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Hills Have Eyes

The Hills Have Eyes

3.3 15
Director: Alexandre Aja

Cast: Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw


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Alexandre Aja directs this remake of Wes Craven's film The Hills Have Eyes. In this update, a family is taking a cross-country road trip when their trailer breaks down, leaving them stranded in the desert of New Mexico. There, they find themselves under attack by the savage "hill people," who were deformed by radiation during nuclear testing.


Alexandre Aja directs this remake of Wes Craven's film The Hills Have Eyes. In this update, a family is taking a cross-country road trip when their trailer breaks down, leaving them stranded in the desert of New Mexico. There, they find themselves under attack by the savage "hill people," who were deformed by radiation during nuclear testing.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The year was 1977 and the the Vietnam War had just ground to a slow and painful halt. The definition of "family" in America was changing as shell-shocked troops -- considered "lucky" by the naïve for having survived the horrific atrocities viewers at home only glimpsed on the nightly news -- were attempting to return to their families and loved ones and make sense of life in the serenity of the suburbs. But there was no going back; America had changed, and after two excruciating world wars and an extended quagmire in which the nation's youth were fed into the war machine and spat out in chunks, the culture of violence was flowing through her veins like an all-consuming disease. Ambitious horror filmmaker Wes Craven had absorbed the death and destruction that had become too much to bear for the numbed masses, and proceeded to shatter the senses of moviegoers with the boundary blasting sadism of Last House on the Left. As horror fans ached with curiosity to see what terrors he would bring to the screen next, Craven was cooking up a nihilistic tale of raw survival set against the scorching sun of the Nevada desert. Politically, Craven's sophomore vision personified the growing chasm between the right and the left while simultaneously serving to explore the differences between where we thought we were as a culture, and the contradictory reality so painfully obvious to anyone who still had the stomach to keep up with current events. Flash forward to the year 2006 and another war is going on. This time it's the "war on terror" and, much like its mid-20th century counterpart, it seemed to have no end in sight. Over in Hollywood the remake trend was on fire, and whose catalogue better to raid than Hollywood horror franchise factory himself, Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream creator Wes Craven? Fresh-faced French filmmaker named Alexandre Aja's had just delivered what many considered to be one of the most unforgiving mainstream horror efforts in the last decade, and he needed a winning follow up to cement himself as a true master of the genre. Though the first half of the new The Hills Have Eyes seems to follow Craven's original screenplay almost to the letter -- including the harrowing initial raid on the family caravan that nearly recreates the original atrocity shot for shot -- the heavy handed second half takes an ill-advised turn off the main road to offer a none-too-subtle commentary on the destructive capabilities of the American machine that paints in broad, reactionary strokes where a steady, subtle hand may have been a bit more effective. In terms of surface aesthetics, Aja's flick is retro-hip thanks to Maxime Alexandre's hyper-saturated palate, Daniel Glicker's throwback costume design, and Alessandra Querzola's sparse sets. Composers Tomandandy's unconventional use of discordant, tune-bent strings is strikingly effective in creating a mood of ill-ease early on before inexplicably, and somewhat tragically, swelling to an overbearing eagre of faux-triumphant horns in the final scenes. On the civilized side of things, the performances are generally strong thanks in large part to Ted Levine's turn as the jingoistic, praise-the-lord and-pass-the-ammo patriarch, a pacifist-to-pit bull transformation by unrecognizable X-Men alum Aaron Stanford, and a nurturing, heart-rending show by matronly Kathleen Quinlan, whose suffering at seeing her family butchered before her very eyes is only the beginning of her agonizing trauma. In the end though, Alexandre Aja wants it both ways; he wants to remain staunchly faithful to the original while altering the proceedings to take on new meaning in a new era, and he wants to turn in an inventive, viscerally grating, nuevo-grindhouse epic that will subvert the multiplex experience while simultaneously getting sucked into the creatively exhausted remake trend. While the resulting film could certainly be considered reprehensible in its relentless pursuit to torment the audience, the exact same could be said for Craven's original back in 1977 -- and for viewers looking to be run through the ringer, the new Hills certainly obliges with ruthless abandon. For audiences who hunger for some form of intellectual nourishment amongst the bloody chaos, however, Aja's ponderous, ham-handed evisceration of the American swagger may prove a bit too bombastic to truly drive home his point effectively.

