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Highway to Hell (1991)

An eloping bride is taken into Hell, and her fiancé must pursue.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sykes
Rachel Clark
Jarrett Lennon ...
Sgt. Bedlam, Hellcop
The Hitchhiker
Medea, Waitress in Pluto's
Rags ...
Mr. Ben
Pluto's Cook / Attila the Hun
The Desk Cop


Charlie Sykes and his girlfriend Rachel Clark are traveling to Las Vegas to secretly get married to each other. The decide to follow through a secondary road, and while fueling their car in "Sam's Last Chance" gas station, they are advised by the owner and attendant Sam to not sleep after the second tree in the road. They fall asleep in the car, and a policeman arrests Rachel. Charlie returns to the gas station, and Sam tells him that she has been arrested by a Hellcop, and he has to go to hell if he wants to rescue his fiancée. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Where the toll is your soul. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bizarre fantasy violence and for nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Autopista al infierno  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


In the scene where Beezle tows the car, it says on the side of the towtruck "Satanic Mechanic". A reference to the song in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. See more »


When Charlie enters the road to nowhere and observes the gaps in the rocks above. The camera tilts up and a light appears in shot to the left of the screen. See more »


[Making out in a car]
Rachel: Charlie... Charlie, not in a Ford Pinto.
Charlie: Just close your eyes and picture a Porsche.
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References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »


She's a Deceiver
Performed by Jimmy Haun
Written by Jimmy Haun (ASCAP)
Published by Stickystamp Music (ASCAP)
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Underrated fantasy movie that deserves to be more well-known
16 September 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I think I saw this movie for the first time on USA Up All Night, because it totally seems like the sort of thing they'd have played. It's a bit cheesy and campy, but if you like that sort of thing, then you'll probably love it. It seamlessly blends elements from many varied genres into a quirky comedy-fantasy, though I think maybe some people were a bit confused or put off by the lack of clearly defined genre conventions. In some ways, it's similar to Army of Darkness, though it lacks many of the over-the-top gags and one-liners of that movie.

If you're a fan of Brian Helgeland, you really owe it to yourself to check this out. It's one of my favorites of his, though I suspect he'd probably prefer that we just forgot about his early work (Nightmare on Elm Street 4, 976-EVIL, Highway to Hell) and concentrate rather on his Academy Award-nominated work, such as Mystic River. Anyways, the story is about a kid who has to rescue his girlfriend, after she's abducted by the Hell Cop (Friday the 13th Part VI's C.J. Graham), who takes her to hell. So, right away you've got an actor who played Jason Vorhees and the writer of Nightmare on Elm Street 4. If that's not enough to sell you on this movie, I'm not really sure what else to say, except that Gilbert Gottfried plays Hitler, in a brief cameo. The movie plays out as part road trip through Hell, part comedy, and part thriller. The parts in Hell are creative, imagining it as a mirror image of our world, except somewhat more bizarre and surreal, like something from Mad Max, complete with biker gangs and vast expanses of blasted wasteland (probably Death Valley).

Come to think of it, maybe the reason why I like this movie so much is because it combines Mad Max with Army of Darkness. If that concept appeals to you, I can't recommend this highly enough. If, on the other hand, you're thinking that it sounds ridiculous, maybe it's best that you don't waste your time, as it seems that this movie isn't really beloved by all. Perhaps it's a bit too quirky.

I think that if it were given a chance, it could easily develop into a cult favorite.

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