Highway to Hell (1992)

R | 92 mins | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 13 March 1992

Directors:

Ate de Jong, Jack Gill

Writer:

Brian Helgeland

Cinematographer:

Robin Vidgeon

Production Designer:

Phillip Dean Foreman

Production Company:

Highway Productions
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HISTORY

       An item in the 26 May 1989 LAHExam reported that the $7.5 million budget would be partially financed by Hemdale Film Corporation, which would also distribute the film.
       The 1 Aug 1989 HR announced principal photography would begin 8 Aug 1989 in California. The 22 Aug 1989 HR pushed the start date to 26 Sep 1989, still in California. However, the 14 Nov 1989 HR stated the film would shoot in Page, AZ, and Phoenix, AZ, and that principal photography began 25 Oct 1989.
       The 17 Mar 1992 DV review noted the film was shot in 1989, but was not released until Friday the 13th Mar 1992.
       End credits include the following statements: “Special thanks to: David Allen, Illusion Arts, Jim Danforth”; “Special thanks to Tangerine Dream for additional music”; “ Highway to Hell was shot on location in Page, Arizona and Phoenix, Arizona” and “The producers would like to thank: Ron Carr, The Coca Cola Bottling Company, Tom Hansen, Sheri Hooper, Judith Lovejoy, Paul MacKey, David Ross Miller, The Navajo Nation, Toni Obee, Elizabeth Oldknow, William J. Petrasich, John V. Shea, Richard Thompson, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Park Service, and an especial thank you to Craig Wallace.”
      End credits include a lengthy written epilogue that reveals the lead characters’ actions after escaping from ... More Less

