Thursday, November 14, 2019

There's No Such Thing as a Free Ride - HITCH HIKE TO HELL Thumbs Its Way to Blu-ray on November 19th!

Cover art for Arrow Video's Blu-ray of HITCHHIKE TO HELL!

Irvin Berwick's HITCH HIKE TO HELL (not to be confused with the 1941 film of the same name) is a movie that I am totally unfamiliar with. Inspired by crimes pulled straight from newspaper headlines, the film follows a seemingly mild-mannered delivery van driver who picks up (often bra-less) young co-eds to satiate his (blood)lust! And only the only person that can stop his reign of terror is... The Professor from Gilligan's Island (Russell Johnson as Captain J.W. Shaw)?! Arrow Video has given this obscure title a new 2K restoration and extras, plus a reversible cover in case you don't dig the new artwork! To learn more about this upcoming Arrow release, continue reading!

Synopsis: Be careful who you hitch a ride with! All roads lead to terror in HITCH HIKE TO HELL, the delightfully sleazy cautionary tale from cult director Irvin Berwick (MALIBU HIGH, THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS).

Howard is a mild-mannered momma's boy whose job running deliveries for a cleaning agency affords him a lot of time out on the road. It's not until he picks up young women who've run away from home that he transforms into a twitching, homicidal maniac, hellbent on meting out punishment for their "transgressions." Can the cops put a stop to Howard's demented spree before he claims yet another victim?

Influenced by the depraved crimes of the likes of "Co-ed Killer" Edmund Kemper, HITCH HIKE TO HELL is a bona fide American nightmare from the vaults of legendary exploitation producer Harry Novak (THE CHILD, TOYS ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN).

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 87 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Fullscreen & Widescreen (1.33 & 1.78)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0

  • NEW! 2K restoration from original film elements!
  • NEW! 1.33 and 1.78 versions of the feature!
  • NEW! Appreciation by Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower!
  • NEW! Road to Nowhere: Hitchhiking Culture Goes to Hell – Video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas exploring the dark side of hitch-hiking in the real world and on the screen!
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Original press book (.pdf format, BD-ROM Content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil! 
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY:  A collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Heather Drain!
Arrow Video's HITCH HIKE TO HELL Blu is scheduled for release on Tuesday, November 19th, and should cost between $23 - $28! You can order yourself a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from ARROW VIDEO!

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