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The photos of mutations that play during the opening credits are not of atomic mutation, but birth defects caused by the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
The gas station set was built on location in Morocco. It was so authentic that occasionally someone not involved in the production would stop to buy gas.
Almost all of Ted Levine's actions and lines were improvised.
Ivana Turchetto, who played Big Mama, agreed to have her head shaved for $1000.
Make-up artist Greg Nicotero was featured as Cyst, the mutant with the halo head-gear.
Wes Craven and producer Peter Locke originally wanted to film the new version in the exact same desert location as the 1977 film but when they went out to scout the locations they found a number of condominium developments had been built.
The mutants were created by CGI, physical effects or both. Most of the mutants with full deformations were created by prosthetic makeup. But the deformed children who were playing were digitally distorted using tracking dots on their faces. Ruby was a mixture of the two, using the tracking dots for distortion and prosthetic teeth.
The car crash scene, where the family's car and trailer are sabotaged, took 3 days to film.
This movie and the original were inspired by the legend of Alexander "Sawney" Bean, the psychopathic head of a Scottish clan that reportedly killed 1,000 people to feed their inbred brood. Bean and company would set booby traps for travelers and then attack. Eventually, the disappearances drew the attention of King James VI, who put an end to Bean's reign and massacred his entire family. Although some say the whole thing never happened and was a smear campaign by the British, many still believe in the "Sawney" tale.
To get round the difficulties of shooting inside a tiny trailer, production designer Joseph C. Nemec III built a set of the inside of the trailer that was actually 30% bigger than the real thing.
The nuclear crater that Doug encounters is completely computer generated.
About 2 minutes were cut to achieve the R rating.
Temperatures soared in excess of 120 degrees Fahrenheit on the Moroccan desert set.
The original film was threatened with an X rating, accordingly, this film was also threatened with a NC-17 rating.
The making of featurette on the DVD indicates that at some point during production, the character of Papa Jupiter was going to have a parasitic twin jutting out of his chest. The effect was scrapped for the final film, leaving him the only one of the "mutants" without any apparent mutation.
Alexandre Aja and art director Grégory Levasseur originally planned to film in Morocco because of its similarity to the New Mexico desert. Initially the producers objected to this, for fear of terrorist attacks, but after Aja and Levasseur failed to find suitable locations in the US, they relented.
There was allegedly great difficulty shooting the scenes where a gun was pointed at the baby, not because the child was too scared, but because it kept trying to play with the gun.
In-between takes, the production crew would stage mock-fights with various prop weapons.
The mini-series of The Ten Commandments (2006) was being filmed in Morocco nearby. The cast and crew of both productions were all staying at the same hotel.
The TV show that Big Mama is watching is Divorce Court (1999) This film's producer, Peter Locke, also produced a show called Divorce Court (1984).
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Over 16 different nationalities worked on the film, which was filmed in Morocco.
The service station was called 'Gas Haven' which rhymes with Wes Craven.
Bobby's handgun is a Beretta Cougar 8045.
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Big Bob's revolver is a Taurus Model 66.
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The family dogs are named "Beauty" and "Beast". Emilie de Raven plays the character "Belle" on Once Upon a Time (2011).
Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) of industrial/goth group Skinny Puppy auditioned for the role of Lizard but didn't get the role as he claims to have been way over the top and scared them. "I really like the remake of The Hills Have Eyes. I auditioned for that!" [Which part?] "Lizard. I was in all their faces, I went way over the top and they were scared of me, but they sent back really good feedback to the agency I was with at the time. "
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This version runs approximately 15 minutes longer than the original.
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The shotgun used by the gas station attendant (Tom Bower) then later by the mutant Cyst (Greg Nicotero) then Doug (Aaron Stanford) is High-standard model K-1200 riot deluxe model.
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Ranked third at the box office during its opening week.
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Remake of Wes Craven's 1977 film of the same name.
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Originally rated NC-17 for strong gruesome violence, but was then edited down to an R-rating.
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The unrated DVD version was released on June 20, 2006.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

With the Aaron Stanford character, the filmmakers were looking for someone similar to Dustin Hoffman did in Straw Dogs (1971), where Hoffman was an ineffectual nerd who rises to heroism in the end and commits ghastly acts of violence. Stanford in the films also markedly physically resembles this films director, Alexandre Aja.
Body count: 17

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