The Hitcher

Theatrical Release: January 19, 2007
The Hitcher


From filmmaker Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” [2003], “The Amityville Horror” [2005]) comes a remake of the 1986 terror classic. Dave Meyers is directing the new film, which tracks the terrifying cross-country trajectory of Grace (Sophia Bush) and Jim (Zachary Knighton), two traveling college students who are tormented by the mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher (Sean Bean).

Dove Review

Well, here is yet another movie where young, attractive people are stalked and tormented by a psychopathic killer, but there are a couple of things that are different about “The Hitcher.” For one thing, the killer is played very well by Sean Bean, whose acting is probably the best thing about this movie. Also, there are some good car chase scenes, making this feel more like an action movie than a horror movie. Still, “The Hitcher” is pretty bloody, with numerous people being shot or stabbed throughout the movie. The violence and language, as well as the theme of a psychopath on a killing rampage, prevent “The Hitcher” from being approved by Dove.

Content Description

Sex: A couple sexual references; man and woman kiss.
Language: F-31; S-1; A-1; GD-1; H-3; B-3; Slang for male/female genitalia-2.
Violence: Numerous people shot throughout film; man with bloody knife sticking out of him; numerous bloody, dead bodies throughout film; blood squirts from knife wound; man hits woman; woman hits man with lamp; man’s throat slashed; man ripped in half; man shot in head with shotgun at close range.
Drugs: None.
Nudity: Upper bodies of nude man and woman in shower, outer edges of woman’s breasts visible; woman in bra while changing clothes.
Other: None


Company: Rogue Pictures
Writer: Eric Red and Jake Wade Wall and Eric Bernt
Director: Dave Meyers
Producer: Michael Bay
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 83 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Samantha Kubik