The Hitcher (1986) Poster



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Followed by 

Remade as 

The Hitcher (2007)

Edited into 


Deadly road (1993) (Video)
Sendero mortal (a.k.a. Sendero equivocado is a spain off of The Hitcher)


Duel (1971) (TV Movie)
Desert highway setting; terrorized motorist
Blade Runner (1982)
Jim enters a cafe named "Roy's Cafe"
The Terminator (1984)
Police station and convoy massacres are inspired by that movie (complete with the use of the same exact firearm: SPAS-12 shotgun). There are also "Kyle is fine" written on the cell wall and an almost identical moment of "Get out" near the end of both movies (Terminator to tanker driver in The Terminator and Jim to Esteridge in The Hitcher).

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Father Guido Sarducci/Siskel & Ebert/Robin Barnett (1986) (TV Episode)
Siskel and Ebert talk about how unenjoyable they found the movie
Thrashin' (1986)
Poster can be seen during the hollywood boulevard scene.
Far Out Man (1990)
C. Thomas Howell says he starred in "The Hitcher"
Bienvenue à bord! (1990)
The film is a philosophical anti-thesis of sorts, referencing a few things directly but having a radically different approach.
Clerks (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Hourglass (1995) (Video)
Retroactive (1997)
Breakdown (1997)
Urban Legend (1998)
Millennium: ...Thirteen Years Later (1998) (TV Episode)
Emma sees a connection between the murder and the movie.
Zingo (1998)
Dawson's Creek: Eastern Standard Time (2001) (TV Episode)
When Gretchen suggests hitching a ride, Dawson uses this movie as a reason not to
The Forsaken (2001)
South Park: Scott Tenorman Must Die (2001) (TV Episode)
Scott Tenorman finds a finger in his chili.
Joy Ride (2001)
The Making of 'Alien³' (2003) (Video)
Mention once
Six Feet Under: That's My Dog (2004) (TV Episode)
David's picking up of a hitchhiker who turns out to be psychotic and homicidal is similar in many respects to The Hitcher.
Wolf Creek (2005)
The scenes in the old garage are very alike. Same old cars, same ray of light
Noir total (2006) (Short)
Rutger Hauer happears thru an Hitcher poster reflected in a mirror
American Fork (2007)
Mentioned by Truman as one of Rutger Hauer's films
The Hitchhiker (2007)
the dialogue in the first scene references the dialogue in the first scene of this film
The Dark Knight (2008)
Scene in which The Joker taunts Batman into running him over with his motorcycle.
Frat House Massacre (2008)
Person pulled apart by two vehicles
Revolver (2009) (Video)
Mysterious unstoppable hitchhiker on the open highway.
Post Mortem with Mick Garris: Frank Darabont (2010) (TV Episode)
Darabont calls it a great movie
Halloweed (2012) (Short)
Trent mentions the movie after being picked up by the truck driver.
Midnight Movie Review: The Hitcher (2012) (TV Episode)
the film of this episode's topic.
KHL. Donbass-Avtomobilist (2012) (TV Special)
Nikolay Yeriomin visually references poster of the film in one of scenes subliminaly directed by him.
Gangster Squad (2013)
dismemberment by vehicle
The Cinema Snob: 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2013) (TV Episode)
"They have to prove themselves by reenacting a scene from The Hitcher."
The Cinema Snob: The Stepfather (2014) (TV Episode)
"He's fucking with C. Thomas Howell on the desert highways."
Why Horror? (2014)
A scene is shown.
Southbound (2015)
During the Roy's Cafe scene (used in both films), producer Brad Miska can be seen at the same table where Jim pulls a gun on John Ryder under the table in The Hitcher.
The Cinema Snob: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (2015) (TV Episode)
"Maybe Dr. Loomis stumbled onto the set of The Hitcher."
Couple-ish (2015) (TV Series)
Artwork on Dee's bedroom wall.
Halloweed (2016)
Move referenced when hitchhiking
Um Dia Negro (2017) (Short)
This short is an homage to this movie
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #13.3 (2018) (TV Episode)
Subject of a question

Featured in 

At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1986 (1987) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
At the Movies: Hollywood's Hidden Stars (1990) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The Black Republic (1990)
Shown playing on TV in coffee shop.
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments: Part III: 60-41 (2004) (TV Episode)
Number 34 on the list
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017) (Video)
The film's theatrical trailer is featured.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Underrated Horror Movie Villains (2018) (TV Episode)
John Ryder is #10.

Spoofed in 

Stan Helsing (2009)
the crazy hitchhiker they pick up and kick out of their car

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