Saturday, October 3, 2009

31 Days of Horror 2: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

October 3, 2009: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Moving away from modern times, we head all the way back to 1977. This was the year people were introduced to a cannibalistic family living in the desert in - The Hills Have Eyes.

The movie is about a family heading out to California that meets their fate when they decide to take a detour off the main road, in hopes to find the silver mine that Big Bob Carter (Russ Grieve) and Brenda Carter (Susan Lanier) received as an anniversary present.

Soon after they leave the main road their camper breaks down and the family is now not only stranded but is also being stalked by a group of people that have a taste for human flesh.

This film was directed by Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and it is genuinely creepy but also extremely disturbing and twisted. The movie isn’t for everybody, I really want to stress that, but if you’re a horror movie fanatic this is definitely one you need to watch.

This was Craven’s second film after his really disturbing debut, The Last House on the Left, and it doesn’t disappoint. This movie sends people on a very intense journey that is not really for the faint of heart and really shows people what a horror movie can be.

The movie was remade in 2006 and it’s not a bad remake but a very rough one. The remake is good and it has all the elements of the original and amplifies them to extreme brutality. If you want to watch the remake I suggest you watch the original first, see if you can handle it, if you can watch the remake.

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