
  • Screenwriter:  Eric Red

The Hitcher (1986)Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • Andrew = 9 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 2.1 / 10

The Hitcher (1986) Synopsis:

When Jim picks up a hitchhiker in the middle of the night, he is far from expecting that it will embark him in a deadly journey to stop that mysterious killer.

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The Hitcher (1986) Review:

the Hitcher is a classic from the ’80s that is too often forgotten despite the amount of goodness that it packs.


The movie starts exactly as you would expect it to do, with a guy picking up a hitchhiker who very quickly proves to be a lunatic. No lengthy introduction or character presentation here, The Hitcher gets you immediately into the action, and won’t stop messing around with you for the next 90 minutes. The story is like a giant “hunter and prey” game, the hitcher playing with its victim like a cat plays with a trapped mouse. But the overall story remains surprising enough to be entertaining. It feels very much like a realistic version of the Terminator movies, without the science-fiction behind.

The character of “the hitcher” is probably the one reason to watch the movie. Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Batman Begins, Sin City) and his clear green eyes play very well. He is like an unstoppable machine, but in a disturbing way because of his unpredictable temper.

Overall, The Hitcher is one of the greatest survival horror movies of the ’80s