HITCH HIKE aka DEATH DRIVE, Hitchhike: Last House on the Left, The Naked Prey
1977 – Starring: Franco Nero, Corinne Clery, David Hess – Directed by: Pasquale Festa Campanile
Intense, off-beat Italian thriller is an underexposed classic.
Fueding married couple, traveling across the country, make the mistake of picking up a hitch hiker who turns out to be a violent bank robber. But that’s only the beginning of the story.
Skillfully well done thriller is gripping in it’s wildly turning plot. The cinematography is stylishly good, with some beautiful country side filming locations. The music, though seemingly out of place at times, is great too. In addition there is a decent amount of violence and some nudity.
The real highlights of this film though are it’s three stars, who seem to be in a show-stealing competition all through out the film. Franco Nero does a convincingly good performance as the alcoholic reporter, who has grown tired of his wife. Corinne Clery is fetching and talented as Nero’s equally weary wife. The terrific David Hess makes for another great villain, also having played a crazed criminal in both Craven’s Last House on the Left (1972) and another Italian exploitation film House on the Edge of the Park (1979).
For those who are seeking an unconventional thriller or just a fan of Hess, this film will be a well rewarding watch.