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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.
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Heavy On Atmosphere, Heavier On Brutality. See more (194 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:
"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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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1996) | Finland:(Banned) (1986) | France:-16 | Germany:18 (uncut) (2008) | 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)

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Trivia:
The rattlesnake used in the film actually escaped while preparing to shoot a scene in a narrow mountain crevasse. The entire crew fled at once from the narrow passage frightened. Minutes later the snake wrangler went in and recaptured the snake.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Grandpa Fred rubs his fingers across a supposedly-fresh bloody hand print but it doesn't smear.See more »
Quotes:
Big Bob Carter:Do you always try to stop trespassers by hanging yourself?See more »
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50 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Heavy On Atmosphere, Heavier On Brutality., 28 December 2004
Author: violetmoreviolent from Portland, Oregon, USA

"The Hills Have Eyes" is personally one of my favorite horror films of the '70s era, I'd say this one is just below Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". I love the whole atmosphere the film gives off, and how brutal the film is. "The Hills Have Eyes" follows a normal American family on a camping trip who accidentally crash their station wagon and trailer in the middle of the California desert. The gang consists of Bob and Ethel, and their teenage children Bobby and Brenda, and their adult daughter Lynne and her husband and infant. Their father goes out for help, while the rest of them wait at the trailer, but they are unknowingly being watched by a family of cannibalistic mountain people that are hungry for flesh. As night falls, the clan of mountain-dwelling cannibals close in on the family, attacking their little safe-haven Airstream trailer, and begin to brutally slaughter each of them as they fight to save their lives.

One of the more memorable exploitation films from the 1970s, this gruesome little chiller is a nice addition to the list. Wes Craven, writer and director of this movie, does a great job at setting a mood, atmosphere, and having plenty of scary moments throughout. The desert in the film is eerie itself, it's such an empty and genuinely creepy landscape for a horror film to be set in. Along with this is the brutality factor - this is a harrowing little movie. The violence is shocking and strangely realistic, and it makes it more unsettling than it could have been. I can see why Mr. Craven has gone on to direct so many other successful horror films, such as "Scream" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street", because he's good at what he does.

The acting here isn't bad, we have Dee Wallace Stone ("E.T.", "Cujo"), but most of the other actors are unknowns, who give decent performances. Some of the acting was admittedly over the top and a little laughable at times, but what could you expect from a low-budget '70s horror flick? This film comes to a close in a rather odd way, fading out into a red screen. The ending was surely abrupt and I'm sure there were other, better ways to conclude the story. But, again, the rough abruptness is another addition to the movie's raw atmosphere and visceral quality. This isn't a pleasant movie, and I think anyone who has seen it can agree on that.

Bottom line - "The Hills Have Eyes" is one of the best horror/exploitation films to come from the '70s era. Not the best, but it is definitely close to it. It's brutal, raw, unsettling, and it made me uncomfortable. Any movie that has the power to do that must really have something going for it. Definitely worth a watch, it's a classic midnight-movie. One of my many personal favorites. If you like this, I'd also recommend Craven's debut picture, "Last House On The Left", which is also a visceral exploitation B-movie classic. 9/10.

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