The Hitch-hiker Reviews

  • Nov 25, 2020

    A master class in lean, no-bullshit filmmaking, Ida Lupino's highly influential noir strips away the cinematic excesses that would drag down many subsequent takes on the sociopath terrorizing hostages plot. Clocking in at a tight 71 minutes, Lupino shows a deft hand at developing characters and building tension, while never leaving the audience feeling cheated for more. This would make a great double feature with The Sadist.

    A master class in lean, no-bullshit filmmaking, Ida Lupino's highly influential noir strips away the cinematic excesses that would drag down many subsequent takes on the sociopath terrorizing hostages plot. Clocking in at a tight 71 minutes, Lupino shows a deft hand at developing characters and building tension, while never leaving the audience feeling cheated for more. This would make a great double feature with The Sadist.

  • Sep 21, 2020

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars. If it would have kept a little more tension in the plot, it would have been a great product.

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars. If it would have kept a little more tension in the plot, it would have been a great product.

  • Sep 20, 2020

    This is a simple, direct thriller with a lot of tension. Talman's performance is excellent and realistic as a very, very bad guy. The early 50's feel, the great close-ups, and the desert scenery add the on-screen elements to a basic human story of hapless, innocent good versus professional evil.

    This is a simple, direct thriller with a lot of tension. Talman's performance is excellent and realistic as a very, very bad guy. The early 50's feel, the great close-ups, and the desert scenery add the on-screen elements to a basic human story of hapless, innocent good versus professional evil.

  • Dec 31, 2019

    Ida Lupino was severely underrated as a director and storyteller.

    Ida Lupino was severely underrated as a director and storyteller.

  • May 06, 2019

    Good for it day...not good this day, think Blobbo.

    Good for it day...not good this day, think Blobbo.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    The best thrilling movie ever made!

    The best thrilling movie ever made!

  • Oct 09, 2018

    Tough, no nonsense thriller with a good male-only cast (but by a female director!) was certainly a shocker at its time, but seems now a bit meek compared to today's standards.

    Tough, no nonsense thriller with a good male-only cast (but by a female director!) was certainly a shocker at its time, but seems now a bit meek compared to today's standards.

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Sep 12, 2018

    Ida Lupino directed this tough little pot-boiler of a thriller about 2 regular guys on a fishing trip who get kidnapped by one psychologically scarred piece of work for a cross-country trip via automobile. Everything's good here, everything, the direction, the acting, the writing ... a great noir.

    Ida Lupino directed this tough little pot-boiler of a thriller about 2 regular guys on a fishing trip who get kidnapped by one psychologically scarred piece of work for a cross-country trip via automobile. Everything's good here, everything, the direction, the acting, the writing ... a great noir.

  • Aug 06, 2018

    Taut, tense and spare thriller. Not a wasted word. You don't need blood and vulgarity to make an effective thriller, just talent. Ida Lupino had that in spades.

    Taut, tense and spare thriller. Not a wasted word. You don't need blood and vulgarity to make an effective thriller, just talent. Ida Lupino had that in spades.

  • Sep 10, 2017

    It was something new for the time, but didn't age well.

    It was something new for the time, but didn't age well.