The Hills Have Eyes

Release Date: March 10, 2006

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3/76 Dan Krovich The best horror movie in years.
35/68 Michael Bentley It's a very stylish and creepy horror remake, but with violence that is often unsettling.
91/159 David Mumpower I wasn't scared as much as I was dismayed. Hillbillies Gone Wild is a fun premise, but the movie loses steam at several points.

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"The Lucky ones died first."

That's the tagline from the 1977 Wes Craven horror classic The Hills Have Eyes. That standard of terror was one of the early films to establish Craven as one of the biggest talents working in the genre. His second directorial effort after The Last House on the Left, it is generally viewed as a straightforward thriller that followed in the footsteps of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Now, that movie will be re-imagined for 21st century sensibilities. The original story followed a nice, normal, suburban American family as they took a trip across the country to California. Unfortunately, their trailer mysteriously and unexpectedly breaks down when they venture into a government atomic zone that has been closed to the public. Miles away from civilization, the family soon comes to realize that this seemingly uninhabited land of destitution is actually the breeding ground of a family of blood-thirsty mutants. Even worse, they feed on their own kind.

The movie is being directed by Alexandre Aja, who has become well-known amongst horror buffs thanks to his gruesome work on the French psychological slasher High Tension. The cast is comprised of a group of primarily B-list actors, with the best known being Tadpole's Aaron Stanford, Oscar nominee Kathleen Quinlan, Billy Drago (John Bly on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.) and Lost's Emilie de Ravin. Michael Bailey Smith, who played The Thing/Ben Grimm in the ill-fated Fantastic Four movie that barely saw the light of day, will take on the infamous Michael Berryman role of Pluto. You might not recognize Berryman's name, but you'll almost certainly know his unique face from posters for the original film. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Hills Have Eyes
Main Cast Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Emilie de Ravin
Supporting Cast Vinessa Shaw, Ezra Buzzington, Ted Levine
Director Alexandre Aja
Screenwriter Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur
Distributor Fox Searchlight
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Rating R
Screen Count 2,620
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