Inspired by actual events.
Two men on a fishing trip pick up a hitchhiker who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who has committed multiple murders, a sociopath who hates humanity because of his own abuse as a child. He also has an affliction which terrifies these two men: an eye which is permanently open, thereby never allowing them to know if he is really asleep or just faking it… something which he does with regularity to scare them… letting them take off and then meeting up with them just as they feel they have escaped from him.
A tense thriller skillfully directed by the only female director of the time, Ida Lupino, it is a suspenseful tale of terror on the highways.
1998 addition to the National Film Preservation Board.
1953 – USA – 71 min. – Feature, B&W