Two girls on their way to a hippie encounter session pick up a crazed Vietnam veteran, who might just be the serial killer who is murdering hippies in the area.

Director:

Writers:

, (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pickup on 101 (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An elderly wanderer, a sexy young girl running away from home and a folk singer looking for stardom hitch-hike their way cross-country, trying to get to California.

Director: John Florea
Stars: Jack Albertson, Lesley Ann Warren, Martin Sheen
Necromancy (1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Orson Welles plays the head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith, where he needs the powers of Pamela Franklin to raise his son from the dead.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Orson Welles, Pamela Franklin, Lee Purcell
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Greg Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Smith (aka Jimmy Youngblood), a petty thief, as his partner in crime. Powell panics one night when the two of them are pulled over by a ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales
Snuff (1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

A so-called "snuff" movie involving the exploits of a cult leader leading a gang of bikers in a series of supposedly real killings on film.

Directors: Michael Findlay, Horacio Fredriksson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Margarita Amuchástegui, Tina Austin, Ana Carro
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Robert T. Westbrook, the movie is about 23 year old Columbia University dropout (Stanley Sweetheart) who seeks his identity during the sexual ... See full summary »

Director: Leonard Horn
Stars: Linda Gillen, Michael Greer, Dianne Hull
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A biker gang visits a monastery where they encounter black-robed monks engaged in worshipping Satan. When the monks try to persuade one of the female bikers, Helen, to become a satanic ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Levesque
Stars: Steve Oliver, Donna Anders, Gene Shane
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Aboard a British train, mysterious fortune teller Dr. Schreck uses tarot cards to read the futures of five fellow passengers.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Roy Castle
Comedy | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

City-boy Raymond returns to his hometown and finds a vengeful ghost is terrorizing his house. Therefore, this man-child recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening people's lives.

Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Karen
...
Will
...
Debbie
...
John
John McMurtry ...
The Maker
Pamela Serpe ...
Frances
Richard Grayling ...
Motor Cop
Michael Kopsche ...
Psychiatrist
...
Pool Player #1
Bob Bass ...
Pool Player #2
Rigg Kennedy ...
Chip
Sylvia Hayes ...
Lady at Hamburger Stand
Elizabeth Saxon ...
Mrs. Rae
Paul Sorensen ...
Mr. Rae
Ruth Warshawsky ...
Store Keeper
Edit

Storyline

Two girls on their way to a hippie encounter session pick up a crazed Vietnam veteran, who might just be the serial killer who is murdering hippies in the area.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Two Beautiful Girls, Alone On Their First Vacation ... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

July 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Girls on the Road  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are done in various creative ways, such as written on car bumper stickers, and hitchhikers holding up signs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I don't know why, but I kind of liked this
30 September 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why, but I kind of liked this. It's very tame--aside from some brief nudity it could have been a TV movie. (The presence of sexploitation star Uschi Digardt might suggest a much racier movie, but she is literally only in a single brief shot in the opening credits). The plot is randomly weird, and the ending is infuriatingly ambiguous. Then there is the title song which. . . well, let me put it this way: if you went up to anybody on the street and asked them to make up a 70's-style song on the spot and sing it a capella, it would probably sound better than the one in this movie.

Two girls who have just graduated from high school take a trip out to the California beach. After causing an accident by flashing a passing motorist and getting rousted by the police, they pick up a hitch-hiker (Michael Ontkean) who is suffering from traumatic flashbacks caused by his time in Vietnam. The hitchhiker brings them to a commune headed by a guru (played by the guy who went on to become TV's "Papa Walton")and a drug-addled crazy who calls himself "the Creator". Meanwhile, someone is going around strangling young women. . .

This movie manages to capture some of the strange ambiance of this era, but not in the annoyingly self-reflexive way most later movies would (the music may be terrible, but at least it's not the usual overused cues for collective Baby-Boomer nostalgia). The two girls are pretty and appealing, and surprisingly innocent--this may be the first movie where young protagonists vow to lose their virginity and then completely fail to do so. (The brunette ALMOST gets it on with Papa Walton, which in itself is worth the price of admission). This is not very good, but it's an interesting time-capsule piece from the era kind of like "Last Summer", "Runaway, Runaway", "The Todd Killings", or "Welcome to Arrow Beach"


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hot Summer Week (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?