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The Hills Have Eyes
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Directed By
Wes Craven

Written By:
Wes Craven

Robert Houston, Dee Wallace Stone, James Whitworth, Michael Berryman, Virginia Vincent, Janus Blythe, John Steadman, Susan Lanier, Susan Lanier, Martin Speer, Russ Grieve

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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
July 27th, 2012


This often-hailed "cult" film from 1977 was clearly no TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

I can't believe that I'm the first one here to review this early WES CRAVEN production.

To me, THE HILLS HAVE EYES lacked plenty, especially the essential ingredient of heart-pounding brutality that's a necessary requirement of any good horror film of this one's grim nature. In my opinion, this film was far from deserving the special status of being ranked right up there as a genuine horror-movie cult classic.

Besides all of the hammy acting that seemed to prevail, the clan of repulsive, inbred maniacs in the story were such a bunch of bungling idiots that I couldn't help but laugh out loud at their dim-witted behavior. Their goofy shenanigans, at times, bordered right on the very edge of pure slapstick comedy.

THE HILLS HAVE EYES was the sort of film that just couldn't build and sustain even the slightest bit of genuine suspense and terror because the viewer could plainly see everything coming a mile down the road, well in advance.

In its time THE HILLS HAVE EYES may have been considered a real "shocker", but that ain't the case today. I cannot believe that this bit of so-so horror-movie mediocrity actually spawned a sequel, and, even worse yet, a frickin' remake.

*Spoiler Alert!*

Below is my version of THE HILLS HAVE EYES' finale -

Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab!...... The End!

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Mike Thomas
Jul 27, 2012 9:51 PM
Went 'Old School" and did the original. I wasn't that impressed with the remake, but then again, these movies don't really grab me - Texas Chainsaw, anything by Rob Zombie, and the like.

So, I'll make this a "pass."
Jul 28, 2012 3:02 AM
I guess what you're saying goes for all of those "Wrong Turn" movies as well?
Mike Thomas
Jul 28, 2012 1:00 PM
Yeah. If I were to put it in a genre, I would categorize them as "Gritty Horror." Horror movies set in grimy, dirty places, and no one has taken a bath since birth.

Kinda like my apartment.
Jul 28, 2012 11:05 PM

So, you don't like seeing slasher films where the condition of the homes of the maniacs reminds you of your own apartment, eh?

(Just kidding)

By the way, in this film's remake, did the maniacs abduct a baby with plans to cook it up and eat it?
Mike Thomas
Jul 28, 2012 11:12 PM
Nah, they wussed out, as they do in ALL these kind of remakes. Wes Craven has PC'd up all his remakes You saw the baby, but she was alive.

Jul 29, 2012 5:18 AM
I saw this film (not by choice) about 10 years ago. It was too cruel and nasty for my liking.

Dash Riprock
Aug 3, 2012 2:16 AM
I think that you're being way too generous giving this dumb horror film 2 stars.

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