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Highway to Hell

2 Ratings: 2.5
A movie directed by Ate De Jong

When Charlie and Rachel elope for a secret wedding in Las Vegas, Satan sends his hell cop to retrieve Rachel and bring her to Hell. Not about to abandon the woman he loves, Charlie follows and is thrust into a world of the living dead with Satanic bikers, … see full wiki

Cast: Chad Lowe
Director: Ate De Jong
Release Date: 1991
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Highway to Hell

Highway to Hell - 1992

  • Mar 14, 2009
Pros: Patrick Bergin and Lita Ford's heaving breasts, subtle humor

Cons: it's pretty bad

The Bottom Line:
“I'm on the highway to hell
No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody's gonna slow me down”

You know those movies that are so bad that you just want to recommend them to certain people? You know, weird folks like yourself that like really good bad movies? Well, Highway to Hell is one of those movies. It even got one nomination, for makeup, that shows you how bad it was. It’s a low budget, like less than shoestring, B movie, kinda Shakespearean, but not in a way to make him proud, centering around the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice by director Ate de Jong. Rating around the NC-17 range.

What makes it a movie you would recommend to those certain people is the sublime tongue-in-cheek humor that dots the movie. Otherwise it is simply a mess of disjointed scenes and script. One scene shows the Hell Road Paving Company with legions of people lined up. As each meets the gatekeeper they spout their excuse, or rather, their ‘good intention’, before being thrown into the shredder that mashes them up and uses the parts to pave the road to Hell. Most of the black humor is hidden and subtle, just like this, and makes you chuckle a moment or two afterward when it finally kicks in.

Our lovelorn parties in this movie are Charlie and Rachael, running away to Vegas to marry. Fearing they are being followed by police to whisk Rachael back to her rich parents, they decide to take a dark and dreary side road instead of the safer highway. Arriving at the Last Chance Gas Station, they are given a rather ominous warning by the attendant, Sam, to make sure they don’t stop between the two Joshua trees. Of course, as they go down the beaten road, they both fall asleep and run off the road, just shy of the last Joshua tree. Up roars Hellcop. He ain’t a pretty being under any circumstances and once he rips the door off the car and abducts Rachael, he’s even less appealing.

Charlie, being the klutz he normally is, returns to the gas station and learns the truth of Hellcop and the fate of Rachael. She is now on the highway to Hell, heading straight to the arms of Satan to be his bride. Only Charlie can save the day, or else.

Joining us on this adventure is Chad Lowe as Charlie, looking ever so stoned throughout the movie. Kristy Swanson gives a rather lackluster performance as Rachael and Richard Farnsworth is Sam the gas attendant. In Hell we meet Gilbert Gottfried in a rather humorous role as Hitler; Anne Meara as Medea, the waitress that never waits on anyone; Ben Stiller as the cook and Attila the Hun; and Jerry Stiller, who I’ve always been convinced would be there anyway, as the desk cop.

Finally we have Beezle, Satan, whatever you want to call him, played by Patrick Bergin who seems to have never recovered from the time when Julia Roberts dumped him for a school teacher. Poor thing. Actually his performance was practically the only one redeemable in the movie, being cunning, sly, and adorable, sometimes silky and sometimes almost sympathetic.

A bad movie? Certainly. I recommend it slightly to only those that watch really weird, campy movies with sly undertones.



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