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The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated Edition) (2006)

Horror movie directed by Alexandre Aja

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Excellent remake of a great original

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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 Berryman from the original.

A family takes a fatal shortcut through the desert and becomes stranded when they wreck their truck. Ma and Pa, their married daughter with husband and baby, and two teenage kids. 'The Hills Have Eyes', to speak the name of the movie, and the family is being watched as they make their plans to get truck and trailer out of the un-planned campsite.

What follows is a lot of axe murders, some inner-growth on the part of the teenagers, swollen heads and other deformities, dogs eating freaks, and other fine moments for the horror aficionado. Lots of axe action.

On a personal note, when the German Shepherds in the movie began barking, my two German Shepherds raced up to the TV and began to "chuff" at it. It was a very funny moment for us in such a gruesome atmosphere, but also testifies to the better sound quality of the remake.

If you loved the original 'The Hills Have Eyes', you will love the remake. If you've never seen the original, you should watch both new and older versions. Basically, I consider this DVD to be a "must have" for any aficionado of horror. Enjoy!
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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 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 …
review by . July 13, 2006
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 …
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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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