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 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I just saw this 1986 film for the first time. Quite good, but maybe a bit overrated?

Mark Isham's electronic score is moody and ambient. The parts I liked the most were the chase themes which were more up-tempo.

Did Isham ever write anything else like this?

Anyone here who owns the CD?

Steve Jablonsky scored the 2007 re-make. How is that score compared to the original?

Also, there is a film called The Hitcher II from 2003, scored by Joe Kraemer. Any info on film or score?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

I've got the Silva release of the score, which I quite like, though I haven't played it in a while. I think Isham's FIRE IN THE SKY makes a good double-bill with it.

In 2003 Isham also scored another road-based thriller called HIGHWAYMEN for the director of THE HITCHER. I think it ended up going straight to DVD and Isham's score went unreleased. I haven't seen the whole thing, so I don't really know how that score would rank against THE HITCHHER.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I just saw this 1986 film for the first time. Quite good, but maybe a bit overrated?

Mark Isham's electronic score is moody and ambient. The parts I liked the most were the chase themes which were more up-tempo.

Did Isham ever write anything else like this?

Anyone here who owns the CD?

Steve Jablonsky scored the 2007 re-make. How is that score compared to the original?

Also, there is a film called The Hitcher II from 2003, scored by Joe Kraemer. Any info on film or score?


I've not heard anything quite like it from Isham, except parts of Never Cry Wolf. The CD is a good, moody listen, but not as interesting as a Tangerine Dream score, although Isham seems to be reaching for that feel here. I'd hoped that at some point he might write another Hitcher-type score, but nothing I'd heard from him since comes close.

Have not seen the remake nor heard the score.

The Hitcher 2 got mixed reviews, but again, have never dared to check out the film or score.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

I love Isham's score to the original Hitcher. Especially that opening sequence that masterfully invokes such a profound lonliness as Howell's character drives across the vast desert wasteland. Beautiful. It was one of my holy grail scores for a while and when it finally came out (ten[?] years after the initial release of the film) I was LOVING it.

Didn't see the remake or the sequel. I like Jablonsky, so I would definitely be curious to hear the score for his film.

Joe

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I'm a big fan of the original.
Haven't seen the remake and probably never will.
I grabbed the CD when it first was released back in the early 90's. Rutger Hauer was perfectly cast in that. It remains for me, one of the best road thrillers ever. It has a nightmarish, dreamlike atmosphere and the Hitcher himself has a ghostly quality, as if he appeared to show this kid a true life experience and at the end, the kid almost has become the Hitcher in a way.
Great creepy, morose score from Isham that is unlike his other works. (perhaps the darkness of Romeo is Bleeding comes close)
The lonely main title and end title sequence really illustrate the hopelessness of the whole odyssey.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I've got the Silva release of the score, which I quite like, though I haven't played it in a while. I think Isham's FIRE IN THE SKY makes a good double-bill with it.

In 2003 Isham also scored another road-based thriller called HIGHWAYMEN for the director of THE HITCHER. I think it ended up going straight to DVD and Isham's score went unreleased. I haven't seen the whole thing, so I don't really know how that score would rank against THE HITCHHER.


Interesting that Isham teamed up again with Robert Harmon in 2003.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I just saw this 1986 film for the first time. Quite good, but maybe a bit overrated?

Mark Isham's electronic score is moody and ambient. The parts I liked the most were the chase themes which were more up-tempo.

Did Isham ever write anything else like this?

Anyone here who owns the CD?

Steve Jablonsky scored the 2007 re-make. How is that score compared to the original?

Also, there is a film called The Hitcher II from 2003, scored by Joe Kraemer. Any info on film or score?


I've not heard anything quite like it from Isham, except parts of Never Cry Wolf. The CD is a good, moody listen, but not as interesting as a Tangerine Dream score, although Isham seems to be reaching for that feel here. I'd hoped that at some point he might write another Hitcher-type score, but nothing I'd heard from him since comes close.

Have not seen the remake nor heard the score.

The Hitcher 2 got mixed reviews, but again, have never dared to check out the film or score.


I have a feeling this is a score Isham may not be thinking of every day. Maybe he felt the music got dated pretty quick. Interestingly, some of the filmmakers, Feldman/Meeker and Eric Red, went on to work with TD in 1987 on Near Dark.

 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I love Isham's score to the original Hitcher. Especially that opening sequence that masterfully invokes such a profound lonliness as Howell's character drives across the vast desert wasteland. Beautiful. It was one of my holy grail scores for a while and when it finally came out (ten[?] years after the initial release of the film) I was LOVING it.

Didn't see the remake or the sequel. I like Jablonsky, so I would definitely be curious to hear the score for his film.

Joe


The score got a release in 1992 I guess.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2008 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

The Hustler is a great score. I hope it gets released on CD someday.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2008 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

The Hustler is a great score. I hope it gets released on CD someday.

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 Posted:   Aug 22, 2008 - 12:53 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

I've got the Silva release of the score, which I quite like, though I haven't played it in a while. I think Isham's FIRE IN THE SKY makes a good double-bill with it.

In 2003 Isham also scored another road-based thriller called HIGHWAYMEN for the director of THE HITCHER. I think it ended up going straight to DVD and Isham's score went unreleased. I haven't seen the whole thing, so I don't really know how that score would rank against THE HITCHHER.


The only time I ever saw the Hitcher CD soundtrack was when James Newton Howard`s soundtrack to Waterworld was just released and I at that time had no money to buy both CD`s so I bought Waterworld. Even if Waterworld is a great score I somewhat regret that I did not buy Mark Isham`s The Hitcher.

