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  • No, they don't do movies like this anymore. A tough one about self-hatred, mayhem and self- destruction: Franco Nero as a down-&-out reporter, Corinne Clery as his sexy, completely hollow spouse, plus David Hess doing his usual good- humored-and-mean-as-hell thing. "Autostop Rosso Sangue" is sleazy, sexist, ultra-violent, but not without some unforgettable moments: The naked Clery in front of a trailer holding a huge rifle in the middle of the night is like a hastily written, edgy but brilliant poem found in a tattered paperback left in a cheap motel. For a few short hours in his life, Pasquale Festa Campanile, creator of some of the worst Euro comedies ever, turned into a poète maudit of the most cynical kind. This is the kind of grindhouse cinema nobody can embrace with seventies nostalgia: mature, brutal, knowing, never "cool", always cold, gripping and utterly nihilistic. Anything else you would ask for?
  • Director Pasquale Festa Campanile is best known for thoroughly unremarkable comedies, some of which being on the saucy sexy side. This film here, however, does not easily fit into his CV.

    Autostop rosso sangue is a moody thriller, with a collection of unpleasant characters one would rather expect in a piece by Ruggero Deodato. If this film contains any humour (which is debatable) then certainly only of the dark and cynical kind. There are clear-cut villains (no surprises: David Hess) in this film, but the complete absence of really likeable characters makes this uncomfortable viewing. This film is certainly not for everyone and many people will find it shocking.

    Still, Autostop... is excellently put together, it is very effective in what it is trying to do. Campanile may be out of his genre here but he certainly was not out of his depth - this is one of his best films.
  • I agree with the other reviewers who lament David Hess's minor film career--his three key roles (Last House, House on the Edge, and Hitch Hike) showed amazing sleaze potential (he could've been the wisecracking villain in summer action movies if his time had come 20 years later). "Hitch Hike" can be called a precursor to the action films that litter multiplexes now, but it is also much more. It's an uncommon little B movie with the gloss and name actors (Franco Nero, Corrine Clery) of an A picture, along with a surprising moral slant, gay stickup men, and twists galore. Like most Italian exploitation films, "Hitch Hike" sometimes bogs down in a bit too much excess talk, but it helps flesh out the characters--they're not mere victims or heroes, but people, too. And for fans of Hess, this is a no-brainer. (A word of advice--seek out the Anchor Bay DVD, which is remastered and preserves the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio.)

  • Intense, off-beat Italian thriller is an underexposed classic.

    Fueding married couple, traveling across the country, make the mistake of picking up a hitch hiker who turns out to be a violent bank robber. But that's only the beginning of the story.

    Skillfully well done thriller is gripping in it's wildly turning plot. The cinematography is stylishly good, with some beautiful country side filming locations. The music, though seemingly out of place at times, is great too. In addition there is a decent amount of violence and some nudity.

    The real highlights of this film though are it's three stars, who seem to be in a show-stealing competition all through out the film. Franco Nero does a convincingly good performance as the alcoholic reporter, who has grown tired of his wife. Corinne Clery is fetching and talented as Nero's equally weary wife. The terrific David Hess makes for another great villain, also having played a crazed criminal in both Craven's Last House on the Left (1972) and another Italian exploitation film House on the Edge of the Park (1979).

    For those who are seeking an unconventional thriller or just a fan of Hess, this film will be a well rewarding watch.

    *** 1/2 out of ****
  • "Hitch Hike" is one of the best road movies I have ever seen. The legendary David Hess pulls off another great performance as the brutal hitch-hiker whilst the loving couple Franco "Django" Nero and Corinne Clery as Walter and Eve make for compulsive viewing.

    Involving and always engaging. Some great twists, wonderfully nasty minor individuals complete with decent characterisation make this essential for any video collection.

