10/29/17 Episode 73: The Hitchhikers (1972)
Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch The Hitchhikers (1972), embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser.
Beverly and Ferd Sebastian made several drive-in/grindhouse/direct-to-video movies during the Seventies and Eighties, but the first I've heard of them was when I stumbled onto their YouTube channel. They've posted an extremely generous collection of their full-length movies like 'Gator Bait (1974) and Rocktober Blood (1984). Check them out, let me know what a Rocktober is and why they bleed.
At the end of the YouTube video for The Hitchhikers (1972), present-day Ferd and Beverly explain that they are now born-again and Beverly volunteers time saving greyhounds. They seem nice, as well as their kids, who appear in their movies, but it's hard to notice watching the nasty Hitchhikers. Misty Rowe plays a young hitcher who gets raped (and has a miscarriage), then joins a Charles Manson-type and his horde of thieving thumb-wavers. They live in a cool ghost town but want to steal enough money to move to Los Angeles. Why? You live in a cool ghost town. They're unpleasant people, even if the film ends with a smiley face graphic.
This episode has hosts Carl and Mike in the studio together.