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  • Summary: A new take on Wes Craven's 1977 film of the same name, 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 Carters soon realize the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirst mutant family -- and they are the prey. (Fox Searchlight) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Heidi Martinuzzi
    When Aja really starts in on the brutal slayings, he spares no one any comfort at all.
  2. Almost 30 years later, it's just as primal.
  3. If studios insist on remaking classic horror films, this is definitely the way to do it.
  4. There are scenes that may make your stomach feel uncomfortable for a moment but rarely stories that will upset your equilibrium.
  5. 50
    What good is a wallow in sicko sadism if you take all the fun out of it?
  6. 42
    Thanks to assured direction and a fine cast, Hills isn't terrible, only terribly unnecessary.
  7. Aja's stomach-churning remake (produced by Craven) follows the original with frightening fidelity, amping up the barbarity from a nine (on the 1-10 scale) to a 12.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 74
  2. Negative: 24 out of 74
  1. CoryC.
    Sep 5, 2007
    I wish I could give this a higher vote than 10. My favorite movie ever. Rape scene not needed? What the hell? The Carter family didn't need to be attacked by the mutants, but they were. That's what Lizard wanted to do, and though emotional, it was awesomely done. You really feel like you know the characters before they kill them. It wasn't TRYING to do anything, I don't think. It wasn't shying away from the horror of what it would really be like to be attacked unawares by such vicious creatures. This was the most intelligently, well done movie I know of, and I loved it with a passion! Aja, I wish you would direct THe Hills Have Eyes 3 and continue the plot with Bobby, Doug, Brenda, Katheryne, and Beast. Expand
  2. StevenR.
    Mar 24, 2007
    This film was really good. The atmosphiere and visual style were effective. The story benefits from its reworking from the original as viewers cannot be certain what to expect. Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2011
    Does a good job at making you feel sorry for the victims and glad that the bad guys gets it in the end. Overall a pretty thrilling piece of work but it's for people with a very strong stomach. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2012
    'The Hills Have Eyes' begins with a fresh, strong and horrifying start, but as the film hits the last third it feels like everything you've seen before and with a bit of cheesiness in there. As mentioned the start is strong acting and truly horrifying for a horror film, but blood and needless gore replace where there could have been more dramatic humanity and thrills. Worth a watch for its start, but a bit disappointing towards the end. Expand
  5. JayD.
    May 15, 2006
    It is very simple why this movie is a 5. The first half of this movie *mos def* delivers! However, the second half of this movie is "Rambo on crack" and is quite retarded. Expand
  6. Bethany
    May 9, 2006
    This has got to be one of if not the most disturbing film i have ever seen. There was nothing interesting in the entire film, scenes of rape, and suicide make you want to throw up rather than entertain you. I would have to say that the trailer really fooled many people including myself. And furthermore, if you honestly liked this film and gave this film a good rating, there is something TERRIBLY wrong with you. Expand
  7. KazT.
    Mar 15, 2006
    Billed as a scary movie, a remake of a 70's horror classic, the makers miss almost as much as the MPAA for giving it an R rating. Rape, murder, and torture are not scary, and this movie has plenty of those and no scare at all--the lucky ones really die first. Twenty-something males leaving movies to keep from vomiting is a sure sign that something is disturbingly wrong. I had high hopes going for the first 30-minutes until the "filter" that keeps people from bringing only their darkest and most sickening nightmares to life stopped working. "Beyond gruesome" one critic rightly remarks. While I got a refund, I can only hope that I forget the most disturbing images I've seen out of the hundreds of movies I've seen in the theaters over the years. Expand

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