The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Reviews
So why am I angry? I'll tell you. The first Hitcher film is one of my favourite thrillers of the 80's that had you on the edge of your seat the entire film and actually had the balls to dispatch main characters along it's course. This film is nothing but a cheap and pathetic rip off of the previous film, right down to supposed "twists and surprises" that are so lame you begin to wonder why they attempted a sequel in the first place. Well you are in the same both with the rest of us poor saps who actually spent money (thankfully only $.79 in my case) on this stinker.
The plot is simple, our hero from the original film (Howell) returns aged but still haunted by what happened to him 17 years ago. Because of this, both his job and his marriage are on the rocks so he decides to take a road trip (despite past experiences) with wife (Wuhrer) in tow. Along the way they run along to a stranger (Busey) who is essentially a replacement of the far superior Rutger Hauer in an inferior attempt to replicate the first films excitement.
If you are a fan of the first film, AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS. This is only a sequel in name, and even C. Thomas Howell must have known that this was nothing but a paycheck in an attempt to cash in on the classic original. If you haven't seen the first film, I would still reccomend that you avoid this, but perhaps you can find more redeeming qualities in this junk than I could.
3/10 (and I'm being generous)
On a list of unnecessary sequels, "The Hitcher II" has got to be near the top. The likelihood of the Howell's character ending up in the exact same situation he was in twenty years earlier--framed for a murder spree by a mysterious, trench-coat clad psycho--is even more far fetched than John McClain of the "Die Hard" series ending up in the middle of two large-scale hostage situations.
What's more, this sequel to a movie that was scary partly because it had an air of realism about it goes so quickly over the top that it is downright cartoony by the time the third act rolls around. The film is utterly humorless but it is nonetheless hilarious. (Things start going really wrong with the first mass shootout with the cops, get seriously goofy when Busy's mad killer commandeers a backhoe, and reach the utterly absurd with a tanker truck vs. airplane showdown.)
As impossible as it will be to suspend your disbelief while watching this movie, it does have a certain bizarre charm about it; it's a complete and utter waste of time but it's entertainning enough. It would make a great addition to a Bad Movie Night line-up, particularly since it features decent acting--even if Gary Busy can't even hold the faintest of candles to Rutger Hauer's menacing presence in the original film--and moves along at a rapid pace. (Something that's all-fire necessary with a script as stupid as what we have here... the audience really shouldn't be given any time to think about what is unfolding.)
The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting
Starring: Kari Wuhrer, Gary Busey, C. Thomas Howell, and Shaun Johnston
Director: Louis Morneau