Pick Me Up

2006

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IMDb Rating 6.4

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Reviewed by Cujo108 7

Larry Cohen&#39;s entry into the series has to do with a broken down bus and the two serial killers who happen upon it. One of the killers is an old trucker (Cohen regular, Michael Moriarty) who kills anyone he gives a ride to, and the other is a hitchhiker (Warren Kole) who murders those who pick him up. Both set their sights on the lone remaining passenger (Fairuza Balk) of the bus, which leads to a battle of wills to see who can get her first.<br/><br/>This story of two dueling serial killers is perfectly suited for the episodic &quot;Masters of Horror&quot; format, as it&#39;s merely a fun little idea with hardly enough material to sustain a feature length film. Throw in Cohen as the master behind this one, and I was expecting to sit back for one of the more entertaining episodes of the series. I have to say that I was disappointed. For starters, it had definite pacing issues. Yes, an hour-long episode dealing with an idea as threadbare as this one suffers from a poor pace. Some of the performances also really brought it down for me. All of the people from the bus (aside from the driver and Balk) were just terrible. Worst acting of the series from these folks, and I wanted them to die immediately so I wouldn&#39;t have to put up with it.<br/><br/>Michael Moriarty was fantastic, though. He nailed his role, and Kole was quite good too. I loved the interactions between these two and how they would try to one up each other. We also get a decent helping of morbid humor, and the skinned alive girl was a surprisingly gruesome touch in an otherwise tame episode. As for atmosphere, it was sorely lacking here. Maybe I&#39;ve just seen too much of British Columbia from this series, and I know it&#39;s for budgetary reasons, but I felt that the locations weren&#39;t very fitting for the story at hand. Cohen&#39;s direction is generally uninspired with the exception of an overhead pan of the rooms during the motel sequence. The absurd ending also fails, all plausibility going right out the window.<br/><br/>&quot;Pick Me Up&quot; needed less of the bus passengers and more of the killers facing off. At least it would&#39;ve been a bit more entertaining that way. Two good performances, poor episode.

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Reviewed by trashgang 8

Ahaaa, this is a special entry in the Masters Of Horrors series. There&#39;s almost no blood to spot and still it&#39;s pure horror made only by characterisation and especially done by Michael Moriarty who plays the trucker. The way he acted levitates this episode to a higher level.<br/><br/>Even as the story is simple and the ending is predictable I still enjoyed it. When a bus breaks down on a highway two serial killers are trying to help them but they don&#39;t know that they are both serial killers. It&#39;s a game of hunting down and being hunted until the end. Sure I said that there&#39;s almost no blood and that&#39;s correct, only the two in the van are really slaughtered, one sliced and the girl being tortured and skinned alive in a motel room. But it surely never becomes gory. This really needs the characters and it really worked out fine. <br/><br/>One of the better episodes.<br/><br/>Gore 1/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 3/5 Story 4/5 Comedy 0/5

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Reviewed by Xex-Arachnid 10

So far, this is the best M.O.H. produced story yet. I never heard of Cohen but he made a good impression on me with this presentation.<br/><br/>If you don&#39;t know what this story&#39;s about well, it&#39;s about two serial killers (one a drifter and another one who&#39;s a truck driver) who cross paths in the midst of their killing sprees and then decide to compete for the one remaining person (Fairuza Balk) who was the only one willing to walk 14 miles to the motel instead of waiting for help along with the rest of the passengers once their charter bus broke down.<br/><br/>The story takes place way up in N. America in which I believe to be the greater Washington area because I&#39;ve either seen a sign that said &quot;Spokane&quot; or heard it in one of the character&#39;s dialog. I also believe the truck driver character was once a mafia hit-man because of some said references to New York and the surrounding Borroughs and something about witnesses. Pretty good and the ending is even great.

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