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The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated Edition) (2006)

Horror movie directed by Alexandre Aja

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This is probably a horror-buff "Wet Dream" come true....

  • Jul 20, 2006
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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 to life. What we as an audience get is a sick, twisted, no holds barred horror film that isn't afraid to smack the viewer in the face. With so many horror films playing it "safe" in the recent years, Hills Have Eyes clearly went the opposite direction in the horrors of the horror genre.

Alexandre Aja and co manages to create such creepy and isolated atmospheres, that if there were no mutants at all I would still get the creeps. The hills play characters themselves, as the home to these creatures, they too are frightening. The cinematography is too scare people and it does a pretty decent job at that. How is this film slightly different from other horror films out there today? Well, instead of having a guy kill a bunch of teenagers, we have disfigured mutants (like the film U-Turn)that kills and rapes a family.

Yes, there is a rape scene, and while it's not as horrific as some may have it seem to be, you still have that uncomfortable feeling when it starts to play out. With the girl getting beaten by her attacker, and then raped. While this may seem tame compared to the women beating of "Ichi The Killer", this film if more mainstream, so you can sense of surprised face when I saw it. There are two scenes that are the highlights of Hills; one is when the mutants first attack the family, which is where the rape takes place. The second is when one of the family members goes to the mutants "home" and becomes a killing machine.

The blood and gore? Plenty. One to keep the gore hounds happy. Hills showcase a mix of CGI and prop deaths. Along with the effects from the brilliant minds of KNB (old school Evil Dead, I love these guys). Seeing the mutants is fun too, even if you can't remember the names of any of them. They are cool to look at and all, but not very memorable.
Other remake such as `The Fog' and `The Omen,' can't compare to `Hills Have Eyes' because it stands out of the bunch. I can see good things from Alexandre Aja in the future of horror. Hills is an excellent horror experience, it has the right amount of creepy scares and more then enough uncomfortable gore. I found the performances to be surprisingly well done for a horror film that is about mutated cannibals. This film is a horrific, grotesque, intense & above all a creepy ride through the hills.

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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, …
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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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