A vacationing family gets attacked in the desert
by a group of psychotic cannibalistic mutants.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Written by Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur
Starring Aaron Stanford, Emilie de Ravin, Ted Levine,
Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Dan Byrd, Robert Joy,
Billy Drago, Laura Ortiz
Remake of 1977's The Hills Have Eyes
Casual moviegoers beware. The Hills Have Eyes is a freakish movie that is specifically made for horror fans and will no doubt make casual viewers squeamish. That being said, it's not as bad as it looks. It's actually quite entertaining, even if it comes across as brutal and horrifying.
The cast is actually pretty likable, which is good for a film like this. You want to have somebody to root for when the villains are sadistic cannibal freaks. I always enjoy seeing Ted Levine and his presence in this film helps me learn to like it. The mutants themselves are designed really well and are absolutely terrifying, particularly Lizard (Robert Joy) who commits most of the rape and murder in the film.
Like I said before, be careful with this one. If you're an experienced horror fan, definitely check it out. I doubt regular film fans will enjoy it. I, for one, found it excruciatingly gross but somehow entertaining. Weird combo, but what else would you expect from a film like this?
The Hills Have Eyes is an intense, edge of your seat horror movie not meant for the casual moviegoer. A movie that involves a family stranded in the desert with mutated cannibals hunting them down and killing them one by one. A movie that hardcore horror fans, just as myself, will enjoy.
One thing I really liked about this movie is that the cast is actually likable. They are a regular family going on a vacation where extraordinarily bad things happen to them. It makes the torture, murder, and rape that is inflicted upon all the more hard to watch. The cannibal freaks are also really well done, looking suitably gross and vile. The actors playing them actually give it their all, leading to some terrifying performances and moments in the film. As stated earlier, this is an intense film, especially towards the end. While it works in making one of the characters into a stronger person as he seeks revenge against the mutants, it does lead to several graphically violent moments.
Like my fellow reviewer said, if you're not a horror movie fan, then you will probably not enjoy this film. Horror film fans, on the other hand, will definitely enjoy this one. I, for one, have quite enjoyed it and consider it be one of the better recent horror films and remakes. The intensity never lets up and the mutants look freaky. A solid horror movie viewing experience.