We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
The Hills Have Eyes
The lucky ones die first.
A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.
This review is for the Unrated Version!
An exceptional remake and modernization of the great Wes Craven 1977 classic! Pretty much follows the original plot with a few welcomed changes!
Director Alexandre Aja introduces this brilliant update of a great classic to new generations of horror fans!
Enough blood, violence and sheer terror to please the most avid hardcore horror fans!
Recommended by Ali Moneib via my list "Movie Request Hotline"
Thanks so much Ali for recommending this great remake!
Improving on the original in a number of glorious ways, and though far from perfect, Aja's Hills exceeds all expectations, underlines the depressing lack of originality in the genre today, echoes Peckinpah's Straw Dogs & confirms Aja as a major talent, resulting in a slice of unrestrained and unashamedly adult horror that makes little concession to the usual teen demographic.
The film follows an unfortunate family as they travel through the desert en route to California, falling victim to a vicious band of mutant cannibals along the way. There is very little to the film beyond this simple, brutal premise, which in a sense is why it works so well. Aja largely ditches Craven’s vague attempts to…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The value of a remake, in my opinion, is not how well the director can mimic the original film shot for shot, but how well the director can stay true to the original while improving upon it.
Aja greatly succeeds in that respect. While holding very true to the original, he improves on the quality, and not just with special effects. He better represents the characters, as well as the events that unfold. He adds a little more mystery and terror to the deformed family by not revealing as much about them as Craven did, making them all the more scary. The casting was great, they all delivered solid performances. On a personal note, as a German shepherd owner, I love that they are part of the protagonist team, and are almost characters.
Oh and did I mention the gore galore?
Probably one of the very few horror remakes that surpass the original.
Monsieur Aja is one sick bastard.
As I was watching this for the second time, I realized why I like this movie so. In many ways it feels like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, my favourite pure horror film of all time. The whole lost in the wild, being picked off by a grotesque, whack-job family is very reminiscent of Chainsaw and Aja pulls it off quite well here.
The protagonist family is very good; the personalities and relationships are varied and you get to know them well in the relatively short time they are all on screen together. While none of them are truly amazing in their roles, they are more than adequate to keep me invested and the interplay between them makes them seem even…
Film #22 of my Hoop-tober Horror Challenge!
The Dr. Strangelove-esque opening titles gave me high hopes for this film, but sadly the rest of the film was plagued by unlikable characters, bad scares, and a pretty boring plot (though I should place the blame on the original for this). The increase in budget and experience plays in this film's favor, but I was left, overall, unimpressed.
This plays up the idea of mutation a lot more than the original, but I never found the idea to be taken in any particularly interesting directions.
I will probably revisit this film (I am pretty tough on remakes the first time around) after Hoop-tober and give it a proper review then.
Up Next: The Old Dark House (1932)
The thought of being stranded in the middle of the desert is scary. Adding radioactively mutated murderers and cliched horror movie scenarios is not scary. A family has their car and RV break down in the desert and they are attacked by freaks. What we learn is when the tobacco spitting creep at the broken down, dirty gas station tells you to take the back road, you shouldn't. Don't follows dogs into the desert, don't waste the only bullets you have, and don't watch this movie. The makeup looks good, the characters don't last long enough to care about, and I laughed when I was supposed to be scared. This movie is just dumb.
Film miserabile...che non ha nulla da invidiare al classico di craven che diciamo era gia miserabile di suo
Mutated savages in the desert are never to be taken lightly but they are always a good starting point for your run of the mill horror movie. However I am so tired of completely inept people in horror movies.
Wow! What a terrible movie. There is so much trash I want too talk about this film (cluster-fucked in my head) I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say if you want horror/depravity, while on vacation with characters you give a shit about, go watch "The Deer Hunter."
TOO FAR: Need something closer to home. No problem, you can go visit my cousins in Louisiana. They can serve you up some bassackwerd "Southern Comfort" hospitality.
Never have I seen a better horror film about cannibals. Halfway through it turns into an action movie but it's still entertaining.
Less of an abstraction than the mad dog orginal, for better or worse. I continue to like both.
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