The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated)

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Released 2006

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Director:
Alexandre Aja
Released:
2006
Rating:
R

The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated) is the grisly contemporary remake of Wes Craven's classic horror chiller set in the forbidding Mojave Desert on the outskirts of California. As in the original, the Carter family, led by Big Bob (Ted Levine, Silence of the Lambs, Evolution, Monk, Heat) and consisting of daughters Lynn (Vinessa Shaw, Eyes Wide Shut) and Brenda(Emilie De Ravin), Mother Ethel (Kathleen Quinlan, The Right Stuff), son Bobby (Dan Byrd) and son in law Doug (Aaron Stanford), are cross cutting across the vast, inhospitable desert on their way to sunny Los Angeles for a vacation, when they are directed to a nifty shortcut across a government nuclear testing site. Unbeknownst to them, they have been set up and to this end, their camper trailer is disabled and they are left sitting ducks to be set upon by a murderous and mutated clan of monstrous hill folk that never left the area, even when the government began frequent nuclear tests.

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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times

    Snobs may balk, purists will be appalled, but this new and exceedingly nasty version of Wes Craven's 1977 cult shocker is awfully good at what it does. And mostly what it does is m...

  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Besides proving to be a faithful mimic of Craven's filmmaking, Aja pours on the gore. But where Aja's version really leaps beyond Craven's both atmospherically and on the violence ...

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is not faulty logic that derails The Hills have Eyes, however, but faulty drama. The movie is a one-trick pony.

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    Horror, Suspense

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    Gorefest, Creatures & Monsters, Slashers, Thrillers