History Film / TheHitcher

24th Oct '17 8:15:09 AM RedScharlach
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The story is about a young man named Jim Halsey, played by none other than Creator/CThomasHowell, who's driving a car through the US of A. He decides to go against his mother's warnings and pick up a hitchhiker, [[AxCrazy John Ryder]] played by Creator/RutgerHauer, who will then turn his next few days into a wide awake nightmare.

to:

The story is about a young man named Jim Halsey, played by none other than Creator/CThomasHowell, who's driving a car through the US of A. He decides to go against his mother's warnings and pick up a hitchhiker, [[AxCrazy John Ryder]] played by Creator/RutgerHauer, who will then turn turns his next few days into a wide awake waking nightmare.



* BadassLongcoat: In a villanous example, John Ryder wears one.

to:

* BadassLongcoat: In a villanous villainous example, John Ryder wears one.



* FilmNoir: The original 1986 film can mostly play out as this, the original screenplay was even more noir-ish then the actual film.

to:

* FilmNoir: The original 1986 film can mostly play plays out as this, this; the original screenplay was even more noir-ish then the actual film.



* {{Gorn}}: The remake. The scene of a German Shepherd licking blood off a slit neck in the original can also count.

to:

* {{Gorn}}: The remake. The scene of a German Shepherd licking blood off a slit neck in the original can may also count.



* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Nash]] in the original, [[spoiler: Jim]] in the remake.

to:

* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Nash]] [[spoiler:Nash]] in the original, [[spoiler: Jim]] in the remake.



* ICannotSelfTerminate: Ryder repeatedly gives Jim the opportunity to kill him, goading him to do so. [[spoiler: Possibly a subversion, as it's unclear if Ryder truly wants to end his own rampage, or if he wants to turn ''Jim'' into a killer who'll carry on after him.]]

to:

* ICannotSelfTerminate: Ryder repeatedly gives Jim the opportunity to kill him, goading him to do so. [[spoiler: Possibly [[spoiler:Possibly a subversion, as it's unclear if Ryder truly wants to end his own rampage, or if he wants to turn ''Jim'' into a killer who'll carry on after him.]]



* MadeOfIron: John Ryder in the remake manages to dislocate his thumb with an extremely audible "CRACK", skin his hand in bloody/painful-looking detail to free himself from handcuffs, and still is able to function said hand without any problem.

to:

* MadeOfIron: John Ryder in the remake manages to dislocate his thumb with an extremely audible "CRACK", skin his hand in bloody/painful-looking detail to free himself from handcuffs, and but still is able to function said use that hand without any problem.



* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: The movie seems to imply a psuedo-sadomasochistic relationship between Jim and Ryder, and that this relation ship is more father/son or between lovers than hunter/prey.]]

to:

* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The movie seems to imply a psuedo-sadomasochistic pseudo-sadomasochistic relationship between Jim and Ryder, and that this relation ship is more a relationship closer to father/son or between lovers than hunter/prey.]]



** The original film is a textbook example of this. After young teenager Jim Halsey manages to thwart serial killer John Ryder's attempt to add him to one of his list of victims, Ryder becomes [[FoeYay completely obsessed]] with [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]] Halsey and [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou killing or being killed by him]]. Ryder himself looks to be around 40 - 50 years old.

to:

** The original film is a textbook example of this. After young teenager Jim Halsey manages to thwart serial killer John Ryder's attempt to add him to one of his list of victims, Ryder becomes [[FoeYay completely obsessed]] with [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]] Halsey and [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou killing or being killed by him]]. Ryder himself looks to be around 40 - to 50 years old.



* StealthPun: The film is not called ''The Hitchhiker'', but ''The Hitcher'', which is {{Foreshadowing}} of the film's most famous murder.

to:

* StealthPun: The film is not called ''The Hitchhiker'', but ''The Hitcher'', which is a {{Foreshadowing}} of the film's most famous murder.



* VillainousValour: Exagerrated to the fact that Ryder can take down an helicopter with just one single gun.

to:

* VillainousValour: Exagerrated Exaggerated to the fact point that Ryder can take down an helicopter with just one single gun.
1st Jul '17 2:47:25 PM Darkmage7280
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* TheFilmOfTheSong: The movie was inspired by "Riders on the Storm" by Music/TheDoors: "There's a killer on the road/His brain is squirming like a toad/Take a long holiday/Let your children play/If you give this man a ride/Sweet family will die..." Just to drive the point home, the movie opens on the road in a storm, and the Hitcher gives his name as John Ryder.

to:

* TheFilmOfTheSong: The movie was inspired by "Riders on the Storm" by Music/TheDoors: "There's a killer on the road/His brain is squirming like a toad/Take a long holiday/Let your children play/If you give this man a ride/Sweet family memory will die..." Just to drive the point home, the movie opens on the road in a storm, and the Hitcher gives his name as John Ryder.
1st Jul '17 2:45:53 PM Darkmage7280
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BadassLongcoat: In a villanous example, John Ryder wears one.
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: Although the film has a living hitchhiker, John Ryder [[spoiler: has no social security number, driver's license, or any other indication that he exists]]. Oh, and he's a psychopathic killer that beats down anybody he pleases.



