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Rich man's son Mark (Joe Balogh) has a less than commendable hobby - he
drives along the highways and byways of Virginia in his camper van to pick
up female hitchhikers, have his way with them, and ultimately murder them.
His latest victim is Daniela (Josie Bissett), a girl who looks remarkably
like his mother ... so he decides to keep her a little longer, drugs her,
cuts her hair to resemble his mother's - and yes, he even gets her to have
(sort of consensual) sex with him, which ends in his premature ejaculation
though ... which doesn't exactly make him happy, either. Still, Daniela
tries her best to win Mark's trust - with the prime objective of course to
eventually find an opportunity to escape him. But while Mark enjoys her
efforts, he has long seen through her charade - and ultimately, all she
manages to do is to accidently smash the van's engine - so he has to tie
her up while hitchhiking to town to get spare parts.
Thing is, Daniela
has a boyfriend, Kevin (Jason Saucier), who she ran away from in a fit of
(justified) jealousy, but now he's worried sick she's nowhere to be found,
and somehow he manages to find a clue that leads him to Mark's camper -
where Mark overpowers him of course, then he tortures them both (at one
time during a visit at a drive-in), ultimately kills Mark, drives a little
more with Daniela lying next to her dead boyfriend, then he kills her too
and dumps both bodies at a scrapyard. It's back to daddy (Robin Fox) after
that to get a bit of additional pocket money before Mark picks up another
hitchhiker - but it's Daniela again, whom he hasn't succeeded to kill the
first time round, now this time she's armed ...
pointless piece of psycho horror that was obviously made to cash in on the
success of The Hitcher - but in content owes more to The
Collector and of course Psycho. Now all of this isn't
necessarily a bad thing, as these all were good movies to masterpieces
(well, at least Psycho was), problem is, director Umberto Lenzi
doesn't show the first interest into making the thing work. He really only
seems to be pointing the camera in the general direction of the action
without digging deeper into the story and its underlying perversion or at
least putting the proper emphasis onto the many suspense sequences.
Likewise, the two main characters, which would have so needed depth for
the whole thing to work, stay disappointingly flat, and the fact that both
Joe Balogh and Josie Bissett bring little to their roles doesn't help much
In all, a completely impersonal and very
disappointing film. And what's more, despite all the on-screen violence
and perversion, the whole thing's rather boring.