By the way Robert Harmon (the director of The Hitcher) and Mark Isham collaborated on the Jean-Claude Van Damme film Nowhere To Run. This score is rather good actually and more important it needs a soundtrack release on CD.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2008 - 1:12 AM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

I would say that THE BEAST OF WAR is also a pretty good companion to THE HITCHER.

Those are two of my favorite Isham scores, along with POINT BREAK.

Man, it feels so good to be able to look on a shelf and see a spine for POINT BREAK...

Thanks, LaLaLand...

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2008 - 1:32 AM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

In 2003 Isham also scored another road-based thriller called HIGHWAYMEN for the director of THE HITCHER. I think it ended up going straight to DVD and Isham's score went unreleased. I haven't seen the whole thing, so I don't really know how that score would rank against THE HITCHER.

HIGHWAYMEN is kind of a train wreck but it should be seen at least once. It got heavily messed with in post production....

If you ever see it running on television, it's actually a longer cut than what was released on DVD.

The end credit music is a nice 4 1/2 minute suite of themes from the movie.

I'd love to see a release of Isham's score for HIGHWAYMEN and also SPARTAN.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2008 - 1:43 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

I love THE HITCHER, both the film and the score. I saw the film as a kid when it was released on video, and it's also the first Isham score that I got on CD. The film had a strong and lasting impression on me. The scenes that really stuck with me are when the family is killed on side of the highway, the finger in the french fry tray, and when the girl gets ripped in half by the semi trucks at the end...WHOA! That last scene really freaked me out.

I also love POINT BREAK. I saw the film in the theatre upon its release. The score was awesome to begin with, and with every listen I find more to enjoy. I thought Isham's FIRE IN THE SKY was on the better side of OK, but it's not one of my faves.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2008 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

After watching the Hitcher, eating french fries will never be the same...

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2008 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   David Kessler   (Member)

I think The Hitcher is Ishams best score and it evokes many emotions during its playtime...
The first track (Headlights)on the isolated road driving in the rain is very haunting. The second track (The Chosen) is very playful and then becomes very nasty in its tones when the Hitcher reveals himself for Halsey and Isham plays out well here.
The tracks "Dogs" and "Cars and Helicopters" are my favourites on the cd and especially the latter as the big chase theme. In the remake they changed this part with a Nine Inch Nails song "Closer" and it wasnt near as cool as in the original. This movie with its acting, directing, photography and especially the music makes it one of the best thriller/roadmovies ever.

The sequel to the original is plain awful and the music in it is forgetable (if there was any?=)

About Jablonskys score for the remake, its sorry to say "just there" and nothing you will remember (except maybe for the last cue in that movie)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2008 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I love this movie and the score. It's quite original and very haunting. I do prefer "The Beast of War" over this one, but the atmosphere created by this music is spot on.

Are there scores by other composers that you would place in the same category or style?

P.S. I saw the remake and allthough unnecessary, i've seen worse. Nobody can replace Rutger so the orginal wins anytime.

 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2021 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   Julian K   (Member)

PR from Silva Screen:

SILVA SCREEN RECORDS PRESENTS
The Hitcher

On 3rd December Silva Screen Records will release the horror soundtrack The Hitcher, composer Mark Isham's genre redefining electronic score, commercially unavailable for close to 30 years.

Asked by the producers to compose a copycat score of John Williams' Jaws, Isham bravely produced the opposite. He steered clear from genre defining sharp orchestral motifs and stabbing dissonances, and instead immersed himself in 80s cutting edge electronics and samples. The result was an emotionally cold and beautiful score, an audio landscape depicting evil and impending doom, the dust and fog of a lonely desert road. With its industrial beats, ambient synth washes and spaced Jazzy motifs, the score was on the forefront of a new genre in horror music scoring and has since achieved cult status.

AllMusic.com comments: “Even this early in his Hollywood career, Isham exhibits an uncommonly acute grasp of mood and melancholy, and despite the artistry of cues like "Headlights" and "Dream," the new age-inspired synth washes also boast an alien foreboding well-matched to the demands of the onscreen narrative.”

Mark Isham gives insight into his scoring process: “Technically the music business was in a crossroads and new instruments and new instrument technologies were appearing every day. I availed myself of this “new” technology of “sampling” and brought in two drummers who played only originally sampled drums. I was still using my early system of a Prophet 5, an Oberheim 4 voice and my ARP 2600. To this I added this new keyboard, a Prophet 2000 (sampler). This was the “band”!

The Hitcher, the chilling road thriller, was released in 1986 and starred Rutger Hauer as a murderous hitchhiker in a relentless pursuit of a young motorist, C. Thomas Howell. Critically maligned at the time, over the years the film has built up a cult following and has spawned a sequel and a remake.

Release date: 3rd December 2021

CD: SILCD1651
Digital album: SILED1651

Tracklisting:
1. Headlights - Main Title
2. The Chosen
3. Keys
4. Dust and Gasoline
5. Dream
6. Dogs
7. Suicide
8. Gun
9. Cars and Helicopters
10. Motel
11. Transfer
12. Guards and Cards
13. Endgame
14. The Hitcher - End Credits

 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2021 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Good news. Isham's electronic work at that time was first-rate (Mrs. Soffel, Never Cry Wolf, etc.).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2021 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

I have a memory of me and my pal went to the big city of Gothenburg (were from a small village out in the countryside) back in mid 90`s and when we entered the CD store I found two soundtracks I was interested in. One being The Hitcher and the other being the just released Waterworld. I bought Waterworld and yes I think Waterworld is JNH`s masterpiece. However I did not buy The Hitcher and I regret it. But later on I traded some CD-R soundtracks with someone and one of the CD-R soundtracks I got was The Hitcher. So now I own it even if it is only as a CD-R but might buy the real soundtrack sometime anyway.

 
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