The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting

Dom Robinson reviews

The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting Distributed by


  • Cert:
  • 8207529
  • Running time: 89 minutes
  • Year: 2003
  • Pressing: 2004
  • Region(s): 2, 4 (UK PAL)
  • Chapters: 20 plus extras
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Widescreen: 1.78:1
  • 16:9-enhanced: Yes
  • Macrovision: Yes
  • Disc Format: DVD 9
  • Price: £12.99
  • Extras: None


      Louis Morneau

    (Bats, The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting, Made Men, TV: Deep Attack)


    David Bixler and Alfred Haber


    Molly Meeker, Charles R Meeker and Leslie Scharf

Original Music :

    Joe Kraemer

Cast :

    Jim Halsey: C Thomas Howell
    Jack: Jake Busey
    Maggie: Kari Wuhrer
    Sheriff Castillo: Shaun Johnston
    Semi-Truck Driver: Marty Antonini
    Captain Esteridge: Stephen Hair
    Bonnie Esteridge: Darcy Dunlop

CoverWell, no-one’s been waiting for this sequel.

As the film begins, we learn that in the 15 years since the original film, Jim Halsey (C Thomas Howell) has become a cop as a result of those events when he pitched opposite Rutger Hauer. Hang on… 15 years? Yes, since although the original film was released in 1986 and this follow-up was released to the world last year, 2003, it took two years to actually see the light of day. However, it should never have been released.

However, Jim soon gets the sack because he can’t stop letting his paranoia get the better of him. So, he goes off to seek the help of the only man who thought he wasn’t off his mash – Captain Esteridge (Stephen Hair, not the original one but that doesn’t matter here), and sets off with his new beau in tow, Maggie (the stunning Kari Wuhrer, right).

So, what does this new sequel have to offer that the original didn’t? Nothing.

Replace Rutger Hauer with Jake Busey.
Replace torrential rain with a sandstorm.
Replace suspense with… nothing.

All you see is a succession of repeated scenes from last time, i.e. Busey committing murders and then setting Jim and Maggie up for the crimes. There’s no big names onscreen here and the only thing that kept me watching was when Kari stripped down to a sleeveless top and spent the last half hour looking exceptionally horny, so on that strength it’s probably worth a rental at least.

Aside from that, the picture looks fine and is in anamorphic 16:9 widescreen, since it was made for video, then the Dolby Digital 5.1 is adequate but far from outstanding. As for extras, forget it – not a one.

English subtitles. 20 chapters. The end.


Review copyright © Dominic Robinson, 2004.

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