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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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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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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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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 dead dog used as a stand-in for the family's slaughtered Alsatian 'Beauty', widely believed to be a dummy dog, was in fact a real (already dead) dog that director Wes Craven and producer Peter Locke had bought from the county sheriff's department.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:
Brenda Carter:We're gonna be french fries! Human french fries!See more »

FAQ

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Why is Ruby different from the other Hill people?
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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Wes Craven's finest movie., 6 October 2003
Author: Snake-666 from England

The Carter family are travelling through the desert on their way to California. Head of the family Bob (Russ Grieve), a retired police officer, decides to visit an inherited silver-mine on the way, and ignoring the advice of Fred (John Steadman), a local filling station owner, drives off the main road towards the hills. An accident leaves the family stranded and easy pickings for a family of cannibals lead by Jupiter (James Whitworth). Following a savage attack by this family, which leaves a number of the Carter's dead, the survivors realise that to continue surviving they too will have to become savages.

Wes Craven followed his controversial debut ‘The Last House on the Left' (1972) with this far greater arranged and compelling tale of family warfare. ‘The Hills Have Eyes' is a movie with a raw brutality that has been unsurpassed in any of Craven's films to date, and is possibly the finest horror movie to be directed by Wes Craven. Despite not being as graphic as one would expect the movie never ceases to unnerve or alarm. The atmosphere, which bears a slight resemblance to ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (1974), maintains an unsettling air from beginning to end as the viewer is sucked into the nightmare that the Carter family is forced to endure. The desolation and hopelessness is portrayed beautifully by Craven, who utilises intelligent camerawork and a haunting soundtrack to fully create the feelings of terror. For everything that the screenplay lacks, Craven's direction more than makes up for and one wonders why Craven is no longer able to make such raw, gripping and emotional movies such as this. During the movie it becomes easy to identify with some of the characters and then feel fulfilled when they exact their retribution.

The acting, while not up to the standard of Craven's more recent offerings such as ‘Scream' (1996), is of a fairly high standard for a low budget 70's horror flick and certainly helps in aiding ‘The Hills Have Eyes' to accomplish a brutal, psychological edge. James Whitworth offers a fantastic performance as the despicable Jupiter and should probably be thought of higher as a horror film villain. His performance demands respect for its power and authority and is accompanied well by Michael Berryman and Lance Gordon. Producer Peter Locke even had a small role as Mercury, the watchdog for this contemptible family of savages. Interestingly the cannibal family come across as deranged hippies, which explains their planetary names. Virginia Vincent was the only performer that I really could not tolerate, but that could be because of the poor scripting for her religious-nut character Ethel. A very special mention has to go to Stryker the Alsatian, who `played' the part of Beast.

I highly recommend this for horror fans. Those people who think that the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street' series is the be all and end all of horror should certainly check this out. ‘The Hills Have Eyes' is, in my opinon, Wes Craven's most thought out and gripping horror film to date which features some good performances, excellent camerawork, enthralling sequences and some first-rate special effects. ‘The Hills Have Eyes' is an excellent example of classic Wes Craven and is one of his most creative movies. My rating for ‘The Hills Have Eyes' – 8/10.

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