The Hills Have Eyes

The Hills Have Eyes

Susan Lanier
Director: Wes Craven Cast: Susan Lanier
Susan Lanier
, Robert Houston
Robert Houston
, Virginia Vincent
Virginia Vincent
Wes Craven

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Overview

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

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2016
UPC: 0760137891390
Original Release: 1977
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Brand new audio commentary with actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Martin Speer; Brand new audio commentary by academic Mikel J. Koven; Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke; Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes - making-of-documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Peter Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace and director of photography Eric Saarinen; Family Business - a brand new interview with actor Martin Speer; The Desert Sessions - a brand new interview with composer Don Peake; Never-before-seen outtakes; Alternate ending, presented in HD for the first time; Trailers and TV spots; Image gallery; Original screenplay (BD-ROM Content)

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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