* BigDamnVillains: Ryder, who actually saves Jim and Nash's lives (but only so he can try and kill them later) from the vengeful cops.



* BreakTheCutie: In the original. John succeeds.



** Ryder is also briefly the target of this in the original.



* BadassLongcoat: In a villanous example, John Ryder wears one.
* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: Although the film has a living hitchhiker, John Ryder [[spoiler: has no social security number, driver's license, or any other indication that he exists]]. Oh, and he's a psychopathic killer that beats down anybody he pleases.
* BigDamnVillains: Ryder, who actually saves Jim and Nash's lives (but only so he can try and kill them later) from the vengeful cops.
* BreakTheCutie: In the original. John succeeds.
18th May '17 12:34:35 PM SolidTrig
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: John Ryder comes across as almost supernatural at times. The man slaughters roomfuls of armed cops with ease, shoots down a helicopter with a revolver, and seems to vanish and reappear whenever he chooses. Rutger Hauer has even speculated that Ryder is actually a ghost haunting the desert highways.

to:

* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: John Ryder comes across is portrayed as almost supernatural at times.supernaturally dangerous and elusive. The man slaughters roomfuls of armed cops with ease, shoots down a helicopter with a revolver, and seems to vanish and reappear whenever he chooses. Rutger Hauer has even speculated that Ryder is actually a ghost haunting the desert highways.
14th May '17 8:44:35 AM SolidTrig
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: John Ryder comes across as almost supernatural at times. The man slaughters roomfuls of armed cops with ease, shoots down a helicopter with a revolver, and seems to vanish and reappear whenever he chooses. Rutger Hauer has even speculated that Ryder is actually a ghost haunting the desert highways.
25th Mar '17 11:32:29 AM DaBradGuy
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: The film begins around 5:00 AM on one day, and ends sometime before noon the next.
22nd Feb '17 10:17:31 AM AnotherGuy
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* PopCultureOsmosis: The CruelAndUnusualDeath mentioned above is what most people know about the original.
22nd Feb '17 10:16:00 AM AnotherGuy
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* StealthPun: The film is not called ''The Hitchhiker'', but ''The Hitcher'', which is {{Foreshadowing}} of the film's most famous murder.
13th Jan '17 8:56:02 AM jeffreyloonychen
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** HotBlooded [[RabidCop Trooper Lyle Hancock]], who tried to invoke LoopholeAbuse to find an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters excuse for kill Jim rather then just arrest him out of]] [[JerkassWoobie blind grief-stricken rage]] [[RevengeBeforeReason to avenge the deaths of two of his police force buddies]]. When that does not work, he tries to shoot him anyway in front of a busload of witnesses, an action which would cost him his badge and have him be prosecuted for being a DirtyCop who went against typical police protocol. It could have been worse for him when Jim's innocence would be later revealed.

to:

** HotBlooded [[RabidCop Trooper Lyle Hancock]], who tried to invoke LoopholeAbuse to find an [[HeWhoFightsMonsters excuse for kill Jim rather then just arrest him out of]] [[JerkassWoobie blind grief-stricken rage]] [[RevengeBeforeReason to avenge the deaths of two of his police force buddies]]. When that does not work, he tries to shoot him anyway in front of a busload of witnesses, an action which would cost him his badge and have him be prosecuted for being a KillerCop and a borderline DirtyCop who went against typical police protocol. It could have been worse for him when Jim's innocence would be later revealed.
14th Oct '16 7:22:53 PM pepsimax
Is there an issue? Send a Message


It got a sequel in 2003, ''The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting'', with C. Thomas Howell reprising his role as Jim, and this time featuring Creator/JakeBusey as the murderer. It was [[TheRemake remade]] in 2007 by Platinum Dunes, with Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton and Creator/SeanBean. See also ''Film/{{Highwaymen}}'', its SpiritualSuccessor by the same director.

to:

It got a sequel in 2003, ''The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting'', with C. Thomas Howell reprising his role as Jim, and this time featuring Creator/JakeBusey as the murderer. It was [[TheRemake remade]] in 2007 by Platinum Dunes, with Sophia Bush, Creator/SophiaBush, Zachary Knighton and Creator/SeanBean. See also ''Film/{{Highwaymen}}'', its SpiritualSuccessor by the same director.
This list shows the last 10 events of 77. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Film.TheHitcher