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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 isA 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Heidi Martinuzzi
    80
    When Aja really starts in on the brutal slayings, he spares no one any comfort at all.
  2. Reviewed by: Erin Meister
    75
    Hills is a far cry from its cheesy and predictable predecessor. "Gruesome" doesn't begin to describe the horrors that are revealed on-screen here.
  3. Almost 30 years later, it's just as primal.
  4. As with all ensemble horror movies, your first challenge is to guess which of the Carter kin will survive to destroy the creatures killing them, and in what order the family members (and their pets) will fall.
  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: 48 out of 78
  2. Negative: 24 out of 78
  1. CoryC.
    Sep 5, 2007
    10
    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 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
    9
    This film was really good. The atmosphiere and visual style were effective. The story benefits from its reworking from the original as 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
    8
    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 ofDoes 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. Nov 14, 2013
    6
    It's nothing groundbreaking, never think of leaving your comfort zone, everything is shown here you've probably seen in another place, but whoIt's nothing groundbreaking, never think of leaving your comfort zone, everything is shown here you've probably seen in another place, but who cares? It's fun. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2012
    5
    The Hills Have Eyes is lacking only in delivery. It needs a twist, a catch, something to captivate the audience and leave them satisfied atThe Hills Have Eyes is lacking only in delivery. It needs a twist, a catch, something to captivate the audience and leave them satisfied at the end. Instead, it just ends. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    2
    I thought the movie was pretty decent, until the last minute where the director decides to screw you over and laugh in your face. Was going toI thought the movie was pretty decent, until the last minute where the director decides to screw you over and laugh in your face. Was going to watch the second, and then was told it was not relevant to the first one. Disappointed Expand
  7. KazT.
    Mar 15, 2006
    0
    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, 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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