Whilst driving in heavy rain on a deserted road. Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell) pulls over to pick up a hitchhiker (Rutger Hauer). Halsey quickly regrets his decision to stop as the hitcher pulls a knife on him and nearly forces the car off the road. In a narrow escape Halsey manages to leave the hitcher behind on the road. However, his nightmare has only just begun as a terrifying and psychotic game of cat and mouse ensues with all who pass on the road becoming unwitting victims of The Hitcher.
On reflection the story line of this 1980's thriller is very thin but it actually clips along at a decent pace and only drags in the last 15 minutes or so. Decent performances by all parties and although somewhat dated provides an acceptable hour or so of entertainment.