       An item in the 26 May 1989 LAHExam reported that the $7.5 million budget would be partially financed by Hemdale Film Corporation, which would also distribute the film.
       The 1 Aug 1989 HR announced principal photography would begin 8 Aug 1989 in California. The 22 Aug 1989 HR pushed the start date to 26 Sep 1989, still in California. However, the 14 Nov 1989 HR stated the film would shoot in Page, AZ, and Phoenix, AZ, and that principal photography began 25 Oct 1989.
       The 17 Mar 1992 DV review noted the film was shot in 1989, but was not released until Friday the 13th Mar 1992.
       End credits include the following statements: “Special thanks to: David Allen, Illusion Arts, Jim Danforth”; “Special thanks to Tangerine Dream for additional music”; “ Highway to Hell was shot on location in Page, Arizona and Phoenix, Arizona” and “The producers would like to thank: Ron Carr, The Coca Cola Bottling Company, Tom Hansen, Sheri Hooper, Judith Lovejoy, Paul MacKey, David Ross Miller, The Navajo Nation, Toni Obee, Elizabeth Oldknow, William J. Petrasich, John V. Shea, Richard Thompson, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Park Service, and an especial thank you to Craig Wallace.”
      End credits include a lengthy written epilogue that reveals the lead characters’ actions after escaping from Hell.
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Mar 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Aug 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Nov 1989.
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LAHExam
26 May 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
16 Mar 1992
p. 10.
Variety
23 Mar 1992
p. 109.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
John Daly and Derek Gibson present for Hemdale Film Corporation
A Goodman-Rosen / Josa High Street Pictures Production
A Film From Hemdale, A Major Independent
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
Line prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam (B-cam)
2d asst cam
Still photog
Aerial cam-work
Gaffer
Rigging gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Focus puller, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Best boy, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Lighting and grip equip by
Cranes and dollys by
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Asst prod des
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv
Post prod asst
1st asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop asst (Arizona)
Prop asst (Arizona)
Prop asst (Los Angeles)
Leadperson
Key scenic artist
Key scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Const foreman
Const foreman
Carpenter lead
Swing
Administrative asst for const
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Prop master, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Ward asst
Ward, 2d unit
MUSIC
Mus supv
Rec and mixed by
Rec and mixed at
Rec and mixed at
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd eff
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Dial ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
ADR/Foley mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec facility
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff des and created by
Spec visual eff des and created by
Titles and visual eff des
Opt supv
Rotoscope op
Opt op
Opt op
1st visual eff tech
Miniature const supv
Miniature const supv, Michael F. Hoover
Sculptor
Model builder
Matte paintings
Matte paintings
Eff anim
Eff tech
Eff tech
Miniature pyrotechnics
Foam tech
Visual eff prod mgr
Mechanical eff supv
Mechanical eff asst
Mechanical eff asst
Mechanical eff asst
Mechanical eff asst
Mechanical eff asst
Mechanical eff asst
Spec eff, 2d unit
Titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Spec makeup eff des and created by
Makeup artist
Key hairstylist
Makeup and hair asst
Spec makeup eff
Lead makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Makeup eff tech
Prod coord for makeup eff
Hair/Makeup, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Scr supv
Casting assoc
Arizona casting
Extras casting
Head trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Helicopter pilot
Transportation coord
Co-transportation coord
Mechanical/Driver capt
Insert car driver
Driver/Mechanic
Driver
Driver
Driver
Car fabricator
Honeywagon driver
Prod van driver
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to the prods
Unit pub
Pub consultant
Pub consultant
Security (Page, AZ)
Security (Phoenix, AZ)
Craft service
Craft service
Payroll service
Motion picture banking
Banking consultant
Hemdale auditor
Hemdale auditor
Prod asst, 2d unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
Truck driver, 2d unit
Honeywagon driver, 2d unit
Craft service, 2d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt mechanic
Stunt mechanic
Stunt double for Mr. Ben, 2d unit
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
“The Ice Cream Man Song,” performed by Ryan, Goetz & Francis, written by Will Ryan (BMI) Larry Goetz (BMI) and Robin Francis (ASCAP), published by Pennystamp Music (BMI) and Stickystamp Music (ASCAP), produced by Larry Goetz
“Give Me Water,” performed by Eric Pressly, written by David Batteau (ASCAP) & Eric Pressly (ASCAP), published by Stickystamp Music (ASCAP) and Xayas Songs (ASCAP), produced by Eric Pressley & David Batteau
“Devil Owns The Highway,” performed by The Throttle Boys, written by David Batteau (ASCAP) & Steve Schiff (BMI), published by Stickystamp Music (ASCAP), Xayas Songs (ASCAP) & Pennystamp Music (BMI), produced by Steve Schiff & Joe Julian
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SONGS
“The Ice Cream Man Song,” performed by Ryan, Goetz & Francis, written by Will Ryan (BMI) Larry Goetz (BMI) and Robin Francis (ASCAP), published by Pennystamp Music (BMI) and Stickystamp Music (ASCAP), produced by Larry Goetz
“Give Me Water,” performed by Eric Pressly, written by David Batteau (ASCAP) & Eric Pressly (ASCAP), published by Stickystamp Music (ASCAP) and Xayas Songs (ASCAP), produced by Eric Pressley & David Batteau
“Devil Owns The Highway,” performed by The Throttle Boys, written by David Batteau (ASCAP) & Steve Schiff (BMI), published by Stickystamp Music (ASCAP), Xayas Songs (ASCAP) & Pennystamp Music (BMI), produced by Steve Schiff & Joe Julian
“Maybe Next Time,” performed by Debra Crandle Parson, written by David Batteau (ASCAP) & Eric Pressly (ASCAP), published by Stickystamp Music (ASCAP) & Xayas Songs (ASCAP), produced by Eric Pressly & David Batteau
“She’s A Deceiver,” performed by Jimmy Haun, written by Jimmy Haun (ASCAP), published by Stickystamp Music (ASCAP).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
13 March 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 13 March 1992
Production Date:
began 25 October 1989
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Teenagers Charlie Sykes and Rachel Clark elope to Las Vegas, Nevada, accompanied by their dog, “Mr. Ben.” Concerned their parents have alerted police, they turn off the main highway onto a back road. Charlie stops the car and wants to make love, but Rachel refuses, insisting their first sexual encounter should be in a bedroom. When they stop at Sam’s Last Chance gas station, Sam cautions them to return to the main road, but Charlie and Rachel are eager to reach Las Vegas. Sam tells of two Joshua trees by the road, and warns them not to fall asleep until they pass the second one. Rachel is soon asleep and, as they pass the first Joshua tree, Charlie falls asleep at the wheel, but awakens in time to avoid crashing into a billboard near the second Joshua tree. As Charlie stops, he notices a police car behind the billboard, and Sergeant Bedlam, also known as “Hellcop,” strides to their vehicle, rips open the passenger door, and pulls Rachel out. Charlie fights the officer, but is knocked out. When he regains consciousness, Rachel and Hellcop are gone. Charlie returns to Sam’s gas station, and learns of the hidden “highway to hell,” where many virginal young women have disappeared. Fifty years earlier, Sam and his fiancée, Clara, fell asleep while driving between the Joshua trees. Clara disappeared, but Sam has never given up hope of finding her. He insists Charlie must stop Hellcop from taking Rachel to Hell City. To find the highway to hell, Charlie must drive between the Joshua trees and truly believe it exists. ... +


