The Hitcher Release Date: January 19, 2007 Studio: Rogue Pictures (Focus Features) Director: Dave Meyers
Screenwriter: Eric Red, Jake Wade Wall, Eric Bernt Starring: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller MPAA Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, terror and language) Official Website: NeverPickUpStrangers.com
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From 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.— More here
Many fans of the original 1986 film have had trouble accepting that the remake may beat out it's predecessor as many clips including the trailer and the uncut trailer received an exceedingly high number of hits and many enthusiastic comments. Speculation has started that the film may have a good chance at the box office as it will be the only film to be released on January 19th 2007, therefore it will have no competition.