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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Wes Craven

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Wes Craven
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Steadman ... Fred
Janus Blythe ... Ruby
Peter Locke ... Mercury (as Arthur King)
Russ Grieve ... Big Bob Carter
Virginia Vincent ... Ethel Carter
Susan Lanier ... Brenda Carter
Dee Wallace ... Lynne Wood
Brenda Marinoff Brenda Marinoff ... Katy
Robert Houston ... Bobby Carter
Martin Speer ... Doug Wood
James Whitworth ... Jupiter
Michael Berryman ... Pluto
Lance Gordon ... Mars
Cordy Clark ... Mama
Flora Flora ... Beauty
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A family going to California accidentally goes through an Air Testing range closed to the public. They crash and are stranded in a desert. They are being stalked by a group of people, which have not emerged into modern times. Written by Paul Popiel <marekp@interlog.com>

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Horror | Thriller

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Star Michael Berryman said he was once watching the film in a theater when a woman in front of him said aloud 'this movie is sick and depraved!' Berryman then thought it would be funny to lean over her and say 'you're damn right lady this movie is sick!' See more »

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(at around 8 mins) Grandpa Fred rubs his fingers across a supposedly-fresh bloody hand print but it doesn't smear. See more »

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Ethel Carter: That's not my Bob!
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Alternate Versions

Also of note in the Jaguar/World of Video 2000 release is the editing of the sequence with Bob's decapitated head. There are great chunks of the film cut away at points where you see his head, although it is visible for a couple of seconds. This affects the coherency of Papa Jupiter's speech. See more »

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The Eyes Have It!
1 May 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Wes Craven first directed a film back in 1972 called Last House on the Left. If you haven't seen it...do so...for it is quite an experience. It blends dementia, depravity, cruelty, and blood and guts with values and basic moral and philosophical questions(at a very base level). He next directed The Hills Have Eyes, which many feel might be his best work. It is a horror classic to be sure for a number of reasons. It has the struggle of an innocent typical American family with a gang of cannibalistic subhumans that live in the desert. This struggle is intense, and blurs the boundary between normal and abberant behaviour(just as Craven did in LHOTL). The basic story is one of survival, not just survival of life but a way of life. The cast does a fine job...some of the psychos are quite convincing, as are the "normal" characters rather good in their roles. The story builds rather slowly but crescendos after the first death and we are given one climactic event after another. The real stars of the film, however, are the dogs...which are integral to the plot, and the desert itself, which establishes a mood and atmosphere of bleekness, desolation, and futility. Craven did a fine job with his second feature, and I would have no problem saying it was one of his better films. I would even concede that technically it is vastly superior to Last House on the Left, however, for me at least, not as horrific or chilling. Just as with Last House, much of the subject matter of the film is decidedly outrageous, with an infant possibly being served up for Thanksgiving Dinner its high point(or low point if you prefer). Unlike Last House, Hills is not nearly as graphic in its action, leaving a bit more to the imagination.


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Language:

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Release Date:

22 July 1977 (USA) See more »

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Blood Relations See more »

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Apple Valley, California, USA See more »

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$230,000 (estimated)
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