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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 »
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:
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User Reviews:
If Wes Craven had retired after the double punch of 'The Last House On The Left' and 'The Hills Have Eyes' he would be a horror legend. Unfortunately he didn't. See more (193 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
 
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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Additional Details

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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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 | 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:
For the scene where the feral family is eating Bob, the actors were actually eating a leg of lamb roast.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 »

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32 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
If Wes Craven had retired after the double punch of 'The Last House On The Left' and 'The Hills Have Eyes' he would be a horror legend. Unfortunately he didn't., 6 July 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Wes Craven's 'The Last House On The Left' is a horror milestone. It's a very crude and uneven movie, but still for me a very powerful one. It contains some scenes that are still extremely intense and disturbing, and that have rarely if ever been surpassed in subsequent horror movies. I don't known if Craven is embarrassed by it or what, but he seems to have distanced himself from it in his subsequent career. He went on to make several movies that were much more commercially successful, but were a lot tamer and much more viewer friendly. 'The Hills Have Eyes' is almost a transitional movie, the beginning of the slow journey from "old" Craven to "new" Craven. Compared to 'Last House...' it's a walk in the park, but alongside say the 'Scream' trilogy it looks the Manson family's home movies! Craven was still working with a very low budget compared to the mainstream, but for him it was a big step forward from 'Last House...' the results are not as shocking and confronting but it's a lot more consistent and technically more efficient, so I can understand why some horror buffs regard this as his best movie. Personally I find it difficult to choose between the two. The story concerns a family on a road trip looking for a silver mine they have acquired. There's Dad (Russ Grieve) a retired cop, Mom (Virginia Vincent), and three kids - Brenda (Susan Lanier), Bobby (Robert Houston) and Lynne (Dee Wallace). Also along for the ride is Lynne's husband Doug (Martin Speer) and their baby. Despite warnings from a local old coot (John Steadman) they stray from the main road and soon find themselves stranded in the desert. Little do they know that Jupiter (James Whitworth) and his cannibalistic clan, which includes sons Mars (Lance Gordon) and Pluto (Michael Berryman) have sniffed them out and are miiiighty hungry! Craven manages to create a lot of tension in this movie, the "normal" family are realistic and convincing, especially when things begin to fall apart, and Jupiter, Mars and Pluto are three fantastic baddies. Michael Berryman really capitalizes on his naturally odd looks (the results of multiple birth defects), and steals every scene he's in. Of all the cast Dee Wallace went on to the highest profile career ('The Howling', 'Critters', 'E.T.' etc.), but this movie made Berryman into a horror icon. James Whitworth is also terrific, and Lance Gordon gets THE line of the movie ("Baby's fat. You're fat... fat and juicy."), but Berryman outshines them both in the same way that Krug (David Hess) dominates his gang in 'Last House...' I like this movie a lot. I don't think it's as impressive as 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' or 'Dawn Of The Dead', but it still deserves a place among the best of 1970s American horror, and should be watched by anyone with an interest in the genre. If Craven had retired after the double punch of 'The Last House On The Left' and 'The Hills Have Eyes' he would be a horror legend. Unfortunately he didn't, and went on to be involved in some very lame movies (especially the sequel to this which should be AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS!) This decision has obviously proved to be very financially rewarding for him, but it is one that will forever divide horror movie fans.

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