The Hitchhiker
Volume 2 (Region 1 Edition)

Starring: Kirsty Alley, Sandra Bernard, Elliot Gould, and Harry Hamlin
HBO Video
RRP: $34.98
Certificate: Not Rated
Available 12 April 2005

As explained in my review of
Volume 1, The Hitchhiker is a 1980s horror/thriller anthology series, again incorporating ten 30-minute stories over two discs. Topping and tailing each segment is Page Fletcher as The Hitchhiker himself, a bland deliverer of omens and morals.

There's no improvement in the quality of scripts here, I'm afraid. Or perhaps it's simply the manner in which they're directed. Whatever the formula, it doesn't work. They're not actually bad, just so dull that if you were watching it on TV you would think nothing of switching channels halfway through. There's no edge, no suspense and no emotion. This is simply "going through the motions" storytelling. You just don't care about anything that's happening.

In O.D. Feelin', a bag of unspecified drug powder not only corrupts everyone who comes into contact with it, but also has a mind of its own. The environment for this tale looks extremely dated, with nearly everyone resembling members of Duran Duran. There is also a pretty grim copy of the guitar solo from Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb playing in the background for much of the time.

In Cabin Fever, a gigolo conman chooses the wrong couple when he tries to manipulate a film director and his wife. Other titles are: Perfect Order; True Believer; A Whole New You; Dead Heat; The Curse; Out of the Night; Secret Ingredient; and Man of her Dreams. There are commentaries for two stories. Guest stars include, Elliott Gould and Fred Ward, so you would be forgiven for expecting more.

Compared with classic anthology serials such as The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Tales of the Unexpected and The Ray Bradbury Theatre, this is pretty poor. Vauxhall Conference League stuff.

Ty Power

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