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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
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Based on the original film by fright master Wes Craven, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon realizes the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family...and they are the prey.
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I have to admit that, at least for me, the shine of these mutant-led massacre films has pretty much worn off. There's really nothing new here at all. It's really just a question of how gory the director will make it. It's not like the film is going to draw you into a juicy story, as that story consists of nothing more than a family being thrown out in the desert on some pretense and having to fight for their lives against mutant freaks. There isn't even any mystery as to who the monsters are or how they got that way, as that's made pretty clear from the very start.
As for all the gore, it's really quite exceptional, especially in this uncut version. When a guy blows his head off with a shotgun, he really blows his head off with a shotgun. All of the bullets that hit their mark do all kinds of damage. Still, there's really nothing like a good axe blow to the skull, and the director seems to really get off on that sort of thing as he gives us plenty of it. I could complain about the whole lack of brain oozing in conjunction with all the Bunyan Blues being whacked out, but at least there's plenty of blood. While this isn't the goriest movie I've ever seen -- not even close, really ' it's definitely up there in the upper echelon of gruesome motion pictures.Read more ›
"The Hills Have Eyes" starts off in a similar vein. If you are driving across the Nevada desert and you stop at a gas station that is so old and decrepit that it must have been ten years since (a) they cleaned the place and (b) received a shipment of gas, and if the old coot (Tom Bower) that runs the place tells you there is a short cut to your destination, then how stupid do you have to be to take his advice? Just to make things clear, you choice is between THE ONLY PAVED ROAD IN SIGHT and a dirt road that leads off into the hills. To add insult to injury, the person making this decision, the father of this doomed little nuclear family happens to be an ex-cop. The bad news is that he should know better, but the good news is that he has a gun. Not that it will do him any god.Read more ›
Knowing this movie was a fiction story but over all it was a learning lesson what may happen to people traveling far out of town and not taking necessary precautions. Two years ago on the way coming back home from vacation (Kansas) I took country road to bypass the highway traffic that was caused by several car accidents, although was using GPS but end up getting lost and there was no car around us for 20 minutes also was driving on very bumpy narrow roads in forest kind ... everywhere was deadly quiet and looked strange ... I realized my absolute mistake when my 7 year old son was scared and started crying also my wife began shaking of fear. I noticed my cell had no reception and GPS was loosing signal ... I turned back and drove to the highway ... I couldn't find on the map where we were. I couldn't sleep for few weeks and was thinking what could I have done if any problem with car or some crazy guy would show up on the road, thank God nothing happened but what if ... I watched this movie as my own trip story ... never loose your right track and always communicate among your family!!!
No, really, that's the story. But you know what? I love it. Simple horror, straight and to the point. Here's the good guys, here's the bad guys, here's the setting. Let's see what happens. It works for me and it works for The Hills Have Eyes no problem. Unfortunately, I didn't see the 1977 original so I can't compare the two, but what I can tell you is the idea, as presented in the movie, of human-mutants caused by nuclear testing's radioactivity was done well, especially since the mutations aren't over the top but very believable (i.e. a guy with a big head; a little girl with a lopsided face; even the grossest of the bunch just seemed to have a few tumors the size of pool balls bulging under his skin).
This movie started off with a quick action scene, then the credits rolled, and the main story got under way. Since we as the viewers knew this family was in jeopardy almost right from the start, the slow build-up leading to the explosion of danger and gore was well worth the wait. Actually, I'm glad there was a long lead up before things went crazy. Made you care and relate to the family first before things started happening to them. Made it all the more painful when they got killed.Read more ›
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I love this film. This is the nightmare scenario when the family strays from the main road. Graphic horror violence.Published 3 days ago by Jason Hutton
Not much of a plot; special effects were very good, but even those could be upgraded a bit more! Overall well-done! Leaves a lot to your imagination. Good luck in the future! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Fred
Just Exactly What I Wanted At Such A Little Price! A Must Buy For All Horror Movie Lovers! The Acting Effects And Color And Sound Is Perfect!Published on June 29 2014 by Jay Macdonald
the remake of The Hills Have Eyes improves moderately on the
original.there are fewer filler scenes,and the movie has a more clear
direction. Read more
I don't claim to be an expert about producers, directors, movies, and which remake is better than what remake. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2007 by betty l. dravis