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Hitcher in the Dark (1989)

Paura nel buio (original title)
R | | Thriller | 1989 (Italy)
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Sick young man drives around in his daddy's camper, looking for lone stray females to kidnap, torture, rape, and murder.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi (as Humphrey Humbert)

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story) (as Humphrey Humbert), Olga Pehar (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Balogh Joe Balogh ... Mark Glazer
Josie Bissett ... Daniela Foster
Jason Saucier Jason Saucier ... Kevin
Robin Fox Robin Fox ... Mark's Father
Thomas Mitchell Thomas Mitchell ... Big Man in Store
Fay W. Edwards Fay W. Edwards ... Secretary Miss Baker
Tom Schultheis Tom Schultheis ... Policeman
Mel Davis Mel Davis ... Man
Sandra Parker Sandra Parker ... Toyota's Woman
Gary Wade Morton Gary Wade Morton ... Policeman #2
Dan Smith Dan Smith ... Pontiac man
Michael Lewis Michael Lewis ... TV Reporter
Charlie Edwards Charlie Edwards ... Greaser #1
Fred Bittner Fred Bittner ... Greaser #2
Julia Howards Julia Howards ... Kevin's friend
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Storyline

Mark, a disturbed young man, harbors sexual desires for his deceased mother. Driving around the back roads of Va. Beach, Mark seeks out lone females to carry out his twisted sexual fantasies. Enter Daniela, who bares a striking resemblance to mom, who happens to make the mistake of accepting a ride from Mark. Written by Humberto Amador

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Thriller

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Fear in the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

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Production Co:

Filmirage See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Worthless non-giallo
11 March 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

This is a completely artless and tasteless contribution to the psycho-slasher genre, existing only as another cynical Eurosleaze rip-off of a far superior American original, The Hitcher (something done only slightly better by Festa-Campanile's Hitch-Hike). Lenzi made some serviceable paint-by-numbers giallos and cannibal epics, but never had an original idea in his head. Without the exotic background -- it seems that colourless Virgina Beach was chosen merely as an excuse to insert some topless footage of college girls -- there's nothing left but bare-bones plot, pseudo-psychology and some nasty, intrusive violence. And campers aren't exactly the most exciting vehicles on the road, are they? The young cast play it so sensitively that one feels embarrassed for them. What is most irksome is that the DVD is being sold as part of "The Giallo Collection" on the strength of Lenzi's name. This ain't no giallo, and it's frustrating to think how many truly superior films by Sergio Martino and his colleagues are desperately in need of re-release.


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