The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
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Horror auteur Wes Craven followed his threadbare but horrifically compelling cult classic Last House on the Left with this wonderfully demented morality fable about a bloody war of attrition between two extremely different families. The story opens on the journey of the Carters, a mildly dysfunctional extended family led by patriarch "Big Bob" Carter (Russ Grieve), as they travel across the California desert in search of an inherited silver mine. When a broken axle leaves them stranded in the
Jul 22, 1977 Wide
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One of the prime examples of the what was so fascinating about American horror films in the 1970s.
As disgusting as the movie is, the ride is never dull, but there's no need to take on the film to begin with unless there's something a little off inside your head.
Craven paints an interesting and uniquely bloody study of how 'normal' people will descend to the lowest depths in order to save themselves, but you'll have to suffer through a lot of tedium to get there.
Even a dog has his day, and among the few tolerable features helmed by Craven is this early cult item.
As a mirror to the low-fi, sci-fi hero journey of Star Wars, however, The Hills Have Eyes is the far less damaging to its respective genre.
Craven's latent sick streak gets a major workout here, and the rudest shocks seem to center around the "good" family's parental figures.
Inventive story ideas and humorous touches give this horror picture an enduring relevancy and stylistic flourish.
Intensely creepy, but too unpleasant to really like
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