the hitcher II

(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series where Rob Hunter explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to¬†theatrical released movies. In this edition: The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting.)

Not every movie that deserves a sequel actually gets one, and those that actually get a follow-up don’t always deserve it. Hollywood’s a mysterious place, a place where box-office dictates content more often than talent and creativity, and one of the unfortunate results of that formula is that sometimes a sequel can be greenlit strictly in the hopes of a quick cash-grab. In the most egregious of those cases, the follow-up doesn’t even make it to theaters and is instead aimed squarely at the direct-to-video (DTV) market. The original filmmakers are rarely involved, the level of onscreen talent is typically several rungs down the ladder of fame, and the films themselves are usually forgotten immediately…if they’re even noticed at all.

Well, that ends now.

And by “that,” I mean the lack of attention these DTV sequels get, not their continued production. (I’m not that powerful.) Some are passable entertainment, most are wet garbage, and together we’re going to explore every single one of them.

Let’s start The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting. Because we have to start somewhere.

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