The Hills Have Eyes
Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15, 2019
“The storyline itself is relatively straightforward – for their silver anniversary, Bob (Ted Levine) and his wife, Ethel (Kathleen Quinlan) decide to take their two teenagers, Brenda (Emilie de Ravin) and Bobby (Dan Byrd), along with oldest daughter Lynn (Vinessa Shaw), son-in-law Doug (Aaron Standford), granddaughter Catherine (Maisie Camilleri Preziosi) and two German Shepherds – Beauty and Beast – on a trip from Cincinatti, OH to San Diego, CA in their tiny camper. While crossing the desert, they get turned around by the inevitable Bad Guy Gas Station Attendant (Tom Bower), who sends them down a shortcut crawling with horny, cannibalistic mutants (Billy Drago, Laura Ortiz, Robert Joy, Desmond Askew, Ezra Buzzington, Michael Bailey Smith) and no cell signal. It seems as though there had been some nuclear bomb testing going on years ago in these hills, and the resulting radiation mutated the genes of everyone who dared stick around, giving their offspring a hankering for human flesh and faces the shape and consistency of sun-warmed Silly Putty. Chaos ensues, as it always does in these situations.
“…Although some have complained about the one dimensional human characters and the seemingly random, directionless mutant characters, one does not watch a film like THE HILLS HAVE EYES for its in depth character portrayals. You throw the DVD of THE HILLS HAVE EYES into the DVD player when you’re in the mood for blood, carnage, savagery and excellent creature effects, plain and simple. Like Oldboy and Hostel before them, THE HILLS HAVE EYES reimagining came out pushing the boundaries of what was shown onscreen before, barely squeaking by with an R rating.
“…The scariest part about THE HILLS HAVE EYES is knowing that there is some fact in all of that fiction. While the photos of the mutations that appear in the opening credits were not a result of atomic mutation but of birth defects caused by the use of Agent Orange, the story of the hill family that survived on the flesh of wandering loners was based on the legend of Scottish psychopath Alexander “Sawney” Bean, who was reported to having trapped and killed over 1,000 people to feed his inbred family. After garnering the attention of King James VI, British soldiers massacred Bean and his entire family. Well, they think they got the entire family. Who wants to go on a trip through the Scottish Highlands with me?” – PopHorror
- Country USA
- Year 2006
- Director Alexandre Aja
- Cast Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd