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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
Score distribution:
  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. Aug 23, 2012
    This film is, at times, absolutely brutal and entirely un-enjoyable. But at other times it is dripping with an atmosphere of pure dread, fear, and creepiness that will make you shiver. The suspense and intensity of the scares is as high as possible; prepare yourself for repulsion and a cranked up heartbeat. I've never really gasped to a movie; I'm a guy, and a hardcore horror fan, but I couldn't help it at times.

    Despite the buckets of disgust and horror, though, the great cinematography, combined with that, make this a horror film to be remembered. Brutal, gross, creepy, and intense, it's almost not a movie, but an experience. True Horrror.
  2. 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
  3. Jul 9, 2012
    Horror Director, Alexandre Aja, directs a fairly decent horror film, which is rare for films that genre today. I remember seeing this film when I was 13 and really liking it a lot, so watching it again and seeing how I felt was fun. Aja directing is really fast paced that keeps you wanting to watch the entire film. This is great for the audiences that watch films for entertainment. Aja likes to use gore a lot in his films, so you know going into The Hills Have Eyes that there will be a lot of gore. The violence in this film is realistic and enjoyable if you Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2013
    It'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
    The 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
    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 to watch the second, and then was told it was not relevant to the first one. Disappointed Expand
  7. May 28, 2012
    Let me put it this way...they should take a grand tally of all who enjoyed this movie, tell them they won a trip to an isolated tropical island deep in the south pacific, fly them all there and then us normal people can test nuclear weapons on. How do you sit at the round table doing a read through or brain storm and say, "yeah so in this scene where Mutant A is holding a gun to the babies head while he sucks milk out of the mothers boob all while his other mutant buddy rapes the same mothers 14 year old daughter should be **** awesome and then we'll burn the father/husband alive" and think that that's ok? A: How do you even think of that to write it, and B: how do you ever think that will make a good movie? I followed God and walked out of this movie, and the whole world should follow. The fact they had the audacity or delusion to make a sequel is beyond baffling. Expand

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