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The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated Edition) (2006)

Horror movie directed by Alexandre Aja

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Decent Remake

  • Jul 13, 2006
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There have been a ton of horror remakes in the last few years. From "The Fog" to "House of Wax" to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," it appears that Hollywood has run dry on original ideas. One of the latest entries into the world of horror revisited is "The Hills Have Eyes." This is one of the better remakes of recent years, but it lacks something that the original had: Cheese. With a bigger budget and relatively established actors, this remake just doesn't quite add up to the original.

You're probably familiar with the story already, but here's a briefer for folks still undeducated: A family decides to take a shortcut through the desert on their way to California. BIG MISTAKE! It seems that the government couldn't persuade a mining family to move out of the area before they began testing nukes and the result is a bunch of mutated inbreds are out for revenge.

The story closely resembles the original (though in the original, the mutants were hungry cannibals). It moves at a decent clip, but the actual "terror" scenes run too long and by the time they are finished, the shock value wears thin. Director Alexandre Aja makes the same mistake that many other modern shock horror directors make: He has people scream and flail around for way too long. Just kill'em already!

The original is much better. It has a certain cheesey quality to it that none of today's rehashes have. This remake, along with all of the others, is too slick and well-produced. There's nothing appealing about them in the end.

This is still one of the better remakes despite my many gripes. If you enjoy films like "Hostel," then you might like this flick. However, if you want some really good horror, rent or buy the original version of this film. It's much better and features the wonderful Michael Berryman as the original head of the cannibalistic clan!

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review by . February 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*1/2 out of ****     It would seem that Alexandre Aja- along with just about anyone else who dares make a horror film in today's world- has a delusion that horror is measured through gore; and entertainment is measured through how sick you get. Horror isn't about sickening violence and consistent gore; it's about art in the form of fright. The remake of "The Hills Have Eyes", which is directed by Aja, is a horror film made to provoke the audience through violence. There's something …
review by . November 07, 2008
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
This is what we loved 'The Hills Have Eyes' for back in the 70's, right? Stupid people doing stupid things, axes getting buried in skulls, and deformities. That's what horror movies are all about, right?     Director Alexandre Aja (High Tension) does incredible justice to this remake of a very fine original Wes Craven flick. Remaining true to the original, Aja nonetheless brings in new FX for the radiation freaks and also brings fresh performances, though I deeply miss Michael …
review by . November 20, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
I don't claim to be an expert about producers, directors, movies, and which remake is better than what remake. I just know I like horror--the new, more realistic kind AND the old cult classic kind--with all the accompanying gore common to this genre.    This movie has enough gore to satisfy even the most hard-core horror addict, but if you're at all queasy, this movie is not for you. But I loved it. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time; it was THAT exciting. The mutant, …
review by . July 20, 2006
If it is graphic violence and gore you want then this will be the equivalent to a Wet Dream for you. I've yet to see Craven's original, so I can't really compare this remake to it. Although, from what I've heard this remake is far better. If I had seen the original, I would probably agree. Alexandre Aja, who brought us a little French film called "High Tension" is at the blood and guts genre again. This time he has more people to slaughter and a great team behind him to bring these horrific mutants …
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Boasting an upgrade in production values,The Hills Have Eyesshould please new-generation horror fans without offending devotees of Wes Craven'soriginal versionfrom 1977. There's still something to be said for the gritty shock value of Craven's low-budget original, made at a time when horror had been relegated to the pop-cultural ghetto, mostly below the radar of major Hollywood studios. With the box-office resurgence of horror in the new millennium--and the genre's lucrative popularity among the all-important teen demographic--it's only fitting that French director Alexandre Aja should follow up his international hitHigh Tensionwith a similarly brutal American debut to boost his Hollywood street-cred. Working with cowriter Gregory Levasseur, Aja remains surprisingly faithful to Craven's original, beginning with a bickering family that crashes their truck and trailer in the remote desert of New Mexico (actually filmed in Morocco), where they are subsequently terrorized, brutalized, and murdered by a freakish family of psychopaths, mutated by the lingering radiation from 331 nuclear bomb tests that were carried out during the 1950s and '60s. After several killings are carried out in memorably grisly fashion, it's left to the survivors to outsmart their disfigured tormentors, who are blessed with horrendous make-up (especially Robert Joy as freak leader "Lizard") but never quite as unsettling as the original film's horror icon, ...
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Director: Alexandre Aja
Genre: Horror
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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