The Hitcher (1986) Revisited – Horror Movie Review

The new episode of the Revisited video series looks back at the 1986 classic The Hitcher, starring Rutger Hauer

A new episode of the Revisited video series has just arrived online, and in this one we’re looking back at a classic from the 1980s: the horror thriller The Hitcher (watch it HERE), which was released back in ’86. To find out what we had to say about The Hitcher, check out the video embedded above.

Directed by Robert Harmon from a screenplay by Eric Red, The Hitcher has the following synopsis: While transporting a car from Chicago to San Diego, Jim Halsey picks up a hitchhiker named John Ryder, who claims to be a serial killer. After a daring escape, Jim hopes to never see Ryder again. But when he witnesses the hitchhiker murdering an entire family, Jim pursues Ryder with the help of truck-stop waitress Nash, pitting the rivals against each other in a deadly series of car chases and brutal murders.

The film stars C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jeffrey DeMunn, with the late Rutger Hauer delivering one of his greatest performances as the title character.

The The Hitcher episode of Revisited was Written by Emilie Black, Narrated by Niki Minter, Edited by Lance Vlcek, Produced by Tyler Nichols and John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

Several series on the JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channel have been released under the Revisited banner in the past. (Episodes of Best Horror Movie You Never Saw, The Black Sheep, Deconstructing, Horror Party Movies, Best Foreign Horror Movies, Playing with Fear, and Real Slashers have all been labeled Revisited on YouTube.) We recently got a new series simply titled Revisited started with an episode dedicated to Chopping Mall. Since then, the series has covered Tales from the Darkside: The MovieVideodromeJacob’s LadderRe-AnimatorHouse II: The Second StoryTales from the Crypt: Demon KnightPoltergeistKiller Klowns from Outer SpaceFright NightThe FogThe CraftElvira: Mistress of the DarkPet SemataryProm NightStorm of the CenturyKolchak: The Night Stalker, Gremlins, Swamp Thing, and Army of Darkness.

Two previous episodes of Revisited can be seen below. To see more of our shows, head over to the JoBlo Horror Originals channel – and subscribe while you’re at it!

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Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.