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Hitch Hike to Hell (1983)

Howard is a mild-mannered young man who drives a truck for a commercial laundry. He's also a mother-obsessed psycho who picks up young female hitchhikers, rapes them and kills them. As the ... See full summary »


Irvin Berwick (as Irv Berwick)


John Buckley (screenplay)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Gribbin ... Howard Martin
Russell Johnson ... Captain J.W. Shaw
John Harmon ... Mr. Baldwin
Randy Echols Randy Echols ... Lt. Davis
Dorothy Bennett Dorothy Bennett ... Mrs. Martin
Mary Ellen Christie Mary Ellen Christie ... Mrs. Burke
Kippi Bell Kippi Bell ... Evelyn Davis
Sheryl Lynn Sheryl Lynn ... Lisa
John Yates John Yates ... Mr. Burke (as John Grant)
Jacqueline Poseley Jacqueline Poseley ... Sharon
Beth Reis Beth Reis ... Pam
Jane Ratliff Jane Ratliff ... Gail
Don Lewis Don Lewis ... Gay Boy
Gail Bowman Gail Bowman ... Lydia Welles
Vincent Lucchesi Vincent Lucchesi ... Mr. Lathrop
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Howard is a mild-mannered young man who drives a truck for a commercial laundry. He's also a mother-obsessed psycho who picks up young female hitchhikers, rapes them and kills them. As the bodies start piling up, the police finally begin to investigate. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Did You Know?


Even though the story is fictional, the character of Captain J.W. Shaw (Russell Johnson) does mention some then current serial killers such as The Zodiac Killer (never apprehended) in San Francisco, the Skid Row Slasher (latter discovered to be Vaughan Greenwood) in Los Angeles and "that nut down in Houston" (referring to Dean Corll who killed a staggering 27 boys before being shot dead by his accomplice Wayne Henley). See more »


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Hitch Hike To Hell
Sung by Nancy Adams
Music by Floyd Huddleston
Lyrics by Tom Adair
Harmonicist - Wayne Berwick
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Man-child misses sis
23 July 2009 | by TromafreakSee all my reviews

Anyone out there looking for some honest-to-God quality B-horror that not only holds your attention but is just inept enough to be funny? Well, look no further, because Something Weird Video and Harry Novak have brought us yet another unknown, Drive-in obscurity from the 70's. About a mama's boy named Howard, who, of course, lives with his clingy, over-protective mother. Mama hasn't always been this bad, you understand, but since Howard's sister ran away (moved out) , Howie is all she has, so it's understandable why she would treat a 20-something year old man like a total infant. Howard has mama, he has Root Beer, he has his hobbie, hell, he even has a job, one would assume Howard is doing OK, considering he's a man-child and all. Unfortunately, Howard has so much repressed rage against his sister for abandoning the family, that every time he picks up a hitchhiker, he ends up blacking out, and killing them. Unfortunately, Howard likes to pick up hitchhikers every single day, probably more than once. What I find odd is that every single time, the hitchhiker turns out to be a girl who's running away from home, which would kinda clear up as to why Howard always kills them, although, it's still odd.

One of the most entertaining and all-around best movies Something Weird Video has to offer. Some may think that that's not saying much, but it totally is, that is, if you dig vintage exploitation, if not, then you're definitely wasting your time here. Hitch-Hike To Hell isn't necessarily a frightening horror movie, but rather a quality movie with a good story that happens to be horror, hence the killing, and if you can't get enough grainy, unintentionally funny 70's B-charm, then Hitch-hike To Hell should make you extremely happy. If the antics of Howard the mama's boy seriously doesn't do it for you, then I would recommend checking out the other half of the double-feature, Kidnapped Coed, just to see how inept B-horror can really be, although, I kinda liked that one too, God help me. Unless we're talking about a Herschell Gordon Lewis gore-epic, or something else awesome like The Psychedelic Priest, then I can't think of anything more worthwhile from Something Weird Video than Hitch-Hike To Hell. Check it out. 9/10

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1 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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