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 may contain 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?
Fox Searchlight Pictures presents the most gut-wrenching Hollywood motion picture ever made. Not nearly as shocking as when I first saw it, however it's still absolutely sickening and pretty frightening at points. This film proves that good can come from remakes, especially those belonging to the horror genre.
one of the few good remakes
When a dog is more likable than any of the actors, you may have to reexamine character development in your movie.
My wife recently planned a night out with her girlfriends, so I had the T.V. to myself and the chance to watch some movies she wouldn't want to see. I had a hankering for some good old fashioned vintage porn and a good scary movie, so I rented this, "Debbie Does Dallas" and "Taboo." Of the three films I rented, "The Hills Have Eyes" was by far the most pornographic, and the last of the bunch I'd want my child (if I had one) to see.
It astounds me that the MPAA will give a movie like "9 Songs" (which does happen to be a lousy movie) an NC-17 rating, virtually guaranteeing that no mainstream movie theatre will carry it,…
I saw this movie on my first date with the girl I lost my virginity to.
The idea is really good, but the writing and the directing has taken the idea's potential. The movie starts off as very interesting, and the even more interesting idea starts building up. However, I feel like the writing has crossed the line after the first plot point of the movie. The movie just started to become predictable.
The directing wasn't that great either. I am going to watch the second movie some time in the future, and we'll see if there are any improvements. I don't know why there is a second one of this movie though.
Overall, it was pretty enjoyable, but don't expect a complex thought-provoking horror. It's more action and disgusting than horror.
A pointless and stupid remake that removes everything that was interesting and thought-provoking about the original.
One of the best horror remakes ever. I hate to say it but this flicks almost puts the original to shame. If only it had Michael Berryman.
Entertaining but vacuously posturing remake of the Wes Craven classic. The kind of film that bludgeons with a hammer when a slice of the scalpel would have been more effective.
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