The Hitcher (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A psychopathic hitchhiker is after a young man who initially escaped from his murderous plan. The hitcher is not just chasing him relentlessly like a ghost but also framing the young man of all the murders.
2) Rutger Hauer played the intimidating title character of the remorseless killer without any motive.

 

 


CONS –
1) It clearly borrowed the plot from Steven Spielberg’s Duel (1971).
2) The hitcher’s motive is never revealed. The whole movie is a violent thriller without any back-story.

 

 


QUOTE –
Jim Halsey: They’ll catch you.
John Ryder: Yeah… sure. So what?

The Mist (2007)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) This movie would have ended as just another sci-fi horror movie without the character of Mrs. Carmody [played by Marcia Gay Harden]. The entire movie came into life, when this bible-bashing boss-bitch character took the central stage, leading her minions like Jack in Lord of the Flies.
2) Lovecraftian giant creatures from a parallel universe came into our world through some portal thanks to a failed military scientific experiment.
3) The climax is unsettling. Just unsettling.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
i]
Ollie: As a species, we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

 

ii]
Amanda Dunfrey: People are basically good; decent. My god, David, we’re a civilized society.
David Drayton: Sure, as long as the machines are working and you can dial 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, you scare the shit out of them – no more rules.