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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!
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.
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?
Fits quite comfortably into the category of horror movies that seem promising at first (“Hey, look! A creepy gas station! Now their car broke down in the desert! This ought to be great!”), do a decent job of building up some initial suspense, and then fail wildly and spectacularly at delivering on it. I don’t actually know what’s worse: the part where the monsters attack, or the ridiculously over-the-top revenge fantasy that happens afterward that (I am not making this up) involves an American flag unironically being used as a weapon at one point. This film goes from “so-so” to “hilariously bad” in a hurry.
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I haven't seen the original The Hills Have Eyes, but being a Wes Craven film I think it will be excellent. I did not watch the original however, I watched the remake of it.
The remake is not like any other 2000's classic horror film reboots, it lacks a terrible script, mediocre nu-metal soundtrack and unintentionally hilarious deaths. The Hills Have Eyes included none of this: the deaths were glorious, the film was terror-filled and the actors could act.
The Hills Have Eyes is a terrific remake of the much loved horror classic.
The There Will Be Blood of schlocky, sadistic slasher films.
uma boa refilmagem do clássico de 1977 de Wes Craven - Quadrilha de Sádicos.
One of the Better 'remakes' out there
Modernised and improved for a new generation!
'The Lucky Ones Died First'
Preso a se Le colline hanno gli occhi fa il suo: la violenza e il sangue abbondano. Ma la forza con cui colpiva il prototipo qui non esiste.
"Hey guys? I know we just survived a horde of mutated cannibals but aren't we still stranded in the desert with no way to contact help and with almost no supplies or shelter since we blew up the camper to literally kill one guy?"
Not a big fan of this kind of movies...
Back in 2006, movies still had some balls. This remake rocks!
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