Teenagers Charlie Sykes and Rachel Clark elope to Las Vegas, Nevada, accompanied by their dog, “Mr. Ben.” Concerned their parents have alerted police, they turn off the main highway onto a back road. Charlie stops the car and wants to make love, but Rachel refuses, insisting their first sexual encounter should be in a bedroom. When they stop at Sam’s Last Chance gas station, Sam cautions them to return to the main road, but Charlie and Rachel are eager to reach Las Vegas. Sam tells of two Joshua trees by the road, and warns them not to fall asleep until they pass the second one. Rachel is soon asleep and, as they pass the first Joshua tree, Charlie falls asleep at the wheel, but awakens in time to avoid crashing into a billboard near the second Joshua tree. As Charlie stops, he notices a police car behind the billboard, and Sergeant Bedlam, also known as “Hellcop,” strides to their vehicle, rips open the passenger door, and pulls Rachel out. Charlie fights the officer, but is knocked out. When he regains consciousness, Rachel and Hellcop are gone. Charlie returns to Sam’s gas station, and learns of the hidden “highway to hell,” where many virginal young women have disappeared. Fifty years earlier, Sam and his fiancée, Clara, fell asleep while driving between the Joshua trees. Clara disappeared, but Sam has never given up hope of finding her. He insists Charlie must stop Hellcop from taking Rachel to Hell City. To find the highway to hell, Charlie must drive between the Joshua trees and truly believe it exists. Sam arms Charlie with a “special” rifle and several shells. Realizing Charlie’s vehicle is inadequate, Sam offers his classic car. Charlie races between the two trees until a police car stops him. Certain it is Hellcop, Charlie aims his rifle at Jimmy, the young officer. Realizing his error, Charlie speeds away while chanting, “I believe.” His car is transported through a portal to the hell highway in a remote desert. Meanwhile, Hellcop drags Rachel into Pluto’s Donuts, a hellish diner filled with police officers in various states of deterioration. Hellcop shoots an annoying officer, who disappears in an energy surge. While Hellcop’s attention is diverted, Rachel runs away into the desert, where she is surrounded by a motorcycle gang, led by Royce and his girl friend, Clara. Royce returns Rachel to Hellcop, in exchange for a future favor. Later, Charlie meets the motorcycle gang at the diner and recognizes Clara. Royce allows Charlie to go free after elicting a promise that Charlie owes him a favor. When Charlie reaches Hellcop’s car, the two exchange gunfire. Charlie is forced off the road and crashes in the desert as Hellcop speeds away. A tow truck arrives, and the driver, Beezle, is accompanied by Adam, a child who is excited to meet Charlie’s dog, Mr. Ben. Beezle fixes Charlie’s car and advises him that all roads lead to Hell City. Later, Charlie is surprised to discover Adam hiding in the car, and wonders how the boy got into hell. Adam fell asleep during a family trip and awoke to find Hellcop had murdered his family and dog. Hellcop brought him to Beezle, who is teaching Adam how to “fix things.” Charlie promises Adam that he and Rachel will take him out of hell. Charlie parks at a casino by Hellcop’s car. While Adam stays outside, Charlie enters the crowded club. He sees Rachel locked in a cage, and shoots at Hellcop, to no effect. In return, Hellcop shoots Charlie in the chest and leaves with Rachel. Adam rushes to help Charlie, who is bleeding badly. Beezle arrives and promises to save Charlie if Adam pledges to stay in hell. Charlie awakens, surprised to be healed, and Beezle acknowledges that Hellcop’s bullet could not pierce his soul. Beezle suggests that Charlie take a shortcut called the road to nowhere, and Royce’s gang arrives as Charlie leaves. Charlie asks Adam to join him, but the boy tells him he must stay with Beezle. A jealous Royce confronts Beezle about favoring Adam, and Beezle berates Royce. Angry, Royce leads his gang to hunt Charlie. However, they do not follow when Charlie speeds onto the Road to Nowhere. Charlie sees Hellcop’s car parked outside a cave. Clara races up on her motorcycle, and Charlie reveals Sam is still looking for her. She warns him not to take the shortcut because he may have to