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The Hills Have Eyes
- Emilie De Ravin

Overview - With his 2006 remake of Wes Craven's 1977 slasher THE HILLS HAVE EYES, French director Alexandre Aja manages to accomplish what many directors fail to do by making his film a definite improvement over the original. With Craven on board as producer, Aja sticks pretty closely to the first film's script and storyline, but with the help of a larger budget, special effects, better actors, and slick cinematography, creates a much scarier story.  Read more...

 
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Overview

With his 2006 remake of Wes Craven's 1977 slasher THE HILLS HAVE EYES, French director Alexandre Aja manages to accomplish what many directors fail to do by making his film a definite improvement over the original. With Craven on board as producer, Aja sticks pretty closely to the first film's script and storyline, but with the help of a larger budget, special effects, better actors, and slick cinematography, creates a much scarier story. While the film's setting is contemporary, it maintains a 1970s feel in parts, paying tribute to the decade in which the slasher subgenre was born. With an interesting opening-credit sequence consisting of actual nuclear testing footage, we are told that the film's desert setting was the site of nuclear testing during the 1950s and ‘60s. Warned to vacate, the miners that lived there refused to leave, thus subjecting themselves to high levels of toxic radiation, and breeding mutant babies as a result. It is this generation of now-grown mutants that the poor Carter family has the misfortune to encounter while driving through New Mexico on their way to California. When their vehicle breaks down in the desert, the Carters are too busy bickering with one another to realize they have entered enemy territory. But it doesn't take long for the demented creatures living in the hills to make their presence known. The gorefest that follows is packed with terribly frightening scenes of the deformed killers delighting in the torment and intended kill of each family member, young mothers, teen girls, and babies included. Much of the film is set in a government-created test city in which deteriorating mannequins take the place of actual humans. Posing lifelessly alongside their mutant neighbors, these waxy figures provide a chilling backdrop for the graphic war between the mutants and their victims.

Cast List

Gregory Levasseur - Screenwriter, HIGH TENSION (2005)
Gregory Nicotero - Special Makeup Effects Designer, HOSTEL (2006)
Greg Nicotero - Special Makeup Effects Designer, HOSTEL (2006)
Marianne Maddalena - Producer
Jamison Goei - Visual Effects Supervisor, THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006)
Emilie de Ravin - Australian actress, LOST
Baxter - Editor, THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006)
Kathleen Quinlan - American Actress
Kathy Quinlan - American Actress
Danny Glicker - Costume Designer, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING (2005)
Joseph Nemec III - Production Designer, THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006)
Tom and Andy - Composers, THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006)
Tomandandy - Composers, THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006)
Alexandre Aja - French director: FURIA (2000)
Alexander Aja - French director: FURIA (2000)
Peter Locke - Producer
Vinessa Shaw - Supporting Actress
Howard Berger - Special Makeup Effects Designer, HOSTEL (2006)
Wes Craven - Horror Writer/Director
Wesley Earl Craven - Horror Writer/Director
Maxime Alexandre - Director of Photography, HIGH TENSION (2005)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 101
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543247470
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: Unrated (strong gruesome violence and terror throughout, and for language)
  • Release Date: January 2015

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Mutants
Zombies
Theatrical Release
Remake
Gore

 
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Theatrical Release: March 10, 2006

Reviews:
"Directed in tense, concentrated jabs...the remake establishes a jittery family dynamic as well as the original..." - 03/10/2006 New York Times, p.E19


3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]mpressively ferocious....[T]he movie matches the relentless high tension of the French filmmaker's breakthrough..." - 08/01/2006 Total Film, p.98


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he violence, when it comes, is stomach-churningly intense." - 07/01/2006 Ultimate DVD, p.86

 
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