  • The_Void26 July 2004
    Hitch Hike is an incredible thriller. From the moment it starts, it grabs your attention and doesn't let it go until the film ends; moody, dark, exciting and brilliant; Hitch Hike is a rare gem that should not be missed by anyone lucky enough to get the chance to see it.

    In the familiar style of the more well known hitchhiker films such The Hitcher, Hitch Hike follows the fortunes of an Italian couple; a reporter and his wife that are traveling across America. On the way the couple, on the wife's advice, stop to pick up a hitchhiker. And obviously, that turns out to be a bad decision....

    Hitch Hike features three outstanding performances from it's three main leads; Franco Nero, who was made famous for Django, Corinne Clery, the beautiful young lady that would go on to play James Bond's love interest in Moonraker, and of course, David Hess; a man that horror fans will recognize from the shock horror classic; The Last House on the Left. All three of the leads portray their characters excellently, especially Franco Nero, at certain points in the movie, such as the part in which his wife is brutally raped, he really draws you into his character and you can feel his anger flowing from the TV screen. David Hess was typecast as the maniac of the piece, but nevertheless he plays the part well and he is every bit the unstable, insecure maniac that the couple are unfortunate enough to pick up. And finally; Corinne Clery, undoubtedly the least outstanding of the three in terms of character strength, gets to flex her acting muscles somewhat too as the victim of most of the film's brutality.

    What makes Hitch Hike so thrilling is mainly its free flowing and meandering plot structure. Through the events that transpire in the movie, which are largely unpleasant and brutal, we are repeatedly given the impression that anything can happen. This is brought about by the excellent way that the movie plays out as long as it can with its current events, and then throws a twist in when the last one has stagnated. This is done multiple times in the film and it really keeps the audience on their toes.

    Aside from being a thrilling exploitation flick, Hitch Hike is also an interesting character study. At several points in the movie, the characters interact and play off each other differently. For example, from the start of the movie, Franco Nero's character is portrayed as a selfish, arrogant, amoral man that most audience members will find hard to empathize with. However, once David Hess' character is introduced; a character which is much meaner and easier to dislike that Nero's, we are able to feel more for Nero's character and he undergoes a transformation from the villain of the piece to an antihero. This is a great thing for this movie, as you never really know where you are with the characters and they can always surprise you; the shocking and ironic ending epitomizes this best. The interaction between the characters, especially the early scenes between the couple and the hitchhiker are as fascinating as they are uncomfortable. The movie has a great way of drawing the viewer in with it's attention-grabbing banter, and yet at the same time making them wish they were somewhere else due to the tenseness and foreboding feel of danger about it.

    Hitch Hike also features a fantastic soundtrack from a man that is probably the best composer there ever was; Ennio Morricone. This movie features what is most definitely one of his best non-Leone scores. His music adds texture and vibrancy to the picture and really succeeds in making the powerful images on screen that much more powerful.

