The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over. (IMDb)

The brooding black-and-white look here works well with the refreshingly simple hijack-thriller plot (with well-crafted tension between the two travelers and the hitch-hiker) that’s tastefully spiced by brief glimpses into the secondary perspective of the police. The story does start to feel quite repetitive as it progresses, however, making their ongoing situation feel more unrealistic after every scene, but good acting and a taut screenplay help counter this to make a decent film overall.

6.1/10

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