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20th Century Fox
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Commentary by Screenplay Writer/Director Alexandre Aja, Screenplay Writer/Art Director Gregory Levasseur and Producer Marianne Maddalena; Commentary by Producers Wes Craven and Peter Locke; Surviving The Hills: Making of The Hills Have Eyes; Production Diaries; Music Video: "Leave the Broken Hearts" by The Finalist; ; Theatrical Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaron Stanford Doug Wood
Kathleen Quinlan Ethel Carter
Vinessa Shaw Lynne Wood
Emilie de Ravin Brenda Carter
Dan Byrd Bobby Carter
Tom Bower Gas Station Attendant
Billy Drago Papa Jupiter
Robert Joy Lizard
Ted Levine Big Bob Carter
Desmond Askew Big Brain
Ezra Buzzington Goggle
Michael Bailey Smith Pluto
Laura Ortiz Ruby
Maxime Giffard first victim
Maisie Camilleri Preziosi Baby Catherine
Gregory Nicotero Cyst
Ivana Turchetto Big Mama
Judith Jane Vallette Small Deformed Child
Adam Perrell Small Deformed Child
Cedric Proust Actor

Technical Credits
Alexandre Aja Director,Screenwriter
Adil Abdelwahab Asst. Director
Richard Adrian Sound/Sound Designer
Maxime Alexandre Cinematographer
Guiomar Alonso Stunts
Baxter Editor
Youssef Beddelem Stunts
Ali Benbadi Stunts
Mark Bennett Casting
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Mohamed Boukhouima Costumes/Costume Designer
Wes Craven Producer
Danetracks, Inc. Sound/Sound Designer
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
David Franco Musical Direction/Supervision
Mjid El Gachi Stunts
Daniel Glicker Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Hildebrand Executive Producer
Othman Illyassa Stunts
Fatah Lahouissi Production Manager
Samy Layani Producer
Mariam Lee Makeup
Phillipe Lesson Stunts
Gregory Levasseur Art Director,Screenwriter
Peter Locke Producer
Marianne Maddalena Producer
Tamara Marini Art Director
Sasha Melaranci Camera Operator
Joseph C. Nemec Production Designer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Noureddine Ouihya Stunts
Aîssa Ouyous Stunts
François Poirier Stunts
Franco Ragusa Special Effects Supervisor
Florian Robin Stunts
Malika Saïd Stunts
Tomandandy Score Composer
Mustapha Touki Stunts
Cody Zwieg Associate Producer