    Hitch Hike is a tense, exciting and efficient thriller and overall I find it hard to pick any faults with it, and the only real fault I can muster is that the dubbing isn't always great. If you're a fan of film, I recommend this film. But if you're a fan of thrillers, particularly in the exploitation style; I don't recommend, I insist.
  • lazarillo14 April 2004
    With all the crap movies we in the US suffered through in the 1970's both domestic and foreign, it's amazing that this little gem never got widely released. This movie is part film noir, part existential road movie, and part Italian giallo. It's very suspenseful and contains many strong scenes of realistic violence (and sexual violence), but never veers into the realm of total tastelessness like much of the 70's drive-in fare (especially the Italian-made stuff). The score from Ennio Morricone is great. The three leads are phenomenal. Franco Nero is so charismatic you forget what a bastard he is. Not surprisingly (considering it's an Italian exploitation movie), Bond girl Corrine Clery spends half the film at least partially naked, but what is surprising is that she would have been excellent regardless. And David Hess is better than he was in Last House on the Left. The British DVD contains a superb documentary which interviews the three stars, and it's downright surreal seeing a middle-aged, mild-mannered David Hess. He played a sick creep so well in this and other 70's movies, I had just assumed he was one in real life. The most amazing thing about this movie though was that it was shot in Italy. The filmmakers did such a good job capturing the look of 1970's Northern California and Nevada that I was having flashbacks of childhood road trips with my parents. And what an ending! They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Highly recommended.
  • Pasquale Festa Campanile's Hitch-Hike (1977) is not a movie that will be familiar to many viewers in the UK. It is an Italian-produced piece of drive-in drivel featuring European megastar Franco Nero as a drunken, bitter journalist touring the US with his gorgeous young wife Corinne Clery (best known to British audiences for her role in Moonraker); a dysfunctional couple at best, the flaws in their relationship are well and truly exposed when they pick up a stranded motorist who unfortunately turns out to be a psychopathic bank robber on the lam (played by mop-topped David Hess, reprising his patented 'complete scumbag' routine familiar from Wes Craven's highly unpleasant 1972 D-movie dog turd The Last House on the Left)... At best a film of two halves, Hitch-Hike is quite accomplished technically (an action scene in which Hess guns down two dopey cops is shot with Peckinpah-like style, whilst the several stunt sequences involving speeding vehicles are also pretty decent), and largely well-acted (Nero is particularly good), but the film is nevertheless undone by the mostly unimaginative script (the dialogue, of which there is a lot, is inane in the extreme, never more so than when Hess tries to persuade Nero to write a book about him, treating him to several deeply uninteresting anecdotes from his childhood, whilst the early scene in a campsite must be one of the worst-written, and most ineptly post-synched, pieces of film I've ever seen), the seedy emphasis on threats of impending sexual assault against the shapely Clery, and the many dumbly illogical things it requires the characters to do to drive the plot forward. Look at the scene in which Nero first realises Hess is a nutcase and gets the drop on him; after stunning him with a blow to the face and dragging him out of the back seat, common sense would dictate that Nero immediately get back into the car and tell his wife to floor it before the criminal recovers, but instead, Nero saunters down into a roadside ditch and stupidly continues whaling on Hess, with the result that the maniac is able to pull a pistol on the couple and take them hostage. Whilst the lusty emphasis on the female star's (often nude) body might well be typical of an exploitation movie of this vintage (and her style of 'trim' certainly is), it doesn't stop it from being distasteful. Clery's character very quickly becomes aware that their captor is a leering pervert who is going to defile her the first chance he gets, yet she never tries to take his mind off her shapely form by putting a few more clothes on, and instead continues wearing the same very provocative split-skirt-and-unbuttoned-blouse combo throughout the film, even after his first (failed) attempt at raping her. This angle leads to the disturbing scene in which Hess finally succeeds in having his way with Clery, whilst the hog-tied Nero watches in horror, which is incredibly crass as it portrays the wife as actually enjoying the act (a conceit in itself that might account for the flick's obscurity, as it would generally result in any film getting an instant red card from censors). The last quarter of Hitch-Hike admittedly drags it out of the ordinary (and out of the gutter), as it skilfully sketches the Nero character's final moral collapse, and ends the film on a considerable (and logical) downer. Also Ennio Morricone's incidental music, whilst a far cry from his best work, is nonetheless much more accomplished than this film deserves (I wish the same could be said of the atrocious happy-clappy campfire ditty repeated again and again at inappropriate points during the running time; I challenge you not to have it stuck in your head for hours after the film ends). However, overall this is sleazy, cheesy, cheap viewing, and not a film I would recommend.
  • A road rager full sick people and guilty pleasures. Nero is a twisted newspaper writer with a nasty streak against his lovely and all too forgiving wife played by Clery. On a return from holiday they pick up a stranded motorist (David Hess), who unknown to them was just involved in a $2 million dollar heist. What follows is a weell-paced often violent road flick that manages to entertain and promote a little thoght. You almost need a score card to follow all the backstabbing and two-timing going on. The plot zig-zags like a road to hell and nobody taking the trip is who they seem. 7/10
  • Wow, this could have been a great movie. The story could be very compelling. A boozing husband and a sheepish wife go on a camping trip. They stop to pick up a hitchhiker and then the trouble starts. Turns out the hitchhiker has just stolen some money and also ditched his fellow criminals. Now he gains control of this couple and forces them to drive him to a safe location.

