Although panned by critics upon its original release, Robert Harmon's The Hitcher is a suspenseful psychological thriller about a man travelling from Chicago to San Diego who picks up a psychotic hitchhiker (played by none other than Rutger Hauer). Not to be confused with the film's terrible 2007 remake, it endures as one of the best road horror flicks out there.
|Rutger Hauer as Ryder in The Hitcher|
On the surface, the Wrong Turn franchise is little more than a knockoff of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: teens on vacation get lost and encounter inbred cannibal family. What sets it apart is smattering of particularly creative and memorable kills, particularly the opening scene in Wrong Turn 2: Dead End which costarred Henry Rollins as a hard-assed drill sergeant!
Death Proof (2007)
In Quentin Tarantino's contribution to Grindhouse, Kurt Russell plays "Stuntman" Mike who has a thing for finding pretty girls and smashing into them with his car. After dispensing with some girls he met at a bar, he targets four ladies cruising in a vaunted Dodge Challenger. He tries his luck but quickly realizes that these plucky girls have some tricks of their own up their sleeves.
|Who's up for a game of "ship's mast"?|
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