TaglineIf there's one thing worse than dying and going to Hell, it's not dying - and going to Hell.
Highway to hell 1991 trailer
Highway to Hell is a 1992 American horror comedy film directed by Ate de Jong and starring Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Patrick Bergin, and Jarrett Lennon. It was written by Brian Helgeland. The film tells the story of Charlie Sykes (Lowe) and his girlfriend Rachel Clark (Swanson), who is kidnapped by a demon and taken to Hell to become one of Satans brides, while Charlie must travel to the other dimension to rescue her. The film features father and son actors Jerry and Ben Stiller.
Charlie and Rachel run away from home to get married in Las Vegas. But they get attacked by a zombie who takes Rachel with him to hell, where she will become one of Satan's brides
Charlie Sykes and Rachel Clark are a young all-American couple that decide to run away and elope in Las Vegas. On the road to Vegas, they ignore the warning of a local gas station attendant named Sam. They take an abandoned backroad where Rachel is kidnapped by a zombie Hell Cop who takes her to hell. Charlie goes back to Sam, and Sam explains what the Hellcop is and how to save her. Sam then gives Charlie a shotgun with special ammo and a car that holds a special attribute. On the highway, Charlie meets other dead people that live in Hell and even a motorcycle gang. On the road, he meets a mechanic named Beezle, with his young apprentice. Beezle gives him tips on how to save his girlfriend and even brings him back to life. After Charlie rescues Rachel, Beezle reveals himself to be Satan and proposes a deal to let them, and his apprentice, go free if they can defeat the Hell Cop in a race to the portal that connects Earth and the backroads of Hell.
Patrick Bergin as Beezle
Chad Lowe as Charlie Sykes
Kristy Swanson as Rachel Clark
Jarrett Lennon as Adam
Adam Storke as Royce
Pamela Gidley as Clara
C.J. Graham as Sgt. Bedlam, Hellcop
Richard Farnsworth as Sam
Lita Ford as The Hitchhiker
Gilbert Gottfried as Hitler
Anne Meara as Medea, Waitress in Plutos
Amy Stiller as Cleopatra
Ben Stiller as Plutos Cook/Attila
Jerry Stiller as The Desk Cop
Be Deckard as Dentist, Royces Gang
Michael Reid MacKay as Rachel Demon
Kevin Peter Hall as Charon
The film was shot in Phoenix, Arizona.
Hemdale shelved the film for a year before finally giving it a limited release. It was released to home video on August 21, 1992.
Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Although ambitious, amusing and even romantic, replete with lots of striking sets and jazzy special effects, its humor is not sophisticated enough to attract the wide audiences of a Beetlejuice." Michael Dare of Billboard called it "smart, witty, and incredibly imaginative". TV Guide rated it 2/5 stars and wrote, "Highway to Hell is no masterpiece, but it is a genuine video find." Todd Rigney of Beyond Hollywood called it a "deliriously enjoyable satanic road trip" film that is "fun if you approach it in the right frame of mind". HorrorNews.Net called it "one of the greatest campy horror films to never arrive on DVD".
Highway to Hell has since developed a cult following.