Hitch-Hike / Autostop rosso sangue (1977)

3.5 out of 5

Possibly comparable to Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs the road trip movie Hitch Hike features a married couple who are held hostage and terrorized by a dangerous criminal. The husband, Walter, played by Franco Nero, is an alcoholic and is verbally abusive towards his wife Eve, Corinne Clery. Their strained relationship comes into play when the third-wheel, Adam Konitz, David Hess, is introduced.

David Hess came at the recommendation of Franco Nero. The two had previously starred together in 21 Hours At Munich in which, ironically, Nero played the terrorist while Hess played the hostage.

Here, Hess does his usual obnoxious, ruthless bad guy routine that he's known for, but there is a certain amount of likability to his character. The obligatory rape scene could be Eve being submissive to her captor rather than a violence similar to Susan George's scene in Straw Dogs or Isela Vega's in Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia for example.

What makes Hitch Hike work and, ultimately, being more than just an average hostage and captor movie, is that throughout the film there's more to it all than meets the eye. Recommended.

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