Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: Craven-Maddalena Films Keywords: , , , , , , , , ,. These are where the film's lower budget and small scale work in its favor. Except for Berryman, the cannibalistic male members looked more like Mexican bandits who hasn't taken bath for months. A titled was published by to accompany the release of the film; it was released July 3, 2007. When Ethel and Lynne return to the trailer, Lynne is attacked by Mars, and Ethel hits him with a broom. The theatrical poster shows Vinessa Shaw's character lying down with a mutant hand on her face.
The low budget and claustrophobic desert setting creates a sense of dread permeating throughout the entire film; while the grainy look of the print adds a sense of realism to the unfolding events. Bob and Doug wander off into the desert, searching for help, leaving the women and children behind. When the confrontations begin we are by then invested in the family and the struggle to survive they go through while being attacked. The Hills Have Eyes lacks any kind of form or polish and that's precisely what makes it the movie that it is. All of my friends agreed that this movie has absolutely no denouement! It has plenty of unexpected twists and a steely suspenseful climax. On the one hand I want to say that the acting was sub-par at best, but on the other hand, there were some truly impressive scenes, even from the same actors that turned in some of the most disappointing performances in other scenes.
Like actor Bill Mosely he is nothing like the characters he plays in films. Not the best, but it is definitely close to it. Just as with Last House, much of the subject matter of the film is decidedly outrageous, with an infant possibly being served up for Thanksgiving Dinner its high point or low point if you prefer. After five weeks, it placed seventeenth at the box office, and it fell out of the top 20 into twenty-first place after its sixth week. Meanwhile, Bob arrives back at the gas station, which appears to be open yet isolated. He re-used many of the props from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to decorate the cannibal clan's lair, including animal hides and bones. In the late 1980s, Craven considered making a film in the series set in , but it never came to fruition.
Horror fans are well versed in all things Wes Craven. If you like this also check out The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Directed by music-video veteran —in the future, can producers please look elsewhere for talent? The real stars of the film, however, are the dogs. Indeed, after Last House on the Left, Craven was hardly concerned with maintaining his politically correct reputation. For a film made in 1977, The Hills Have Eyes really is a woman's lib horror movie. In fact, the only atmospheric nuclear detonation in New Mexico was the Trinity test, the first test of a nuclear device conducted on July 16th 1945.
Lanier, Houston, Speer, Grieve, Wallace, and Vincent all make for a well identifiable American family. Craven saw this treatment of the Bean clan by supposedly civilized people as paralleling the clan's own savagery. Cyst is first seen by Doug Bukowski dragging a female corpse through the nuclear test village. Bob walks back to Fred's Oasis to get help. I would even concede that technically it is vastly superior to Last House on the Left, however, for me at least, not as horrific or chilling. This gives him a different appearance than most people which he used to his advantage taking on roles in numerous horror films.
He went on to make several movies that were much more commercially successful, but were a lot tamer and much more viewer friendly. Violent, shocking, gory, and genuinely frightening, it's not hard to see why The Hills Have Eyes gained it's reputation as one of the most ruthless horror films of its decade. And considering when this was made 1977 , this is a really good horror movie of it's time. Stanford in the films also markedly physically resembles this films director, Alexandre Aja. Since there was not enough for a feature length film, footage from the first 1977 was edited in to pad out the running time. The Hills Have Eyes is one of the earlier movies directed by the creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, Wes Craven.
This is what The Hills Have Eyes does. Some of the acting was admittedly over the top and a little laughable at times, but what could you expect from a low-budget '70s horror flick? I love the whole atmosphere the film gives off, and how brutal the film is. At the same time, the remaining troops are attacked by Letch, and Sarge is accidentally killed by Spitter's friendly fire. The violence is shocking and strangely realistic, and it makes it more unsettling than it could have been. In order to save Doug, Ruby tackles Lizard off a cliff, sending them both falling to their deaths.
Like all great horror films, the plot requires very little description. After showing the film to Craven and the rest of the production crew, they were impressed with the pair. Perhaps the remake is better; I haven't seen it yet. With the family stranded in the middle of nowhere, Bob and Doug walk on the road trying to find some help. The film's gross was impeded by the financial success of the film 1977. As viewers we are often asked to put ourselves in the shoes of those characters we watch. The most memorable films are the ones conducted on that realistic, natural scale that leave us sleeping with one eye open and checking under our beds and blankets before we turn out the light.