I couldn’t help but notice that anticipation and excitement for autumn and the Halloween magic it contains has started to emerge across the internet over the last few days. September is upon us, Summer is slowly drifting away for another year and the countdown clock that silently ticks away at the top of this very page now tells me it is only 59 days until October 31st 2014.
To celebrate the journey toward Halloween I’m going to do something I’ve wanted to attempt since I first started writing here on Halloween Love … put together a definitive list of my personal favorite horror movie moments and scenes!
Being the film nerd and slightly strange person that I am, I have actually had a list of my choices typed up for some time, and it gets updated on a regular basis. The saved version is a top 100 but because we are only 2 months away from the big day I’ll obviously be starting at number 60 and working my way down until I reach my favorite horror moment of all time!
You’ll agree with some, probably raise an eyebrow at others and hopefully a few will be pleasant surprises.
Today my choice is the climax to one of my most loved movies from the 80s and a VHS classic …
59 : The Hitcher 1986 : Final Confrontation.
Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell), has been relentlessly pursued, goaded and mentally tormented by mysterious drifter John Ryder (Rutger Hauer), and as we reach the end of the movie an inevitable and necessary confrontation between the two men takes place.
I honestly don’t have the words to truly describe how much I rate The Hitcher. It’s just a sublime, nerve-shredding, sweat soaked masterpiece … there is NOTHING in this movie that shouldn’t be there, zero excess fat. Every scene and every moment serves a purpose.
The direction is flawless, the score is haunting, and it’s just a stunning movie to look at. Rutger Hauer only has a handful of lines throughout the entire film but he is a spellbinding force of nature in every scene that features him. This performance is up there with Blade Runner in my humble opinion. If you’ve never seen it, change that. If you haven’t seen it in a few years then revisit it. An incredible film that has aged VERY well.
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