All that talk about Hell yesterday talking about Omen III made me want to write about one of the downright craziest Hell movies I’ve ever seen. Highway to Hell will live forever in my circle of friends. When we were young we would rent the VHS over and over. Oh man, we’d quote lines from it constantly. It is utterly ridiculous in pretty much every way. It’s not scary, nor is it meant to be. But its absurdist humor and early 90’s vibe is infectious. Here is the brief and straight to the point imdb synopsis:
An eloping bride is taken into Hell, and her fiancé must pursue.
Yeah, so that synopsis didn’t give you much, but to be honest, that’s kinda it. It’s a road trip movie in Hell. There you go. But you will see more bizarre moments in this movie than the next twenty you watch. Honestly I think pieces of this movie actually helped inspire me to write my own Hell script (which eventually became my graphic novel Run Like Hell.) If you’re looking for quality and substance, um, this movie is not for you. But if you’re looking for inventiveness and flat out “what is happening” insanity, you’ve come to the right place. I will only mention a few things and if none of these things get you to watch, then nothing will. There’s an awesome cop in hell simply called Hellcop! All worship Hellcop! Numerous Andy Warhol’s pave roads in Hell with ground up body parts. The entire Stiller family (Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara) has a very weird cameo scene. Oh, and Gilbert Godfried plays Hitler (I’m not kidding). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s the best thing Chad Lowe, Patrick Bergin or Kristy Swanson ever did. Give a watch to this hardly discussed early 90’s gem.
Where to Watch: Streaming on Amazon Prime
Food/Drink Pairing: Some roadkill cooked on a hot sidewalk (preferably cooked by Ben Stiller)