The ultra-violent, torture-porn, extreme horror craze of the early 2000s is pretty well played out by now, but that's because the films got so bad (did you watch "Turistas"?). However, rewatching Alexandre Aja's remake of "The Hills Have Eyes" reminded me of why this type of horror film was so popular for a time. This film is wildly violent and purposely wants to make the audience squirm, but the film is not simply being gratuitous (which is what the worst of this genre did), but it has a smart script, it's incredibly suspenseful, and is has a subtlety dark sense of humor. The film also features some delightfully creepy special effect make-up from Greg Nicotero that are prefectly in tune with the tone of the film. This was also the film that I first discovered composers tomandandy, who have done some very fine electronic scores for different genre films (as far back as the 90s) and who really do deserve to be working on higher profile films. This is not a film for all tastes, but if you're a fan of extreme horror, this one is a must see!