2021 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 18: The Hitchhikers (1972)

18. ALL THUMBS: Picking up a hitchhiker can be risky… lift with your legs, not your back.

Maggie (Hee-Haw‘s Misty Rowe) learns she’s pregnant so she runs away from home. Such begins a movie by Beverly and Fred Sebastian, who also brought is ‘Gator BaitOn the Air with Captain Midnight and Rocktober Blood

She then falls in with some hippies who rob people so that they can finance getting a schoolbus to travel the country in. And then there’s a gruesome abotion scene which contrasts the feel good 70s vibe of flashing your panties to get a ride from a truck driver. 

Somewhere in here, there was a good movie, but the Sebastians aren’t the people to make it. I mean, they try and make a socially conscious movie while all we want are frolicking moments of stealing cash from truckers and making it on the road. And then it turns all Manson family, you know? I guess in that way, it is a very realistic film about the seventies.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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