I think, given the contrasting opinions on just this one page, that the post-mortems, when individual lists are revealed, and argued over, may well prove to be the most fascinating part of this whole exercise.Steven H wrote:I love The Hitch-Hiker and I think it works much better as a noir to me than a "proto-slasher" flick. Law enforcement details are given short thrift (imagine if it had lapsed into a police procedural halfway through as it sort of threatens to), Talman hams the sadism up to the Nth degree, and romance is completely absent (though, there's probably some homoerotic undercurrent we could awkwardly fit into the discussion) so the film takes on those psychological characteristics that scream "horror" to some. For me, it's basically a desperate "man on the run" noir story line with some atypical embellishments (sorta like Where Danger Lives with Margo played by a snarling, relatively anal, rabid dog) and I have hard time seeing past this. The desolate, hellish scenery and somewhat superhuman characteristics given to Talman's Emmett Myers does give me a slight pause, though, regarding genre.
I love 'Where Danger Lives', though: part of my Desert Island 'Faith Domergue Good Girl/Bad Girl Double Bill'
(with 'This Island Earth')