    The problem in this movie is the acting. There is not one decent performance in the whole cast. Corine Cery as the wife is the best, and I have seen her in other movies and she is much better. Same with Franco Nero, a very good actor but he seems to have been asleep or something during this movie because his acting is horrible. The worse acting job is Devid Hess as the hitchhiker. We should feel either extreme hate or at least get some kind of feeling from this guy and we get nothing. He did not scare me, I felt nothing about him. From what I gather from others he is supposed to have played a lot of this kind of character. I guess he is supposed to be some kind of psychopath, but it just did not ring true to me. In a movie like this with this story, I should feel some sympathy for the wife and I don't. The only thing this movie has going for it is plenty of Corine Cery naked. Thats the only reason this gets 4 stars and thats a push.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    David Hess is at it again as another rapist-psycho in the exploitation "road-thriller", HITCH-HIKE. An Italian film shot to look as though it was filmed in the desert of the U.S. south-west, HITCH-HIKE is an often tense and entertaining film, that despite a good bit of relatively graphic violence, rape, and other "strong" content, never really seems to cross the line into blatantly sleazy exploit territory. An exploit film definitely - but one with a bit more substance than most...

    Playing a role much like the ones he's portrayed in LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF THE PARK - Hess puts on a powerful performance as a bank robber picked up by a drunk reporter and his extremely tolerant wife - the daughter of a publishing mogul. Hess is one of three who escaped the robbery unscathed, and is on the run and looking for safe-passage to Mexico to spend his new-found two million dollars. Along the way, Hess and company have run-in's with cops, the other remaining bank robbers, and other "obstacles" until the "shocking" finale...

