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HIGHWAY TO HELL (1991)


Directed by Art De Jong

Screenplay:
Brian Helgeland

Actors:
Patrick Bergin, Adam Storke, Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Pamela Gidley, Jarrett Lennon, C.J. Graham, Richard Farnsworth, Lita Ford, Gilbert Gottfried, Anne Meara, Amy Stiller

Charlie and Rachel, a pair of teenage lovers, are on the way to Vegas to marry.  As they stop for some gas, the old Sam warns Charlie, not to stop on the road ahead before the second Joshua Tree. But he falls asleep on the wheel and almost crashes the car into a sign.

Right away, a police car appears. It is the Hellcop.

He looks a bit like Freddy Krueger`s brother and has cuffs with zombie hands. He kidnaps Rachel.

Totally shocked, Charlie returns to the gas station, and tells Sam.

Now Sam tells him the story about all the girls that got kidnapped on this highway to hell.

His girlfriend got kidnapped, too. That was 50 years ago.

He tells Charlie that he has to get to Rachel, before the Seargeant reaches Hell City.

He gives him a shotgun made by his girlfriend, and ammo. He also provides him with a car, a brandnew looking `48 Ford. This car is able to bring him back from hell.

He must be back within a day, or he`ll be stuck in hell forever.

To reach Hell, he must think about it, while driving between the trees. After a little incident with a normal cop, he gets to hell, through a sort of portal( dunno how else to describe the little effect they used…).I forgot to mention, he also has a little dog with him.

He reaches hell, which essentially is a desert. I surely didn`t expect a green forest.

It looks like the normal world, just a lot less green.

Charlie meets a lot of crazy characters on his quest to save Rachel from hell.

I let you discover the rest.

We have zombie cops, bikers, monsters, even Hitler has a little scene,lol.

This hell is quite a place, and the production values are visible, lots of FX  and a decent cast.

It features Ben Stiller and his parents in small roles.

It is a fun ride, a film i can recommend to anyone who likes early Albert Pyun movies and horror  comedies with a cult factor.

It is again one of those titles which never got a DVD release, another WTF moment in cinematic history. If you come across the Bootleg DVD, that is also just VHS –sourced.

trailer:

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3190489881/

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2 responses

  1. Aw man, I remember this one fondly. I watched it numerous times when it first hit VHS since it was so off the wall crazy. I’ll need to revisit it again! Great review man!

    October 21, 2011 at 12:19 AM

  2. Chris

    I actually just got a bootleg DVD that is sourced from the laserdisc instead of the VHS. Very cool.

    June 6, 2014 at 5:25 AM

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