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The Hills Have Eyes 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the sickest and most tsuspenfull movie I have ever seen.It has horror action and some hardcore suspense.At the very beginig of the movie i could tell this would be a sick film.It all starts off with a familey who is crossing New Mexico to get to california.They end up being stranded in the middle of the dessert and they are killed tortured and raped by the radiated people living there.The whole movie was just sick and repulsive, in a good way.Overall the movie was GREAT its a movie i would recommend everyone to watch exept for da lil kiddies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Didnt anyone find this movie disturbing?? They were trying to convey how cruel and animal like these things/people were. They were cannibals for goodness sakes. I was mortified.I couldnt believe someone would make this film. Plus, even if it wasnt sick, then it was poorly directed and was stupid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well if there were an award for most use of a pick axe it would be this movie. Great gore and on the edge of your seat suspense at points. Could have done with out the implied rape scene, but the movie as a whole rocked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont know why if its cuz im a new dad but a certin seen did disturb me but thats not why i say this movie sucks bad. I wish i spent my time doing something else.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I saw this movie I've been thinking about it.It was awesome! I was about to go back and see it for a second time! And it's taking too long to come out on DVD.I'm anticipating dearly,or at least I'm trying to.In addition,the ending left me in suspense...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen the original Hills have Eyes and this is a fantastic remake. I just discovered that I have "Hills Have Eyes II" on an old VCR tape that I taped many years ago. Can't wait to watch it. Anyone who enjoys horror movies will love this remake. It is definitely worth watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alexandre Aja has outdone himself!! He took a Wes Craven horror story which I thought was just alright and gave it a more realistic story line that could almost be real and added a ton of gore to make it a treat for horror fans. Maybe too many false scares, but several scenes will make you jump. I really enjoyed it at the big screen and I can't wait for it to come out on DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most gruesome and disturbing movie ever. After watching it I wasn't sure if I should like or hate it. I was mostly in between that and couldn't help but watch it again. I like how the character of Doug fought back to get back his baby girl and the dog that was just terrific and different. Finally someone did something right with the whole weak character and believe me its always a girl but this time its a guy and the dog lives!!! Basically you have a family, the the desert mountains and very very creepy disfigured mutants trying to get them. the makeup they done was incredible and beware of a certain scene involving one of the mutants and the abduction of the girl. if you've seen the original then i'm sure you know what scene i'm talking about. Though I agree with most reviewers on how can someone come up with these kind of movies like hostel for instance. Are they like crazy or what? no wonder some people take horror movies a little too seriously. Just keep reminding yourself, its only a movie, its only a movie.
APFuchs_CanisterX More than 1 year ago
The story is simple: a family's off on a holiday and had taken a short cut through the desert to get there. In order to make the trip, they pull up to a lone gas station in the middle of nowhere to top up the tank. Problem is, the gas attendant is in on a little secret and points them to a "short cut" that's supposed to save them a couple hours. Instead, this "short cut" leads the family on the fast track to death as a pack of bloodthirsty mutants hunt the family as their next meal. No, really, that's the story. But you know what? I love it. Simple horror, straight and to the point. Here's the good guys, here's the bad guys, here's the setting. Let's see what happens. It works for me and it works for The Hills Have Eyes no problem. Unfortunately, I didn't see the 1977 original so I can't compare the two, but what I can tell you is the idea, as presented in the movie, of human-mutants caused by nuclear testing's radioactivity was done well, especially since the mutations aren't over the top but very believable (i.e. a guy with a big head; a little girl with a lopsided face; even the grossest of the bunch just seemed to have a few tumors the size of pool balls bulging under his skin). This movie started off with a quick action scene, then the credits rolled, and the main story got under way. Since we as the viewers knew this family was in jeopardy almost right from the start, the slow build-up leading to the explosion of danger and gore was well worth the wait. Actually, I'm glad there was a long lead up before things went crazy. Made you care and relate to the family first before things started happening to them. Made it all the more painful when they got killed. The one part that really got me jumping was the involvement of the baby who, it seemed, was around six months old. Being a parent, the thought of your child getting kidnapped is just terrifying. Add getting kidnapped by cannibal mutants to that and it really makes for sensitive watching. Every scene where I thought maybe something would happen to the kid, I was, like, "No, not that baby!" (What? Horror fans can't be sensitive?) The 180-degree character development of our hero, Doug Bukowski (Aaron Stanford) , was impressive especially since I really didn't like him at all in the beginning, which was the point, and which was a success on the part of the filmmakers. Truly awesome. The Hills Have Eyes was a fun horror movie that pleased this roadside horror fan to the nines. Going to be renting the sequel. Definitely. Go see this. A.P. Fuchs Canister X
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie with my g/f. She was deeply disturbed with the rape scene. The other reviewer was right about this one. It is a horrible thing to enjoy this movie. It isn't even scary. Just gory and pointless. And that's coming from someone who liked the Chainsaw massacre series. Plus, the ending is extra stupid. I mean, can't the director's think of a new ending other than " the guys you thought were dead didn't end up dying?" If you liked this movie, then you seriously don't have good taste, even in today's standards. Also, if you liked this movie, you will also love HOSTEL which was stupid, gory, and so disturbing that it will make you wonder why someone would even like to watch it.
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