Hitch Hike to Hell (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hitch Hike to Hell (1978)

Hitch Hike to Hell




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Robert Gribbin stars as Howard, a dry cleaning delivery van driver and pampered mama's boy who goes over the deep end in this violent exploitation thriller. Howard is mild-mannered and slightly simple-minded, with a habit of picking up teenage hitchhikers while driving his delivery routes. Sometimes the girls admit to being runaways, and if they claim to hate their mothers it drives Howard into a violent frenzy; his sister ran away from home years ago and was never heard from again, causing his desperate, addled mother to tighten her hold on him. Howard never remembers raping his victims or strangling them with wire coat hangers, though his boss does notice missed deliveries and late arrivals. He becomes increasingly careless during these violent fits, strewing clues that the police are unable to piece together. The crime spree is investigated by Captain Shaw (Russell Johnson), who hopes that this "mental case" doesn't turn out to be another Zodiac Killer. Howard starts feeling sick and uneasy but can't understand why, suffering nightmares and headaches. His job is in jeopardy and the stress overwhelms him, so when he picks up an 11-year-old girl alone on the interstate, he makes a final mistake.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: John Buckley


Robert Gribbin
as Howard Martin
Russell Johnson
as Captain J.W. Shaw
John Harmon
as Mr. Baldwin
Randy Echols
as Lt. Davis
Dorothy Bennett
as Mrs. Martin
Kippi Bell
as Evelyn Davis
John Grant
as Mr. Burke
Don Lewis
as Gay Boy
Gail Bowman
as Lydia Welles
Vincent Lucchesi
as Mr. Lathrop
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