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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Hills Have Eyes can be found here.
The Hills Have Eyes is from a screenplay written by American film-maker Wes Craven, who also directed the movie. A sequel, The Hills Have Eyes Part II, was released in 1985. A remake of the series, The Hills Have Eyes and The Hills Have Eyes II, was released in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Ethel Carter (Virginia Vincent) explains to old Fred (John Steadman) that they're looking for a silver mine that was gifted to her and Big Bob (Russ Grieve) by their Aunt Mildred on their fiftieth (silver) anniversary.
Doug (Martin Speer) explains that the hills are full of iron and that the iron is preventing a regular signal from passing.
Old Fred explains how he abandoned his "devil son" in the desert, thinking that he wouldn't survive in the heat. However, his son did survive and found a hooker with whom to mate. The most likely explanation is that Jupiter (James Whitworth), the head of the Hill clan, is that "devil son" and that the hooker is the member known as Mama (Cordy Clark). Although there is no evidence to confirm it, most viewers assume that the other members of the Hill family—Mercury (Peter Locke), Mars (Lance Gordon), Pluto (Michael Berryman), and Ruby (Janus Blythe)—are either prodigy of Jupiter and Mama or children that have been stolen and raised as their own.
At the beginning of the movie, Ruby refers to Jupiter as her "pa." Because Ruby isn't disfigured or evil-minded like the others, however, many viewers conclude that she was a stolen child.
No. In the commentary on the DVD, it is mentioned that they originally were going to show that scene, but the cast threatened to leave if they killed the baby.
Brenda (Suze Lanier-Bramlett), Bobby (Robert Houston), Doug (Martin Speer), Baby Katy (Brenda Marinoff), and Beast the dog survive. Ethel, Big Bob, Doug's wife Lynne (Dee Wallace), and Beauty don't make it. Of the Hill clan, Beast kills Mercury and almost kills Pluto, Bobby and Brenda kill Jupiter, and Ruby and Doug kill Mars. Ruby survives, and Mama's fate is unknown.
Yes. The alternate ending ends with Ruby getting together with the surviving Carters and all of them celebrating their survival. It then cuts to the credits, complete with a profile of each main character and which actor played them.
The UK VHS release by Palace Video (and rated 18 by the British Board of Film Classification [BBFC]) had to be slightly cut. The theatrical version was censored by two scenes which are contained in the VHS version, though. The Anchor Bay DVD is fully uncut. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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