    HITCH-HIKE will be a winner amongst 70's exploit fans, and also fans of Hess's other over-the-top performances. Franco Nero as the rough-and-tumble alcoholic reporter and Corinne Clery as his tolerant wife shine very much as well (especially Clery, who is gorgeous and spends a good bit of the film in various degrees of undress...). The storyline is pretty straight-forward, but has a "free-form" feel to it that allows for several twists and strange situations. My only real complaint is that the film feels about twenty minutes too long, as if some of the scenes towards the end could have been trimmed a bit - but the "downbeat" ending is worth it. Definitely worth a look to exploit and Hess fans...8.5/10
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    "Hitchhike" is a remarkably harsh and startling example of the back-roads killer thriller genre. It's a truly harrowing homicidal hitchhiker opus with a stand-out psycho perf by the ever-intense David Hess as a dangerous highway bandit who forces both Franco Nero and Corrine Clery as a bickering unhappily married couple to give him a ride. Pretty soon everyone in the cramped confined car are pushing each other's buttons. Nero especially falls prey to Hess' toxic influence; he slowly, but surely starts tapping into his heretofore repressed wild animal side as Hess helps himself to Nero's gorgeous wife (Clerry deserves special props for her very brave and unabashedly open performance). Things reach a full boil as the film progresses, leading to a truly jolting conclusion which I will not reveal. Trust me; this one is a true shocker with some nice'n'nasty nihilistic surprises and an unsparingly rough tone. It's expertly directed by Pasquale Festa Companile, with uniformly excellent acting from the whole cast (Hess in particular is wonderfully repulsive in his finest screen scumbag role to date), a tasty Ennio Morricone score, and several jarring outbursts of blood-curdlingly brutal violence, this unsung gem is well worth picking up. It's done in that slick'n'sleazy style that's a true marvelous hallmark of 70's Italian exploitation cinema. It even comes complete with a disturbingly dark, yet provocative point about human nature: We all have a latent capacity for extreme evil; all we need is the right negative stimulus to activate it. My only gripe is this horrendously sappy hippie folk tune that occasionally plays on the soundtrack; it's a simply irritating ditty that hurts the pic more than helps it. That minor criticism aside, this one overall rates as a real hair-raising winner.
  • Odd and strangely compelling thriller from director Pasqualie Festa Campanile. The film has the usual quota of dodgy dubbing, questionable acting and awkward scenes for this genre but it does have an underlying power that keeps you hooked until the end. There are enough twists and turns in the script to keep you guessing - it took me by surprise and I've seen literally thousands upon thousands of horror thrillers. Ennio Morricone's score is again, quite unique and adds quite a lot to the film and the cinematography is outstanding and looks beautiful on the region 2 Anchor Bay disc. All in all, if you're a fan of 70's and 80's Euro horror you will want to check this one out.
  • The simple, straightforward direction, the visually beautiful locations, the atmospheric score, and Franco Nero's great performance (I know David Hess has his fans also, but he really doesn't display much charisma in this role; imagine what a Henry Silva could have done with this!) are all positive qualities of the film. But the script is so nihilistic and cold-hearted that it's really hard to say you "liked" the film. The story becomes so labored, tries so hard to come to the most downbeat conclusion possible, that the film goes on at least 20 minutes too long. (**1/2)
  • JasparLamarCrabb28 February 2015
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    Pasquale Festa Campanile's squalid thriller is so insanely misogynistic it's offensive. Bickering couple Franco Nero and Corinne Cléry pick up hitchhiking bank robbery suspect David Hess out in the California desert. What ensues is a demented game of cat-and-mouse between Hess, some his cronies and the unlucky couple. Nero shouts a lot, Hess screams a lot and Cléry is relentlessly victimized, frequently stripped naked and beaten. Stupidly rules in this classless piece of junk that wastes a lot of talent and bores the viewer into a stupor. Ennio Morricone's Dylan-esque music score adds absolutely nothing. The film has been edited into various forms for viewing in different parts of the world, but it would be fine if all prints were in fact simply destroyed.
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    Though "Hitch Hike" is a very well made film, I feel that the hype made it fall somewhat flat for me. That isn't to say that I didn't truly enjoy it, however, I was told that there were a good deal of surprises and I didn't find too many. The acting is first rate, the soundtrack amazing, and the plot intense.

    A married couple that is doing a bit of traveling, decides to pick up a hitch hiker named Adam. At first, it seems that Adam is a fun loving and friendly young man, but soon the couple find that he is a dangerous criminal. Along the way, the couple is put under the abuse and control of Adam. Naturally, the beautiful wife suffers most...

    Though the plot was well structured and the action intense at times, I just didn't feel that the surprises were there. I had read many times that the ending was a really shocker and that it was impossible to see it coming. However, both my mother and I saw it coming all along! There was no real shock, it was just waiting for the moment to come. So, that being said, the film is amazing, but just don't expect to get an ending that will through your head through a loop. It may be surprising to others, but I just saw it as very predictable.

    The disc from Anchor Bay looks great, however! There are some interesting extras and takes on the film from the director and the actors. Luckily, I have a CD-R of the excellent score, but it is a shame an isolated music track wasn't put on the disc for others.
  • BA_Harrison31 January 2018
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    I abide by a simple rule when driving: never pick up a hitch-hiker, especially if he looks like David Hess. Bickering married couple Walter and Eve Mancini (Franco Nero and Corinne Cléry) do just that whilst driving cross country, quickly coming to regret offering stranded driver Adam Konitz (Hess) a lift when they discover that their passenger is in fact an escaped lunatic and armed robber who is on the run with $2m in his suitcase.

