|HITCH HIKE (AUTOSTOP ROSSO SANGUE) (director/writer: Pasquale Festa Campanile; screenwriter: from the novel by Peter Kane/Aldo Crudo/Ottavio Jemma; cinematographers: Franco Di Giacomo /Giuseppe Ruzzolini ; editor: Antonio Siciliano; music: Ennio Morricone; cast: Franco Nero (Walter Mancini), Corinne Cléry (Eve Mancini), David Hess (Adam Konitz), Joshua Sinclair (Oaks), Carlo Puri (Hawk), Leon Lenor (Mendoza), Monica Zanchi (Girl at Camp Site); Runtime: 104; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Bruno Turchetto /Mario Montanari; Raro Video; 1977-Italy-in Italian/English, with English subtitles)|
|"Despite its shortcomings it has
some solid thrills."
by Dennis Schwartz
Italian filmmaker Pasquale Festa
Campanile ("Bingo Bongo"/"Rich
and Poor"/"Secret Fantasy") does a good job directing
this trashy but mesmerizing cult flick, and
gets better results than expected. Some critics say
it's an unfairly neglected classic in road movie
horror. It's based on the novel by Peter Kane
and is co-written by the director, Ottavio
Jemm, and Aldo Crudo.
The film was shot entirely in Central Italy's Gran Sasso region.
nasty Italian journalist Walter Mancini (Franco
Nero) and his abused American wife, Eve (Corinne
Clery, French actress), whose father is hubby's
boss, are a bickering couple on a camping vacation
to Nevada, who are returning home to Los
Angeles. Eve, forced to drive because of hubby's
injured hand, picks up a sleazeball hitch hiker, Adam
(David Hess), who tells them he's part of a trio
(Joshua Sinclair, Carlo Puri) that held up a
bank for $2 million and killed a cop. Adam reveals he
has the dough, and his double-crossed crime partners
and the police are after him. To get by the police
road blocks and find sanctuary in Mexico, he orders
the couple to stay off the busy roads. The ride goes
creepily sadistic, with Eve raped and tortured along
Pic did well in Europe, but had a limited release in America and did poorly. Despite its shortcomings it has some solid thrills, was well-acted, the score by Ennio Morricone could be his best ever and it finished strong with a creative Twilight Zone finale.
REVIEWED ON 2/8/2016 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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