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  • Actors: Fairuza Balk, Warren Kole, Michael Moriarty, Laurene Landon, Malcolm Kennard
  • Directors: Larry Cohen
  • Writers: David J. Schow, Mick Garris
  • Producers: Adam Goldworm, Andrew Deane, Ben Browning, Bo Altherr, Grant Rosenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FA57W6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror: Pick Me Up" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Larry Cohen
  • "Working With a Master: Larry Cohen " featurette on the director and his work
  • "Death on the Highway: An Interview with Larry Cohen"
  • "Behind The Scenes: The Making of Pick Me Up" featurette
  • "Fantasy Film Festival: Mick Garris Interviews Larry Cohen"
  • "On Set: An Interview with Michael Moriarty"
  • "On Set: An Interview with Fairuza Balk"
  • "On Set: An Interview with Warren Cole"
  • Script To Screen: "Pick Me Up"
  • Larry Cohen Bio
  • Still Gallery
  • DVD-ROM: Original Screenplay and screen saver

Editorial Reviews

Wheeler is a friendly truck drive who enjoys slaughtering hitchhikers. Walker is a charming hitchhiker who prefers to butcher anyone who gives hime a ride and Stacia is a tough young woman caught in their depraved game of cat and mouse. Director Larry Cohen's film stars Michael Moriarty, Warren Kole and Fairuza Balk.

Customer Reviews

Horror films do this way too much.
Aaron Merkel
My only complaint is the ending: I know that it was meant to be a bizarre punchline, but for me it was just silly and pulled me right out of the story.
Joplin John
Serial Killers who don't take their victims to a secluded area, and are in no way sexually driven.
Captain Insanity

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Captain Insanity VINE VOICE on March 7, 2007
Format: DVD
According to this flick 1 out of every 2 people are serial killers.
Serial Killers who are by no means methodical,
and kill simply when the chance presents itself.
Serial Killers who don't take their victims to a secluded area,
and are in no way sexually driven.

This is the tale of two spontaneous killers preying on the same group of unfortunate travelers, whose bus broke down in the middle of Murderville, USA. One is disguised as a trucker in shining armor, and the other as a hitch-hiker in desperate need of a ride. (Appropriatly named, "Wheeler" and "Rider"). Both killers eventually set their sights on the last of the passengers, Ms. Faruza Balk. What should have ensued was a wild game of cat(s) and mouse. What happened instead can only be described as ... well a tame game of mouse and mouse trap.

To say the least,
this installment of "Masters of Horror" is flawed at best.
At worst it seems kind of rushed.
Now I'm not going to point out all the mistakes,
'cause it would take a while,
and quite honestly, it's better to make a game out of it.
See how many flaws you can catch before the credits.
Trust me you'll find a bunch.

You should definitely rent before buying.
Soley based on the fact that this is a love/hate sort of movie.
And you won't know whether or not you love or hate it 'til you see it.
Regardless of all its mistakes, it was a fun ride, so I didn't mind purchasing the DVD.
But would I recommend it?
- Only for someone looking for a fun movie.
- But definitely not for someone whose a stickler for details.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Don't take rides and Don't give 'em.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Sommerville on December 6, 2008
Format: DVD
The characterization of some oddball serial killers and terrific dialouge are the saving grace of this MOH episode.

As is typical of Cohen, this is a bit tongue and cheek with some good kill scenes, some genuine suspense and hilarious characters. As seems to be the problem with many of the MOH tales, one hour was not quite enough to really flesh out the plot, which really was good given the time restraints.

If you like other Larry Cohen films, you should enjoy this one as it really hits the spot from an entertainment perspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 13, 2010
Format: DVD
A truck-driving serial killer (Michael Moriarty) meets a deadly drifter in this MASTERS OF HORROR segment. Fairuza Balk plays a young woman caught between these two maniacs as they battle for murderous supremacy! PICK ME UP is one of the better MOH offerings, w/ a nice mix of terror and humour. There's also a ghoulish twist at the end! Director Larry Cohen (IT'S ALIVE 1-3, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, GOD TOLD ME TO, etc.) does the best work he's done in years! Well worth adding to any horror collection...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonny Roy's film interests on April 3, 2013
Format: DVD
Well, this one is a pretty surprising episode in the series to say the least. First, it had a lot of ingredients to get me into the thrill such as: 2 serial killers instead of one only (Michael Moriarty and Warren Khole.) and the tuff chick (Fairuza Balk, no less.)

But where the episode turns out to be pretty interesting and somewhat different is the fact that there was no paranormal or any occult phenomenon or mutant in this one. The killers aren't making ten days plan before hitting. They take the road, find victims and act. Because this is basically what killers do. In this one, one is a hitchhicker and the other one is an old truck driver. Misses originalty? When was the last time we had an original person or killer in a movie or on T.V? And with only 10 days to shoot an hour movie, legendary director Larry Cohen manages to outsmart similar works pretty easily such as: Vacancy or The Strangers. Not saying it puts them to shame, but it is surely better than many suspense scares i saw during that time. Maybe worth saying that along with the great cast and director, Pick Me Up was written by David Schow, a man perceived as the master of the Splatterpunk style that appeared in the early eighties to compete against softer horror stories. Pick Me Up isn't a splatterpunk fest, does it still exists today anyway? But sure has enough nudity and gore to be called a gruesome flick, with staying anchored to the roots of the cat and mouse type of scare and it does all that pretty well. Never disgusts the viewer in a way that will make him turn his head or close his eyes.

A really cool gem in the T.V Horror genre, a pretty fun one hour flick. And it stands amongst the best of MOH's season 1 along with Cigarette Burns, Jenifer, Heickel's Tale and Dance of the Dead in my opinion.

8.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Valero on November 12, 2009
Format: DVD
A young woman (Fairuza Balk) stranded on a lone highway after the bus she was travelling in breaks down, becomes the centre of a tug of war between 2 obnoxious killers. One killer, played by Michael Moriarty named Wheeler, is a truck driver who kills any hitchhiker who is unfortunate enough to hitch a ride with him and the other, a slick Brad Pitt clone named Walker (Warren Kole), loves to murder anyone who is friendly enough and unfortunate enough to pick him up.

"Pick Me Up", directed by Larry Cohen ("It's Alive", "God Told Me To", "Q - The Winged Serpent"), is in my opinion one of the least memorable episodes of the series. Despite a good cast; Michael Moriarty, Fairuza Balk and great location shots, it still manages to induce boredom. The pace is agonizingly slow. The film is hardly an hour but by the time it is done, it feels like you've committed 2+ hours watching it and you get nothing in return. Even Fairuza Balk, who has a face made for the genre, is unable to salvage this. It's not her fault since she didn't write the material and the overall execution must be blamed on the director. The story is routine but in the right hands, could have been a satisfying shocker, the characters are all ridiculous caricatures that you won't mind seeing cut up in to little pieces just so they'd shut up and the suspense... wait, there is none.

Many installments of the "Masters of Horror" series have provided little chills but have made up for it one way or another. For instance, the highly entertaining Deer Woman had great performances (especially from Brian Benben), wit, imagination and some gruesome autopsy scenes.
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