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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 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!
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.
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…
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?
One remake that doesn't suck.
Besides some cliché jump scares, stupid character decisions, characters that I didn't really care about, and some lackluster performances, "The Hills Have Eyes" achieved it's goal, which is disturbing people with gory images, and amazing and realistic make-up effects. The cinematography is great, the shot composition is flawless, and there were some pretty creepy moments.
Oh good. This IS still a million times better than that cheesy-ass original, which is kinda fun but TOTALLY not scary. I love watching the main dude in this go from total wimp-baby to axe-wielding badass. Hell, I love any time a horror movie turns into a revenge flick in the last act (see also: Hostel). This is why I'll always give remakes a shot until I've actually seen them. No use in writing off something with the potential to be good, if not spectacular.
The. Last. Straw.
This was when I stopped watching horror movies...
Lizard is not Howard.
One of the best horror remakes to come out in this most recent trend. Rather than ignoring its source material, or taking the other extreme of drearily rehashing it scene for scene, Aja and Levasseur's The Hills Have Eyes simply expands and improves upon the original.
A remake that overwhelms the original! Love it!
In terms of theme, this is muddled at best, and at worst downright contemptuous. Obvious, broad lip service to the effects of western colonialism are sprinkled throughout the tale of a pussy liberal who finds out that the only course of action is to BE A REAL MAN and TAKE BACK WHAT'S YOURS when The Other threatens your all-white, picture-perfect, stock-photo-ready family. There's even a noble savage thrown in for good measure.
So why am I giving this three stars? Because were it not for this subtext (hell, it's basically text), this would be a 4 or up. Unburdened by the over-his-head arthouse ambitions that dragged down "Haute Tension," Aja is given material that plays to his strengths as a natural purveyor of viscera (of both definitions), his shock tactics venturing beyond the run-of-the-mill blood and guts into imagery and sequences that genuinely unnerve. Shame about the weak, tonally-incongruent climax, though.
It seems faithful to the original, but I don't remember much of the Wes Craven's Hill Have Eyes. I'm not sure, but I don't recall having the village part in the original, but it was very good addiction to the movie.
The excellent makeup is by the expert Greg Nicotero.
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