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The Hills Have Eyes

The Original 1977 film from Wes Craven

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Hills Have Eyes - Slice 'em up & give me an ear

  • Mar 10, 2006
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Pros: A perfectly good flick

Cons: People eating

The Bottom Line: The hills are alive ....
with the sound of screaming ...

Yes folks, it was horror movie weekend at the Dee house (except for Into Thin Air and that was scary enough).

Basic story
Picture this - loving family and extended family on a vacation. While driving thru the desert the ole' breakdown occurs. Enter family #2 - Dad (Jupiter), Mom (Mamma-no name), sons Pluto, Mars and Mercury and daughter Ruby. Family #2 has two goals only - protect the family bastian by any means necessary and obtain food, which can include anything, including humans. Yepper ladies and gents, we are talking cannibalism here with a fine Chianti on the side.

Ensuing battles between the suburbanites and the trolls give you a little peek into the evil that lurks in the hearts of all of us. Can I say this horror exploited American and apple pie family was exciting in their defense?

General comments
This movie, and probably the Nightmare series, nestled Wes Craven into the horror genre. He seems to excel in this type of gory tripe, although he has tried unsuccessfully to step away from it before. He has no compunction at all with assaulting your eyes or your mind with the believable unbelievability. Hey, it's damn possible that people like this exist!

It was a fairly gory movie and a lot of loud screaming, reminding you a lot of Texas Chainsaw - the original one, not the new one.

If you like dark and disturbing films that are a little suspenseful and a little intense, this is the baby for you. With the exception of the people eating, it is a really good film, then again, cooked just right....

Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Virginia Vincent, Russ Grieve, Dee Wallace, James Whitmore, Cordy Clark, Jonus Blythe, Michael Berryman, Lance Gordon, Arthur King and Flora & Stricker as Beauty and The Beast, the dogs.



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Loosely based upon Sawney Bean and his cannibal clan.

Was submitted several times to the MPAA in order to receive an R rating.

Filmed on a budget of $230,000.

Followed by two sequels and two remakes.

When their camper breaks down in the desert on their way to California, a desperate family struggles to survive the attacks of a bizarre cannibalistic family, hungry for fresh meat and determined to terrorize the innocent vacationers. As members of the Carter clan fall prey to these inbred marauders, only a son and daughter remain to rescue their kidnapped infant and seek vengeance against the savages who have destroyed their family.
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Director: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror
Release Date: July 22, 1977
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Wes Craven
DVD Release Date: March 07, 2006
Runtime: 89 minutes
Studio: Blood Relations Co.
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