make a difficult choice there. She admits Satan tempted her, and she made the wrong choice. Charlie insists on finding Rachel, and enters the cave. He climbs a flight of stairs and finds Rachel tied up inside a bedroom. She demands they make love, but Charlie hesitates. Hellcop bursts inside and they fight. Charlie grabs Hellcop’s gun and shoots, causing the officer to disappear. Rachel again demands they make love, but Charlie looks in a mirror and sees the reflection of a demon instead. Charlie shoots the demon, and it falls through the bed into a hellish pit. As Charlie returns to his car, Hellcop’s car surges with energy and transports itself onto the crowded highway to Hell City. Charlie follows into a mountain tunnel, but takes a wrong turn to the edge of a cliff across the chasm from Hell City. He hikes down the mountainside and joins travelers boarding a boat on the River Styx. The ferryman claims only the dead can pass, but acknowledges rules can be broken and warns Charlie it is a one way trip. Inside Hell City, Charlie eludes guards and discovers Rachel playing violin in a luxurious room. The monstrous-looking devil enters, and Charlie demands to leave with Rachel. However, Satan claims he has heard Rachel play violin and knows she can be successful with the devil’s help. Rachel refuses the offer, insisting she loves Charlie. Satan allows them to leave on condition that they do not look back. As they leave, Satan transforms himself into Beezle. Guards chase Rachel and Charlie to Hellcop’s car. Rachel hotwires it, and they speed out of Hell City, across the canyon and into the mountain tunnel. Charlie shoots Hellcop’s engine, and then retrieves his car. Mechanics fix Hellcop’s car and he pursues the couple. Rachel and Charlie stop at a large mansion and discover Beezle and Adam waiting. Charlie wants to take Adam with them, but the boy refuses to break his promise to remain. Charlie counters that he must fulfill his promise to the boy. Adam is surprised that Charlie is honoring his word, and runs to him. Beezle admits he is the devil, and refuses to let his “adopted son” go. Charlie offers to race Hellcop in exchange for Adam, but Beezle refuses. However, Rachel offers herself as part of the prize, and Beezle accepts. Hellcop and Royce’s gang arrive. Charlie, Rachel, Adam, and Mr. Ben get into their car, and Clara asks them to say hello to Sam for her. As the race begins, Beezle declares Royce is a great disappointment, and Royce’s gang deserts him. Angry, Royce jumps on his motorcycle with Clara, and chases the racers. He reaches Charlie’s vehicle and tries to stab Adam with a sword. However, Clara insists he let them live, places her scarf over Royce’s face, and they crash in the desert. Meanwhile, Adam reveals the only way to kill Hellcop is to shoot his sunglasses. They have one shell left, but it drops to the car floor. As Rachel reaches for it, she sees a box hidden under the seat. She flips the switch, and they accelerate through the portal to Earth, crashing by the billboard on the back road. Jimmy, the police officer, is shocked by their arrival, and pulls Charlie from the car. As he handcuffs Charlie to the police cruiser, Hellcop bursts through the billboard. Jimmy fires at Hellcop and is knocked aside. Hellcop attacks Charlie, who grabs a hubcap and shatters one of Hellcop’s lenses. As Hellcop aims his weapon at Charlie, Rachel loads the last bullet into the rifle and shoots Hellcop’s face. Light streams from his eyes and Hellcop explodes. Later, Charlie and Rachel get married with their parents’ blessing. Their journey through hell inspires Charlie to develop the phenomenally popular video games, “Hell on Wheels,” “Dog in Hell,” and “I’d Rather Be Living.” Rachel opens a chain of Hot as Hell Pizzerias and sometimes serenades the customers on her violin. The two of them are very happy, but they have vowed never to take back roads at night again. Adam now lives with his aunt and uncle in Cleveland. He has his own dog, but still sends a postcard to Mr. Ben every Tuesday. Sam still stays up late warning people about the highway to hell. He has not given up hope of seeing Clara again. Mr. Ben now stars in his own dog food commercial. For Beezle, the game goes on. +

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