And by the way, after being chased and framed for murder, probably not the best time to make out in the shower and then part ways for “just a few minutes.” Because it never turns out to be just a few minutes, you know? Considering the fact that Bush, born in 1982, and Knighton, born in 1978, were toddlers when the original film came out, they both did a good job with the material, convincing me they were in turn scared, angry and, in the end, strong — both mentally and physically.
The Hitcher is from the producers of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, and is directed by Dave Meyers, whose previous credits are for directing music videos (which might also explain the rockin’ soundtrack — great use of Nine Inch Nail’s “Closer” during a major car chase scene).
The Hitcher is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, anamorphic widescreen 2.40:1, and rated R. Spoken language options are English and French, with subtitles available in English, Spanish and French.
The DVD includes previews for Hot Fuzz, Smokin’ Aces, and Alpha Dog. Bonus features include eight deleted scenes (22:56), including alternate scenes and an alternate ending; Dead End (13:00) describing special effects processes and including cast and crew commentary; Road Kill: The Ultimate Car Crash (10:00) describing how they created the crashes, with cast and crew commentary; Fuel Your Fear: The Making of the Hitcher (11:00) with cast and crew commentary, as well as how the project came together; and Chronicles of a Killer (4:30), a fake newscast footage of events, with updates of new developments.
Overall, The Hitcher is an enjoyable remake that teaches two important lessons: No good deed goes unpunished, and never, ever give a ride to a stranger.