Hills Have Eyes

Hills Have Eyes

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Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Virginia Vincent

     
 

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Like an episode of Married With Children on crack, this early Wes Craven effort serves up a colorful clan of social renegades and pits them against a family of middle-class snivelers. This being a horror film from before the age of pervasive irony, of course, the audience is supposed to identify with the itinerant Carter brood ratherSee more details below

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Like an episode of Married With Children on crack, this early Wes Craven effort serves up a colorful clan of social renegades and pits them against a family of middle-class snivelers. This being a horror film from before the age of pervasive irony, of course, the audience is supposed to identify with the itinerant Carter brood rather than the territorial mutants who relentlessly stalk them through the desert. But half the fun is in watching the wholesome, Winnebago-riding Carters get picked off one by one and whine about it. Horror perennial Dee Wallace, hot off a bit part in The Stepford Wives, is the most recognizable face among the supposed good guys, and she hits every catatonic "dingoes ate my baby" mark that's required of her. Pallid golden boy Robert Houston, however, is the most irritatingly sheltered of the lot. Unfortunately, he never gets what's coming to him. Films as varied as Breakdown and The Hitcher have played up the dangers that face ordinary people when they hit the highway; in terms of production quality and psychological acuity, The Hills Have Eyes falls somewhere below those two films, but its exploitation thrills are more potent by half. Brian J. Dillard

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Like an episode of Married With Children on crack, this early Wes Craven effort serves up a colorful clan of social renegades and pits them against a family of middle-class snivelers. This being a horror film from before the age of pervasive irony, of course, the audience is supposed to identify with the itinerant Carter brood rather than the territorial mutants who relentlessly stalk them through the desert. But half the fun is in watching the wholesome, Winnebago-riding Carters get picked off one by one and whine about it. Horror perennial Dee Wallace, hot off a bit part in The Stepford Wives, is the most recognizable face among the supposed good guys, and she hits every catatonic "dingoes ate my baby" mark that's required of her. Pallid golden boy Robert Houston, however, is the most irritatingly sheltered of the lot. Unfortunately, he never gets what's coming to him. Films as varied as Breakdown and The Hitcher have played up the dangers that face ordinary people when they hit the highway; in terms of production quality and psychological acuity, The Hills Have Eyes falls somewhere below those two films, but its exploitation thrills are more potent by half.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
UPC:
0014381724554
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
19,424

Special Features

Audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Peter Locke; 2 featurttes: "Looking Back at the HIlls Have Eyes"; "The Directors: The Films of Wes Craven"; Alternate ending; Theatrical trailers; TV spots; Behind-the-scenes photos

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Lanier Brenda Carter
Robert Houston Bobby Carter
Virginia Vincent Ethel Carter
Russ Grieve Big Bob Carter
Dee Wallace Lynne Wood
Martin Speer Doug Wood
Brenda Marinoff Katy
Stricker The Beast
James Whitworth Jupiter
Cordy Clark Mama
Janus Blythe Ruby
Michael Berryman Pluto
Lance Gordon Mars
Arthur King Mercury
John Steadman Fred
Flora Beauty

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Robert A. Burns Art Director,Production Designer
John Frazier Special Effects
Peter Locke Producer
Donald Peake Score Composer
Eric Saarinen Cinematographer

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