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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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Release Date:
22 July 1977 (USA) See more »
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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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Creepy family meets creepy family! 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
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:
"The Family That Woke Up Screaming" - USA (alternative title)
"Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes" - USA (LD title)
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89 min | UK:86 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

Janus Blythe, who plays Ruby in the film, was originally auditioned for the role of Lynne Wood. Blythe however wanted the role of Ruby instead.See more »
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 »
Big Bob Carter:Do you always try to stop trespassers by hanging yourself?See more »
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Creepy family meets creepy family!, 2 August 2004
Author: shepardjessica from sparks, nevada

Wes Craven's second film is well-crafted and frightening to say the least. LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT was more realistic (almost too much), but this perfect drive-in movie leaves you wanting more. It must have been an unbearable shoot. Check out the 2-disc DVD.

A definite 7 out of 10 with Michael Berryman giving the best performance. Perfect locale in these California mountains that is scarier than the Bates Motel. Great cast with all unknowns. Dee Wallace was quite touching as the young mother and the old Grandpa Fred in the beginning was authentic to the max! Even if you're not a big horror fan, you should check this out late at night. Wes Craven has a good eye and feel for blood relations!

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