Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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Pick Me Up 

In the middle of nowhere, with only a two-lane highway to connect it to anywhere, a recently divorced woman traveler, who's a passenger on a bus that has broken down, gets caught in a bizarre and violent turf war between serial killers.


Larry Cohen


Mick Garris (creator), David J. Schow (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Fairuza Balk ... Stacia
Michael Moriarty ... Jim Wheeler
Warren Kole ... Walker
Laurene Landon ... Birdy
Malcolm Kennard ... Danny
Tom Pickett ... Bus Driver
Peter Benson ... Deuce
Kristie Marsden Kristie Marsden ... Marie
Michael Eklund ... Cashier
Paul Anthony ... Stoney
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Lily (as Crystal Lowe)
Michael Petroni ... Ambulance Attendant
Mar Andersons ... Ambulance Driver


When a bus breaks down on a deserted road in the middle of a forest, passenger Stacia decides to walk the 20 km to a motel. Another pair of bus travelers - Birdy and Danny - get a lift with Jim Wheeler;a truck driver who happens to be a crazed psychotic killer. The paranoid Marie and her husband - terrified of what might be 'out there', stay on the bus with the driver awaiting help. Soon, Walker, a hitchhiker comes to the bus. Can he help, or,is he only more to fear? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Did You Know?


In David Schow's original script the semi driven by Michael Moriarty's character was just a regular pick up truck See more »


When the punk women is tied to the bed in the motel room she is wearing red underwear, the scene cuts to the TV being turned off, then the women is now wearing white underwear. See more »


Jim Wheeler: They're not human beings; they're just snakes in the snow.
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References Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »


Snakes in the Snow
Written and Performed by Michael Moriarty.
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Clash of the Serial Killers
5 February 2009 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

Larry Cohen who has enriched the world of Exploitation cinema as the director of films like "Black Caesar" and "Q: The Winged Serpent" and, most memorably as the writer of films like "Maniac Cop" delivers one of the most outrageously entertaining "Masters of Horror" episodes with "Pick Me Up". While this eleventh episode of the first season does not quite reach the originality and ingenuity of the most brilliant entries to the series (such as Takashi Miike's "Imprint"), it does deliver what a "Masters of Horror" episode should: permanent suspense and genuine creepiness, paired with moments of incredibly morbid humor. A young woman named Stacia (played by sexy Fairuza Balk) is part of a bus-load of travelers, which, after breaking down in the middle of nowhere, bizarrely gets stuck between two psychopathic serial killers... I don't want to give too much away, but I can almost guarantee that people who like the show will also like this. The episode is suspenseful and creepy from the first minute, and sometimes spiced up with macabre humor, but never to a degree that would lessen the suspense). Fairuza Balk is sexy as always and fits perfectly in her role. Prolific actor Michael Moriarty and the less prolific Warren Kole are also very good in their roles. Along with the very first episode, "Incident On And Off A Mountain Road", "Pick Me Up" is probably the MoH episode that has the most genuine B-Movie-feeling, which should make it highly enjoyable to my fellow Horror/Exploitation fans. Overall, Larry Cohen is certainly not the most masterly director in the "Masters Of Horror" franchise (masters like Dario Argento, Stuart Gordon, John Carpenter and Takashi Miike as directors of other episodes make this quite impossible), but his episode "Pick Me Up" proves that he is a more than adept maker of genuine solid Horror. "Pick Me Up" is a creepy and deliciously macabre entry to the series which MoH-fans should certainly not miss.

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20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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