The Hitcher

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Once you pick up The Hitcher, you'll never pick up another!
—The original 1986 trailer's slogan

A 1986 road thriller remade in 2007.

The story is about a young man named Jim Halsey, played by none other than C. Thomas Howell (yeppers, Foyet), who's driving a car through the US of A. He decides to go against his mother's warnings and pick up a hitchhiker, John Ryder, who will then turn his next few days into a wide awake nightmare.

Remade in 2007 by Platinum Dunes, with Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton and Sean Bean. The remake is widely panned. The original was widely panned too as it happens, though it's since become something of a Cult Classic among horror fans.

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