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Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon realizes the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family...and they are the prey.
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Oh boy. I remembered this being good but not quite this good.
When Alexandre Aja made the move from his homeland to the US after the success of SwitchBlade Romance (aka High Tension or Haute Tension) to start his Hollywood career with a remake, well I bet if Twitter was around it would've disapproved. But looking a little deeper, a remake of this story seemed pertinent. Of course I probably didn't realise this at the time. This is a film tapped into modern warfare and its ills.
The family that are unknowingly driving into brutal horrors kind of represent America or the West in general. Even among themselves there's conflict and differing views and unease. Well maybe just the two…
Probably one of the very few horror remakes that surpass the original.
Monsieur Aja is one sick bastard.
God damn, I love this remake. It blew me away when I first watched it back in 2006.
In my opinion this is the ONLY remake that is superior to the original. Wes Craven's 1977 version is ok but it's nothing terribly special. The only thing I love in the original, is that 1970's gritty, down and dirty feel.
Alexandre Aja was meant to be the next big thing in horror. He had a cult hit with 'Haute Tension', a film I'm luke warm about. 'Piranha 3D' which was fun but not amazing and 'Mirrors' which I thought was bloody awful. He also had a hand in the 'Maniac' remake, a film I'm not quite sure deserves all the praise it gets.
Despite all this, Alexandre Aja is still only 36! I'm sure he's got another great film or two left in him.
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…
When Only God Forgives premiered at Cannes 2013, director of the film Nicolas Winding Refn said during a press confrence that he had a fetish for violence. Much was made of his comments, and I myself thought they were a little weird at the time, yet funny; But after re-watching The Hills Have Eyes for the first time since my middle school days, I think I understand him...and relate to him on some level.
I don't consider myself violent in any sense of the word, yet violence in film has always fascinated me. When I first watched THHE I remember my jaw flat out dropping on multiple occasions. How could people ever act like that towards each other? It almost…
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?
There are a few great scenes, namely the infamous trailer scene getting a raw and frightening update, possibly improving on Wes Craven's original. Piranha showed that Alexandre Aja is a capable enough of a director to know that you've got to update a classic by putting an interesting enough twist, but without straying so far that you alienate the fans. It's not an easy line to walk without pissing people off or making shitty movie. He knows this and succeeds in making one of the better horror remakes that were cranked out in the aughts. Unfortunately, I didn't like where Aja took the story in The Hills Have Eyes.
Replacing the family component with a bunch of deformed mutants from…
This is how you do a remake, especially if it's a beat-by-beat remake like THE HILLS HAVE EYES. You keep the basic outline, characters, and story, you improve on the original's weaknesses, and you set your own style and tone.
I'm not a fan of Wes Craven's original film. It couldn't decide if it wanted to be goofy or disturbing, so it ended up being neither. The remake isn't a perfect film, but it's head and shoulders better from the get-go as it knows exactly what it wants to be and sticks with that throughout.
The mutants are disturbing, frightening, and uncanny. Scenes of tension are carried out expertly, although unfortunately the film squanders a few opportunities to capitalize on…
Day 17 of 31 Days of Halloween!
Film #7 of Hoop-tober 3.0
Scariness Level: The Hills Have Eyes (2006)/The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Watching this on dvd, compared to watching the original on its new blu ray seems to have made all the difference. Whilst this is probably the better film (just), the original is more impressive. Not necessarily because of its story - it's not difficult to come up with its story when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre exists, but the weird picture quality contributed to its quality - which is only really apparent having seen this version.
Not to say that this isn't good in its own right, if good is the right word even, but seeing this makes me appreciate the other one more. This…
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This is a remake that in my opinion surpasses the original by ramping up the visceral nature of the violence and by having a great cast. This film has a solid 10 minutes of WTF and for a studio film that is rare. What these characters go through is madness and hell all wrapped into one and I also liked that they made the villains mutated this time around, they are truly gross and awful characters that you want to see get theirs in the worst way. I also love that the dog gets to kick ass and take names. The final act if this film is just gory…
I remember the first time I watched this film. I was about 12 years old, and I was at a sleepover with a group of girls in my friend's attic. That's enough to make any film instantly scarier, so I've always had bad memories of this film.
On a rewatch, it's still a great remake of the original, mostly because it dares to go further in how creepy the premise is. The suspense is high throughout, and the violence is justifiable.
A change to the original Hoop-Tober schedule here at Casa De Alistair, as my original plan to watch 30 Days of Night for the '6 decades, 6 movies' portion of the challenge was instantly changed when my boyfriend said it was his turn to choose the movie we watched. Neither of us had seen Wes Craven's original The Hills Have Eyes, but I was assured that this remake was one of the most fucked up things my BF had ever seen, so decided to go with it.
If I was choosing each decade specific movie for the challenge based on the horror trends of the era, none would have summed up mid 2000's horror quite like this. It ticks both…
Probably the best horror remake of the 21st century. The entire movie is a masterclass in unrelenting foreboding. The violence is absolutely brutal and savage. One of the few horror movies that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time when I saw it theatrically.
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