Hitch-Hike title

AKA: Death Drive, Hitchhike: Last House on the Left, Autostop Rosso Sangue, Death Stop : Blood Red

Hitch-HikeItalian couple Walter and Eve Mancini (Franco Nero and Corinne Clery) are in America on a touring holiday, travelling across California. But right from the beginning it's blatantly obvious their marriage is not a match made in heaven as Walter spends most of his time drinking and making unpleasant remarks towards his long suffering wife, who seems just as good at trading insults with her cheerful spouse.

Their 'happy' holiday takes an unexpected turn for the worse though when they stop to pick up a hitch hiker named Adam, who's car had broken down. What they don't realise is that Adam is on the run from the law, having robbed a bank, double-crossed his accomplices and made off with all the loot. Meaning there's a lot of people who're eager to catch up with him.

Forced to drive towards Mexico at gunpoint, they soon realise the error of picking up any character played by the illustrious David Hess (Last House on the Left). Who proceeds to torment and humiliate them throughout the journey, as he tries to compete with Franco Nero's character as to who is the more obnoxious.

With police roadblocks everywhere, Adam's former accomplices trailing them and the prospect of a bullet in the head if they actually survive long enough to make it to Mexico, things don't look too rosy for the happy couple. But with $2million worth of Adam's stolen money in the back, putting aside their differences to deal with their unwanted passenger seems an awfully tempting prospect.

Not as well known as the other exploitation pics from the same era, and certainly not as brutal as the other films David Hess was associated with, this is still a highly enjoyable movie which sadly didn't get as much recognition in the UK & US when first released. If you enjoyed "Last House on the Left" and "House on the Edge of the Park" you should equally enjoy this.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Franco Nero is a renowned Italian actor, having appeared in over 150 Italian films, his most notable roles include the lead role in the extremely violent western "Django", as well as starring in "White Fang" and "Four of the Apocalypse". He also played General Esperanza in Die Hard 2.

  • The music was scored by famed Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who's best known for his work on the renown spaghetti westerns "Fist Full of Dollars", "Few Dollars More" and "Good the Bad and the Ugly". He still composes film scores to this day, his more recent works being "Mission to Mars".

  • The scene near the start of the film where Franco Nero's character trips over and injures his arm was added during filming, as the actor had broken his wrist on the set of his previous film "Keoma", which necessitated a script change. Originally he was supposed to do most of the driving in the film, but because of his injury Corrine Clery had to drive whilst he sat in the passenger seat with his arm strapped up.

  • David Hess got the role at the suggestion of Franco Nero who'd worked with him on the film "21 Hours to Munich".

  • Corrine Clery previously starred in "Story of 'O' ", she went onto appear as a Bond girl in the film "Moonraker".

  • The old French dubbed Canadian video on the MPA label removed the scene near the ending where the couple skid off the road on the oil slick and instead finishes with the preceding scene of them driving off laughing.

  • David Hess actually broke his nose during the fight scene between him and Franco Nero.

  • Although set in California, the movie was filmed in Italy near the city of L'Aquila in the Gran Sasso mountains, which caused much confusion with the American tourists who couldn't understand why there was American road signs and gas stations in the middle of Italy.

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