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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Steadman ...
Peter Locke ...
Mercury (as Arthur King)
Russ Grieve ...
Brenda Carter (as Susan Lanier)
Brenda Marinoff ...
Martin Speer ...
James Whitworth ...
Lance Gordon ...
Cordy Clark ...
Flora ...


A family going to California accidentally goes through an Air Testing range closed to the public. They crash and are stranded in a desert. They are being stalked by a group of people, which have not emerged into modern times. Written by Paul Popiel <marekp@interlog.com>

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A nice American family. They didn't want to kill. But they didn't want to die. See more »


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22 July 1977 (USA)  »

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Blood Relations  »

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$230,000 (estimated)

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Robert Houston was actually the second choice for Bobby Carter and landed the role because the original actor left the production after reading the script. See more »


At the 1 hr 15 min point, Jupiter and Pluto are running down the wash. Just prior to Beast attacking Pluto, you can see a couple of equipment bags belonging to cast or crew sitting at the right side of the wash. See more »


Lynne Wood: What the hell was that?
Mama: Sounded like some sort of animal.
Lynne Wood: Yeah well, if animals around here are smart enough to run radios we're up shitcreek without a paddle.
Mama: You know you never used language like that before you moved to New York City.
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Creepy family meets creepy family!
2 August 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

Wes Craven's second film is well-crafted and frightening to say the least. LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT was more realistic (almost too much), but this perfect drive-in movie leaves you wanting more. It must have been an unbearable shoot. Check out the 2-disc DVD.

A definite 7 out of 10 with Michael Berryman giving the best performance. Perfect locale in these California mountains that is scarier than the Bates Motel. Great cast with all unknowns. Dee Wallace was quite touching as the young mother and the old Grandpa Fred in the beginning was authentic to the max! Even if you're not a big horror fan, you should check this out late at night. Wes Craven has a good eye and feel for blood relations!

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