The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting
Written by Molly Meeker, Charles R. Meeker & Leslie Scharf
Directed by Louis Morneau
Jim Halsey...C. Thomas Howell
The Hitcher (Jack)...Jake Busey
C. Thomas Howell reprises his role as Jim Halsey some 15 years after the events of the previous film, now a police officer and small-plane pilot. After a charge of excessive force is put against him, he loses his job, the result of the emotional damage suffered at the hands of THE HITCHER.
Deciding to face his past in an attempt to recover from it, he returns to the West Texas area where his nightmare unfolded, bringing his girlfriend Maggie along for the ride--although she doesn't seem to be privy to the full story.
Almost immediately upon arrival, the present seems to be eerily reflecting the past, and Maggie forces him to pick up a hitchhiker. Jim's initial reaction makes him appear to be a bit on the crazy side--which he undoubtedly is--but this new Hitcher is right there with him.
Once again framed for murder, pursued by the police, and hunted by the Hitcher--who knew there was a remake of The Hitcher BEFORE the remake of The Hitcher? Although there IS an unexpected casting variation about 40 minutes in.
Lots of action, excitement, gunplay and car chases--just like in the original. A mysterious killing machine pushing a would-be victim too far--just like in the original. In fact, it's pretty much just like the original except for the cast...and quality. It's not a bad film. In fact, it's still rather enjoyable, in a time-wasting sort of way. It's just a shame that the filmmakers couldn't have brought SOMETHING new to the table, or at least give some viable explanation for the same thing happening all over again. Sheer laziness on their part, even more so than just making a full-fledged reboot. At least then you have the balls to own up to your unoriginality.
Watch it back-to-back with the original, and start drinking immediately. By the time the sequel starts, maybe you'll be wasted enough for it to seem fresh. Keep drinking, and maybe you'll even enjoy the remake.
"The bitch won't quit!"