The Hills Have Eyes

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Faster paced for today's audiences, this Hills remake ratchets up the gore for the hardcore horror fans, but will turn away casual audiences.

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"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 testing zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carters soon realize the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family. And, they are the prey.

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Critic Reviews for The Hills Have Eyes

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (68)

  • It's just nasty.

    March 20, 2006
  • ... Aja and his gorehound ilk are making movies that simply wallow in state-of-the-art displays of torture, sadism and sexual humiliation.

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • ... a brilliantly reimagined version of Wes Craven's 1977 micro-budget horror classic ...

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • ... a blast.

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • These Hills are more to be endured than enjoyed.

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • When its makers, director Alexandre Aja and his co-writer Gregory Levasseur, apply the fresh gloss to the old grit, they remember to apply the thinnest layer possible without skimping on the roughhouse humor.

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

    Gene Seymour

    Newsday
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Audience Reviews for The Hills Have Eyes

  • Aug 09, 2016
    Just shows how much farther horror films have come recently. This film was considered decent at the time of its release, and though it has an interesting setup, it's badly flawed.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2015
    It started off like it was going to surprise us but a few poor jumps later it turns into a gory action film that was just weird and never offers anything new or memorable.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2015
    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.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2013
    Ugly, brutal, unforgiving and unpredictable, this remake doesn't offer much novelty to Craven's subversive 70's horror flick, other than some fantastic effects, brutal violence and incredible desperate setting. It carries a very grindhouse feel through and through that is lacking on some recent horror movies, not afraid to take things to the next level and torture the audience while at it. It's a shame that the mutant clan doesn't have much exposition. Some of the dynamics presented are well-realised but they're never explored in depth. If they would, the final showdown between the two families would have a whole different impact.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer

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