A family on holiday stop to pick up a mysterious hitch-hiker.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Hawkins ...
Sister (as Pauline Delany)
Philip Latham ...
Jenny Laird ...
Mrs. Roberts
William Moore ...
Mr. Roberts
Jeremy Longhurst ...
Dr. Cummings
Brenda Cowling ...
Nurse Davies
Mike Savage ...
P.C. Jenkins
Malcolm Hayes ...


A hitch-hiker dressed in yellow oil skins attacks the driver of a car who has stopped to give him a lift. The car crashes and the driver fights with the insane hitch-hiker. It appears like the driver, though badly injured, has prevailed and is taken to hospital. The drivers wife subsequently learns that her husband has damaged his throat in the struggle and is unable to talk, she is also asked to identify the body of the madman. The body looks exactly like her husband and doubts begin to enter her mind as to which of the two is the killer. The only differences appear to be that the killer has rotten teeth and a claw-like finger nail. Who survived the fight her husband or the madman? Written by <dave@phillips0666.freeserve.co.uk>

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29 November 1980 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Reasons why this is a great short film.
8 January 2003 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This is the episode in the TV series 'Hammer House of Horror' that everybody remembers, over 20 years since it was last broadcast. From the spine-tingling initial shot of the hitchhiker to the terrifying twist at the end, it is a minor masterpiece of film craft.

No one could have played the lead role better than Anna Calder-Marshall. Her terrified performance is truly convincing in so many little details. She is a highly intelligent performer whom I wish would appear more frequently on our screens.

When you first read the plot synopsis it seems unbelievable: how can a woman not know if the man by her side is her husband or a crazed hitchhiker? But it works. The viewer is unsettled and unsure. The tension slowly mounts as we keep watching for hints of menace in the man's eyes. The evidence seems to be there one minute but something else happens to restore the balance the next.

The best of a good series, now available on VHS/DVD.

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