    While Hess is no doubt the most loathesome character in the car, the depraved killer quickly showing his true colours, Walter and Eve are no angels either: Walter is an egostistical, drunken, misogynistic, failed reporter living off his wife's money, while Eve is something of a spoiled ***** (although Corinne Cléry's stunning beauty cuts her a lot of slack in my eyes). As the film develops, the plot takes more twists and turns than the desert backroad travelled by the trio, leading to a most unexpected conclusion. The fun is in being along for the ride, not knowing where the film will take you.

    At 104 minutes, Hitch-hike is possibly a little too long, heavy on dialogue that might have benefitted from some judicious trimming, but director Pasquale Festa Campanile doesn't allow the pace to drop too much, delivering enough exploitative content at regular intervals to keep fans of '70s sleaze more than happy. Those wanting to see Hess in ultra-violent/sleazy mode will delight as he blows away two motorcycle cops (one taking a bullet to the head with bloody results), sends his gay partners-in-crime to a fiery death, and forces himself on Eve in front of a helpless Walter. And those looking for gratuitous nudity will be pleased to learn that Cléry is no shrinking violet.

    A memorable score from Ennio Morricone accompanies the uncompromising action, with a happy-clappy hippy singalong song contrasting the sex and violence.

    7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.
  • 8 out of 10. I never heard of this until I saw it on RARO's (new) website. It's damn good. A Very Intense Film! What didn't I like? Some of the overly repeated bits in Morricone's score. Okay, there is violence, nudity, sex, rape, murder, insanity, car crashes, motorcycles, CHiPs, theft, misogyny, greed, selfishness and a great deal of barren road. Italy subs for Southern Cali in this movie. Poor Eve. Poor Adam. "God will get you for that Walter! " is from a sitcom, but karma may catch up to Nero's poor drunken Walter. Product Placement! KFC, Texaco, Carlton cigarettes and other brands, Coke, Pepsi and more. They are brief, but look for the Colonel Sanders cameo! (twice!). Recommend for fans of road trip films, Franco Nero fans, and camping enthusiasts. I had to ask myself this: In the scene by the waterfall Nero has put a table and 4 chairs in the grass as he and Adam chat. Eve is cooking. So there are only three people. Why four chairs? it bugged me.
  • Hey_Sweden7 September 2013
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    With an uncompromising dark tone, effectively depraved moments, and committed performances by its star trio, "Autostop Rosso Sangue" (American title: "Hitch-Hike") is a solid and compelling exploitation feature from co-writer / director Pasquale Festa Campanile. It's a story of three strong personalities coming together fatefully. Played out against some stunning rural vistas, it's got enough gore, sleaziness, and nudity to satisfy devotees of this genre.

    Franco "Django" Nero plays a reporter named Walter Mancini who's going on a trip with his wife Eve (Corinne Clery of "Moonraker"). Walter only really married her because of her family's money but now he's gotten tired of her. Since they already don't get along too well, it only gets worse when hitchhiker Adam Konitz (the legendary Mr. David Hess) shows up. Eve gives him a ride basically just to annoy her husband, and Adam reveals himself to be - in true David Hess fashion - a demented, horny creep. Most of the rest of the movie shows what happens when Walter and Eve find that they can't get Adam out of their lives.

    "Hitch-Hike" is potent stuff, with two motorcycle cops getting gunned down and a pivotal scene involving Adams' rape of Eve. The stunning Ms. Clery shows all of the goods in a couple of shots. The story hinges on the antagonistic relationship between these new acquaintances and how Adam is always at work manipulating and taunting Walter. Interestingly, it doesn't quite play out the way one would expect it to; it has some surprises up its sleeve, and it ends on a bleak, nihilistic note. The three stars are good together, with the film hitting its stride upon the introduction of the Adam character. It maintains a rather intimate feel, with not very many major players; even Adams' partners-in-crime don't end up with that much to do. The photography is gorgeous, the action exciting (there's a sequence reminiscent of "Duel" at one point), and the tension palpable. It's all set to an eclectic and striking soundtrack courtesy of the great Ennio Morricone.

