The unofficial third chapter in David Hess' rape-revenge trilogy, pitting an unhappy married couple against a murderous hitch-hiking thief on a trip back from Nevada. Hess plays very much the same distasteful and hated character molded after Krug from The Last House on the Left, a role that seems to come naturally to him since he is just as convincing in this film. Franco Nero plays the lead protagonist (if you can call him that), lending a strong and emotive performance that is empathetic at times while repulsive at others. Clery plays opposite the men, and is both beautiful and disarming. The film is pure Exploitation, but the beautiful cinematography and multi-layered story add a little class to a series of otherwise disgusting events. It meets the criteria of the sub-genre, with plenty of nudity, sex, rape, violence, bad dubbing, and bloody deaths. It is fast paced though repetitive at times, but all in all Hitch-Hike is an above average effort. The one thing I would have left out was the scene with the teens at the end, as it was a failed attempt at irony. A staple for Exploitation and Last House fans worth seeking out!