Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries, episode 16

The Hitchhiker

originally aired: January 22, 1960
written by: Rod Serling
starring: Inger Stevens, Leonard Strong

"Her name is Nan Adams, she's twenty-seven years old. Her occupation: buyer at a department store in New York. At present on vacation driving cross country to Los Angeles from Manhatten. Minor incedent on highway eleven. Perhaps to be filed under "Accidents you' walk away from." But from this moment on, Nan Adams' companion on a trip to California will be terror. Her route fear, her destination quite unknown."

classification: thriller

story: A mysterious hitch-hiker, whom only a lone driver can see, turns out to be death.

my summary: Wow. This is seriously creepy as hell. I liked the way it was shot: close up shots of the hitch-hiker were extra creepy. Nan's confessionals got to be long, annoying, and cheesey. The scariest part is CLEARLY dude sneaking up behind her with frightening grin the whole time. HELP! Very memorable; one of my favorite ones ever.

"Nan Adams, age twenty-seven. She was driving to Los Angeles, California. She didn't make it. There was a detour, through The Twilight Zone."