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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 reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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?
The remake of The Hills Have Eyes is really just the original movie plus MORE; more blood, more backstory, more creeps, more music, more makeup effects, more sexual assault. Director Alexandre Aja has a knack for some well-done scenes, but in this case "more" definitely doesn't mean "better."
THE MUSIC ugh so good
This is such an underrated gem. Whenever someone wants me to recommend them a genuinely scary and unnerving horror film, I tell them to watch this and its never failed to impress. Firstly, this is a must own bluray... The cinematography and score are brilliant. Its a dark, gritty, and dirty film but it fits the sinister desert setting so well. Another thing that makes this special is the characters/performances... I've seen some shitty horror movies in my day, but this one plesently surprised me with the main family.. I actually sympathized with these people and I could feel their fear and paranoia during some of the horrifying stuff. And when I say horrifying, I mean straight up HORRIFYING. There…
Day 27 of 31 Days of Halloween
I wish I could have seen the original before this remake. I mean it's not bad or anything it's just a drag. There wasn't enough umpf for me to enjoy it. Oh well.
A remake that surpasses the original and a damn fine horror movie in its own right.
Still fucked up.
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