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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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Writer:
Wes Craven (written by)
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Release Date:
22 July 1977 (USA) See more »
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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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The Eyes Have It! See more (197 total) »

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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
 
Location Management
Tom Pickette .... location coordinator
Tom Pickette .... location scout
 
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
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:R18+ | Australia:RC (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1996) | Finland:(Banned) (1986) | France:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (2003) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) (1987) | USA:R | USA:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated (unrated DVD version) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
Michael Berryman's condition (Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia) means he has a lack of sweat glands, among other things. Despite this, he worked on the movie for five months in 100+ degrees heat out in the desert.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After Mars pulls Pluto off of Brenda and throws him onto the trailer floor, Pluto's lips don't move when he says, "You son of a bitch!"See more »
Quotes:
Brenda Carter:We're gonna be french fries! Human french fries!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

FAQ

Why couldn't they get a signal on their CB?
What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The Eyes Have It!, 1 May 2000

Wes Craven first directed a film back in 1972 called Last House on the Left. If you haven't seen it...do so...for it is quite an experience. It blends dementia, depravity, cruelty, and blood and guts with values and basic moral and philosophical questions(at a very base level). He next directed The Hills Have Eyes, which many feel might be his best work. It is a horror classic to be sure for a number of reasons. It has the struggle of an innocent typical American family with a gang of cannibalistic subhumans that live in the desert. This struggle is intense, and blurs the boundary between normal and abberant behaviour(just as Craven did in LHOTL). The basic story is one of survival, not just survival of life but a way of life. The cast does a fine job...some of the psychos are quite convincing, as are the "normal" characters rather good in their roles. The story builds rather slowly but crescendos after the first death and we are given one climactic event after another. The real stars of the film, however, are the dogs...which are integral to the plot, and the desert itself, which establishes a mood and atmosphere of bleekness, desolation, and futility. Craven did a fine job with his second feature, and I would have no problem saying it was one of his better films. I would even concede that technically it is vastly superior to Last House on the Left, however, for me at least, not as horrific or chilling. Just as with Last House, much of the subject matter of the film is decidedly outrageous, with an infant possibly being served up for Thanksgiving Dinner its high point(or low point if you prefer). Unlike Last House, Hills is not nearly as graphic in its action, leaving a bit more to the imagination.

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