The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting Reviews
July 18, 2014
September 12, 2008
Had I seen C. Thomas Howell in any major motion pictures since the 1980's? No. Should I have had any expectations of seeing a good film at all? No. Was this a good film? Not even close.
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)
August 31, 2008
It's an ok road movie slasher but not as good or intense as the first or the remake!
January 3, 2009
It's the sequel to the original 1984 film and it's not great but sadly it's a little better than the remake to the original.
May 21, 2012
Just as good as the original if not better only thing missin is Rutger hauer. This sequal does not suck. Same style as the first movie. more gruesome then the first. C thomas howell comes back. Its a ride from the beggining to the end. If u like the original Hitcher you will love this! Amazing score.
February 7, 2014
C. Thomas Howell really, really got bad at acting, speaking in a low growl for the majority of his time on screen. The protagonist ended up being boring, the antagonist was everything but compelling, and the story was pretty nonexistant. Such an unnecessary sequel. Ugh, I'm gonna take a shower and wash myself of this movie.
May 6, 2013
Direct-to-DVD horror sequel. You do the math.
March 29, 2013
Surprisingly decent sequel. Not nearly as good as the original or the remake, but still tense and enjoyable, with a solid climax. The three leads all do a decent job, I just wish C. Thomas Howell had been the protagonist. It would have made the move much more interesting.
January 31, 2013
It has been 15 years, but Officer Jim Halsey hasn't forgotten the horrible events that he experienced as a teen out on that desolate stretch of highway in Texas. He decides to return with his wife to face down his own personal demons, only to find that the hitcher from his nightmares has been waiting for another ride... C. Thomas Howell returns as the paranoid Jim Halsey in this late sequel to the high-octane thriller THE HITCHER, although it is Kari Wuhrer who ultimately faces off with the demented killer. Jake Busey fills in for Rutger Hauer this round, who is a suitable choice for the villain (if not completely over-the-top). While the throwaway lines and dialog are all deeply embedded in genre cliches, the unexpected action sequences are fresh and unpredictable. They still have a very small feel to them as opposed to the explosive action of the first film, though director Louis Morneau does leave off with a dogfight between a crop duster and a tanker truck. As unnecessary and repetitive as THE HITCHER 2 may be, it still provides mild entertainment for the jaded viewer.
July 29, 2011
This is how bad the original Hitcher would have been if Rutger Hauer had been replaced by Jake Busey, or, let's say - oh yeah, Sean Bean. Fortunately, the original had a great villain to fall back on, to make up for it's ridiculous plot - this garbage didn't.
June 3, 2006
THE HITCHER II: I'VE BEEN WAITING (2003)
April 2, 2011
So the movie starts out as a normal direct to DVD sequel with the main character having a job helping people and having flashbacks. Of course he has a girlfriend too. So I really enjoyed the original, but this one was very bad. I hated the 'hitch hiker' he was so annoying and didn't even seem like a psycho. He seemed like he needed to be in a comedy. The only things I liked were seeing the main character bad in it and some parts of the movie were shocking and a little suspenseful. Overall the movie was boring and dull.
August 6, 2009
The amusing Sequel to the Hitcher it is nice and a little like the old Movie but it can't compare
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July 26, 2009
[I just read this review back and, you know, I think I went on too long. I'm posting it anyway 'cause it took a bloody long time to write, but you don't have to read it to know what I think of this film. It's stupid, it's unnecessary and it gets two out of ten only because some of the cinematography is nice. If you're a fan of the original, it will only hurt you.]
Let's get one thing straight here: aside from being one of the absolute greats of the horror/thriller genre, the original Hitcher was a deliberately self-contained story with a very definite ending. It never needed a sequel and it never wanted one, but some bright sparks got together and decided (seventeen years after the fact) to go ahead and make one anyway. Which might not have been so bad had they just rehashed the basic story with some completely different characters. If that had been the case I would have just switched the TV off* and gone to bed. I nearly did, until it dawned on me this "Jim" fella was actually Jim from the original. I mean, Jesus cockhole-fingering Christ, they actually went and made a fucking sequel to The Hitcher - and it's shit!
At this point I really should come clean and admit that this isn't going to be a fair and balanced review so much as a deliberate hatchet job. A long-ass, honest, heart-felt hatchet job. Because unlike the makers of this shit, I have respect for the source material.
Basically, our hero Jim is back, and they actually got C. Thomas Howell in to play him once again (not that you'd know - dude got old). To be honest, Howell was the only flaw in the original - a decent-but-not-great actor given a role that was clearly beyond him and expected to square up to Rutger Hauer - but at least back then he was trying real hard. If you look at his resume since, he's actually done a lot of film and TV work, none of which I've actually seen; nevertheless, based on the evidence of this one he's matured (if that's the right word) into something of a soap opera actor. Either that or, as I think is the case, he just ain't trying. Anyway, Jim's become a cop now, but as is the norm for decade-plus-later sequels (Hallowe'en H20, anyone?) he's still scarred by what happened to him all those years ago, which is why he keeps gunning down innocent people. Eventually this loses him his job, so he phones Captain Esteridge (yep), who advises him to come back to Texas to face his demons and by the way, bring that lovely wife of yours. Little do they know that blah blah blah arse pants crap fartsticks.
The murdering hitcher they end up picking up (because Jim's wife keeps his testicles in the glove compartment) turns out to be yet another psycho, this time played by Jake Busey. Jake's played the evil killer before, in The Frighteners, which bothered me even in that otherwise fine film because the guy's about as threatening as a two-legged kitten. He looks like Bill and Ted combined, and I genuinely don't know if he's a bad actor or he just treats every film he's in like he knows it's a piece of shit. But what really slays me about this movie is that there's a suggestion in the film that this is somehow the same guy, John Ryder - "he just looks different". Which I think might just be the stupidest thing I've ever heard in a movie. Yep, it's stupider than the "dilly dally shilly shally" bit in Advent Children. It's dumber than the "power glove" joke in Freddy's Dead. People, this is even more moronic than Australia, in it's entirety. This is it. Ground zero. Any last words?
It's actually Jim's emasculating wife, Maggie, who turns out to be the hero of the piece...which is fine, I guess, even if by the time you realise that's the direction they're going in, you're brain has atrophied. From then on you're pretty much reduced to praying for an ending - any ending, as long as it comes NOW. Because this, my friends, is worse than garbage. This is to The Hitcher what a painful post-curry shit is to you.
* God bless ITV. Incidentally, they had a lady in the corner translating the dialogue into sign language, which is good, and it wasn't as distracting as I thought it might be. But I did find myself feeling very sorry for the poor girl. She had the horrible task of watching and trying to look interested in this miserable fucking film. I hope they paid her well.
February 28, 2008
History repeats itself when troubled ex-cop Jim (Howell) returns to the remote Texas county where years earlier he was stalked and tormented by a murderous hitchhiker. This time, a demented maniac (Busey) murders everyone in his path and frames Jim and his girlfriend Maggie (Wuhrer) for his crimes.
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