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The Hills Have Eyes -- The Carters are an all-American family on their way to California when their car breaks down far from civilization in the remote southwestern desert.
The Hills Have Eyes -- 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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Director:
Writer:
Wes Craven (written by)
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Release Date:
22 July 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Wes Craven's classic original! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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They don't make 'em like this anymore! See more (197 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Wes Craven 
 
Writing credits
Wes Craven (written by)

Produced by
Peter Locke .... producer
 
Original Music by
Don Peake 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Saarinen (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Wes Craven 
 
Casting by
Gus Schirmer 
 
Art Direction by
Robert A. Burns  (as Robert Burns)
 
Costume Design by
Joanne Jaffe 
 
Makeup Department
Dave Ayres .... special makeup
RaMona Fleetwood .... hair stylist
Karen Grant .... makeup artist: second unit
Ken Horn .... special makeup
Donald Mulderick .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Walter R. Cichy .... production manager (as Walter Cichy)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Valley Hoffman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mary Church .... props
 
Sound Department
Jill Debin .... sound effects
David Lee Fein .... sound effects
Craig Felburg .... sound mixer: second unit
D.G. Fisher .... assistant sound
Peter Hitchcock .... sound effects
David Marsh .... sound effects
Jan Schulte .... sound mixer
Hal Watkins .... re-recording engineer
 
Special Effects by
Greg Auer .... special effects
John Frazier .... special effects
 
Stunts
Alton James .... stunts
Ron Stein .... stunt coordinator
Ron Stein .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carolyn Ames .... best person: second unit
Dennis Bishop .... gaffer
Larry Boyd .... grip
Robert Eber .... assistant camera: second unit (as Bob Eber)
Ray Fischer .... still photographer
William Moore .... grip (as Bill Moore)
Leslie Otis .... assistant camera
Lynn Rogers .... key grip
Richard Scheid .... grip
Tim Wawrzeniak .... assistant camera: second unit
Ken Wheeland .... best boy
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Cain .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Robert Alsheimer .... assistant editor
J. Larry Carroll .... set editor
 
Music Department
Don Peake .... conductor
 
Other crew
Florence M. Amico .... production assistant
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Rick Braverman .... script supervisor: second unit
Jim Dannaldson .... snakes
Moe Di Sesso .... dogs
Rhonda Hopkins .... production assistant
Peter Locke .... presenter
Tom Morrocco .... dogs
Tom Pickette .... location coordinator
Tom Pickette .... location scout
Rose Marie Yurinko .... assistant to producer
 

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Also Known As:
"The Family That Woke Up Screaming" - USA (alternative title)
"Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes" - USA (LD title)
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Runtime:
89 min | UK:86 min (cut version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1996) | Finland:(Banned) (1986) | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (cut) (1987) | USA:R | USA:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated (unrated DVD version) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
Dee Wallace said little acting was required in the scene where Lynne encounters the tarantula. Wallace said her fear of the spider was very much authentic.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: One brief nighttime shot of "Bobby" has been flipped: a cut on the right side of his face can be seen on the left hand side.See more »
Quotes:
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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40 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
They don't make 'em like this anymore!, 14 September 1999
Author: Robin Warder (r&pwarder@gbd.com) from Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Wes Craven is a director who did a lot to revive interest in the horror genre, but he also did a lot to ensure that we were unlikely to get our horror the way we used to. While I personally have nothing against his mega-successful "Scream" franchise and have enjoyed both films immensely, I feel sad knowing that Craven will never be able to recapture the awesome low-budget effectiveness of his earlier works. He has developed his directorial skills a LOT since then, but any horror fan will tell you that slicker does not necessarily mean scarier. Now that Craven has successfully broken free from the genre that has provided him with a living for over a quarter century (and has moved on to directing inspirational films with Meryl Steep!), we will never see another film like his "The Hills Have Eyes", which is raw, intense horror at its best. The film doesn't quite have the same impact as Craven's earlier "Last House on the Left", but it is a more skilful piece of work, and is still one of the most frightening genre flicks ever made.

Like all great horror films, the plot requires very little description. The upper-class, white-bread Carter family are on a road trip to California and decide to take a detour through the desert to check out a silver mine that the parents received as a silver wedding anniversary gift. They ignore the warnings of a crazy old man they encounter at a gas station who warns them to stay on the main road, and end up wishing they'd listened to him after their trailer becomes trapped in the middle of nowhere with a broken axle on the car. It soon becomes apparent that they've stumbled into an area that is populated by a family whom the Carters would never have to worry about encountering back home in Cleveland. The members of this family are named after planets in the solar system (Jupiter, Mars, Pluto etc.) and are able to survive life in the desert by praying on unsuspecting travellers like the Carters. After a night of unbearable hell, the Carter family has lost some of their members and most of their supplies and decide to take revenge once daylight hits. They end up acting more violent and psychotic than the villains.

Not even David Lean has used the desert to better effect. Craven's direction here is top-notch, and does a terrific job at conveying the isolation of his location and the helplessness of the whole situation. He takes his sweet time building up the mutant family's attack on the Carters, so that the tension almost becomes unbearable. By the last act, the film is less concerned about the heroes finding their way out of the desert, but about whether or not they are going to end up stooping to the level of their enemies. Of course, these themes of vengeance and family were covered by Craven before in "Last House on the Left", but this time around, he ensures that they will reach a wider audience by presenting them within the confines of a more straightforward genre film. The main factor that prevents this film from being superior to "Last House" are the villains, who are somewhat cartoonish and not quite as memorable as Krug & Company. However, they still do provide plenty of menace, and like the "Last House" gang, exude a certain likability when they're not acting vicious, especially Michael Berryman, who steals every scene he's in as the dim-witted Pluto. All in all, "The Hills Have Eyes" is an unforgettable experience and one of the best films of its kind. Even though videotape copies of "Hills" have been in the darkest depths of moratorium hell for years, every horror fan should go out of their way to check it out. Especially since we just don't get them like this any more...

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