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The Hills Have Eyes
The lucky ones die first.
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…
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?
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…
It's a cracker of a remake.
I used to think this was a fairly decent horror remake. Upon rewatching it, The Hills Have Eyes achingly feels more 'trying to be horrifying' than actually being horrifying. Unlike many other 2000s-remakes, however, it at least carries over some of the interesting subtext regarding the clashing of cultures which were posited in its '70s counterpart.
A brutal fun ride that uses every cheap trick to it's fullest potential, a remake that continues to stand on it's own ten years later.
I can't see any good reason to remake a bad movie changing the nature of the depraved villains but keeping all of those lame faults found in the original movie - especially characters who are irritatingly stupid and the only smart one being the dog.
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I don't care what people think, I like this more than the original. It's really not that different, but given the choice, I'd pick this one nearly every time.
This right here is how a remake should be and I love it!
I appreciate the effort but this tried too hard lol
I'm not a big fan of the original. It just has that dirty 70's look which I really liked, apart from that the remake is a better movie in every department. The gore, the soundtrack, the tension and the mutants. I highly recommend to watch the 2006 version before the original from 1977.
Honestly it wasn't that bad. The acting was very uneven but the film at least had the sensibility to be super gory. Could be worse for a remake.
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