(aka 'Autostop rosso sangue' or 'Death Drive' or 'Hitchhike: Last House on the Left' or 'The Naked Prey')
Pasquale Festa Campanile
Tight, tense Italian thriller
that contains all you'd hope for in 1970s Euro-exploitica, and a great deal more
Italian director Campanile was
responsible for dozens of cheap but innovative exploitica treats, but this
psycho-thriller is among his best. Built around a brutal performance by David
Hess (Last House On The Left), it's a lurid mix of sex 'n violence, but
Campanile also pays close attention to atmosphere, and keeps the tension at
boiling point throughout.
Theatrical Release: October, 1977 - Turkey
DVD Review: Blue Underground - Region 0 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 7.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0) - partial DUBBING|
"The Devil Thumbs a Ride" (17:38)
Undoubtedly a direct duplicate of the Anchor Bay/Starz release from July 2002 (HERE). It's getting a re-issue under the Blue Underground label. The image is fairly clean, progressive, anamorphic and transferred onto a dual-layered disc. Detail and colors are strong - in fact I have no prominent issues with the way this disc looks. Audio offers a 'partial' DUB (into English) as some of the original was already in English. This is obviously not perfect and probably very unsatisfactorily for some. We've come to expect this from some Italian films with mismatched language audio so subtitles would have been a decent addition to augment the dialogue. In a strange way it adds to the films Euro-trashy appeal and I wasn't overly deterred.
Supplements include a trailer and a 17 minute featurette - "The Devil Thumbs a Ride" with an initial warning that it includes spoilers to the film (which should be watched first). David Hess, Franco Nero, and Corinne Clery give input into the production and it can be a bit amusing.
The film? - Franco Nero is one good-looking dude has immense appeal with genre fans for his work, be it Spaghetti westerns (Django) or semi-exploitation films like this. He is pretty much the perfect actor for these roles (and he can act!). Yes, this film has some strange attraction and although obvious at times - it is still entertaining with a very good ending. As long as you aren't expecting something more - this has enough appeal to recommend.