    Highly recommended to fans of the three leads.

    Eight out of 10.
  • Not a bad little exploitation yarn. We have Hess from 'Last House' to spice it up, he always plays a great psycho. He almost verbatim repeats his character from "House on the Edge of the Park" but that's okay. We're not sick of it yet! In this new age of torture porn and despicably uncool modern horror, it's refreshing to see where these things came from. Here you go.

    "Hitch-Hike" is a rip off of Mario Bava's classic road-horror, "Kidnapped," with a dash of "Last House on the Left" and sprinkle of "Race With The Devil" thrown in for good measure. While it is less entertaining and way less convincing than "Kidnapped," it still works as a fun little romp for those who are not schooled in Italian horror and exploitation. Seems that more folks are discovering Blue Underground nowadays and you vets will recognize that in reading the reviews on here. For those of us who've done the research, this obscure, newly released film does deliver on many levels but nothing we haven't seen before. Watch Franco Nero who rocks the house in what has to be the most despicable man ever portrayed in a film. No redeeming qualities to be found there. I thought he pulled it off wonderfully.

    There are many, many Italian exploitation/sleaze/horror films that you should have seen before this one if "Hitch-Hike" shocks you at all.

    Oh yea- the soundtrack is awesome.

    7 out of 10, kids.
  • I saw this on the shelves of a local record store today and noticed the Blue Underground logo so I picked it up. Upon further inspection, meaning I just read the box, I noticed that David Hess was the star so I just had to give it a shot. It was a very enjoyable movie that deserves to be recognized much more than it has. I had never even heard of it before today and it was so good that I wish I had so I could have enjoyed it sooner.

    David Hess is one of the kings of exploitation and he rules in this film as the hitchhiker that destroys a bickering couple's trip. The other actors weren't bad either. The story is great and even better than most exploitation films because it's very well thought out and has a lot of clever plot twists that you will never see coming. It also has great blood and gore. You won't want to miss it.

    Check this one out if you can find it. If you can't find it, sucks to be you!
  • David Hess and Franco Nero: how can you go wrong? Great action/drama about a married couple who hate each other that pick up an escaped convict played by the man, David Hess. He holds the two hostage as the couple try and work together to get rid of him any way they can. Awesome dialog, good acting, some nice suspense scenes, and plenty of female nudity make this a must see. The ending however is pretty dumb and should have ended about 20 min. earlier.
  • I obtained this title because of its high rating on IMDb as well as the fact it's unrated. Movies from the seventies are notorious for their high levels of sexual situations and violence as compared to films today, thus they're always worth checking out just on those merits alone.

    "Hitch-hike" was no exception. There wasn't that much gore but the sexual situations were probably what warranted the non rating. Unfortunately, "Hitch-hike" suffered from poor acting from both the main characters and the rest of the ensemble cast. The pacing was fine as was the scenery. Was this a must-see flick? Not really. You've seen better.
  • I don't believe that no user at all has noted the obvious relation between Robert Harmon's HITCHER and this item of course made long before. I gues you have many gems of tis kind lost in distributors vaults and not necessarily released thu DVD. I won't add much but just enjoy...
  • Warning: Spoilers
    HITCH-HIKE is a moralistic Italian crime thriller with a sleazy feel that comes from the presence in the cast of David Hess, playing up to his usual sadistic LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT persona. He plays a volatile hitch-hiker who is picked up by bickering couple Franco Nero and Corinne Clery and subsequently holds them hostage on a lengthy road trip. The film has much in common with Mario Bava's RABID DOGS but is nowhere near as good, because the story is quite depressing and the incidents depicted are more unpleasant than not. Thee's a great deal of beating and humiliation, with nudity and rape the order of the day here. Saying that, the direction is slick and there's plenty of suspense too, amid the broken characters and outbursts of sadism. I found the big twist ending to be somewhat predictable given the film's level of nihilism as a whole.
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