The Hills Have EyesMarch 10, 2006
A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 6.5/10 (62,718 voted)
Critic's Score: 52/100
Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd
Wes Craven produces this remake of his 1977 classic of the same name, about the Carters, an idyllic American family travelling through the great American southwest. But their trip takes a detour into an area closed off from the public, but more importantly from society. An area originally used by the U.S. Government for nuclear testing that was intended to be empty…or so they thought? When the Carter's car breaks down at the old site, they're stranded…or are they? As the Carters may soon realize that what seemed like a car casually breaking down, might actually be a trap. This trap might be perpetrated by the inhabitants of the site who aren't pulling a prank, but are out to set up a gruesome massacre.
Writers: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur
Emilie de Ravin
Gas Station Attendant
Big Bob Carter
Michael Bailey Smith
(as Greg Nicotero)
Maisie Camilleri Preziosi
The lucky ones die first.
20th Century Fox [France] |
Fox Searchlight [United States] |
Release Date: 10 March 2006
Filming Locations: CLA Studios, Morocco
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $15,708,512
(12 March 2006)
Did You Know?
Alexandre Aja and art director Grégory Levasseur originally planned to film in Morocco because of its similarity to the New Mexico desert. Initially the producers objected to this, for fear of terrorist attacks, but after Aja and Levasseur failed to find suitable locations in the US, they relented.
Crew or equipment visible:
When Doug sees Catherine lying on the bed in Big Mama's house in the village, she begins to roll over, and we can see a hand reach up to stop her from rolling from the bed.
Gas Station Attendant:
Ruby, is that you?
Finally, an excellent horror movie
The Hills Have Eyes, although a remake of the original, was everything
a horror movie should be. Typically, I'm not a fan of slasher flicks,
but this movie had elements I like to see in a movie. I don't like to
see the protagonists making stupid mistakes (the old "curiosity killed
the cat" syndrome), I don't like being able to guess the villain 20
minutes into the movie (although this wasn't the scenario in this
particular movie). I don't enjoy picking out who's going to do die
first, and being correct. I don't think sex scenes have any place in
horror movies. I like things to be important and advance the plot.
Although the movie had some "MTV" elements to it, it still adhered to
the classic horror movie thrills. The thing I liked about this movie
was the fact that they repeatedly "crossed the line", doing things that
you wouldn't expect modern movies to do, nothing is off limits in this
movie. Horrifying elements that made you, well, terrified. Lots of
"boo" surprises, but also more complex and twisted than modern movies
have allowed. I spent most of the movie with my mouth agape… It's not
just the gore, although there is a lot of that. They didn't leave
anything to the imagination, did not imply anything…they showed you
It was admittedly a little slow at first, but then all of the sudden
things began to take a turn for the wicked. One thing this movie did
that most horror movies don't bother to do is go into character
development. Not a lot, but more so than a typical thriller will bother
This movie was so disturbing, I'm not sure I'd want to see it again.
That "Deliverance" mentality…you see it once, you're glad you saw it,
but so disgusting you're pretty sure you don't want to experience that
Any horror aficionado should see this movie.