|release date||January 19 2007|
|writer||Jake Wade Wall, Eric Brent|
|starring||Sophia Bush, Sean Bean, Zach Knighton, Neal McDonough|
|trailer 1||Trailer #1|
SynopsisFrom filmmaker Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company (producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror) comes The Hitcher, an update of the 1986 film of the same name. Dave Meyers makes his feature directorial debut on the new thriller, which tracks the terrifying trajectory of Grace Andrews (Sophia Bush) and Jim Halsey (Zachary Knighton), a collegiate couple who are tormented by the mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher (Sean Bean). The young couple hit the road in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, en route to spring break. But their pleasure trip soon turns into a waking nightmare. The initial encounters with Ryder are increasingly off-putting for Grace and Jim, and they bravely fight back when he ambushes them. But they are truly blindsided when he implicates them in a horrific slaying and continues to shadow them. The open road becomes a suspenseful, action-packed battleground of blood and metal as, in trying to elude not only Ryder but also New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Esteridge’s (Neal McDonough) officers, Grace and Jim must fight for their lives and face their fears head-on.
Recent remakes have come under fire for making so many changes to the original (Dawn of the Dead, Black Christmas). Well, the detractors of those films should be happy to learn that the remake of The Hitcher was so similar, original writer Eric Red is given partial screenplay credit (along with the obvious “Based on” credit), despite having no involvement with the project, a Writer’s Guild decision that surprised even the remake’s producers. …Read More