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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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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.

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Wes Craven

Writer:

Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suze Lanier-Bramlett ... Brenda Carter (as Susan Lanier)
Robert Houston ... Bobby Carter
Martin Speer ... Doug Wood
Dee Wallace ... Lynne Wood
Russ Grieve ... Big Bob Carter
John Steadman ... Fred
James Whitworth ... Jupiter
Virginia Vincent ... Ethel Carter
Lance Gordon ... Mars
Michael Berryman ... Pluto
Janus Blythe ... Ruby
Cordy Clark ... Mama
Brenda Marinoff Brenda Marinoff ... Katy
Peter Locke ... Mercury (as Arthur King)
Flora Flora ... Beauty
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

They burned the father, killed the mother, and raped the sister! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Relations See more »

Filming Locations:

Apple Valley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$230,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,000,000, 31 December 1992
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (Double Tension System) (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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(at around 51 mins) 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 »

Quotes

Big Bob Carter: Twenty-five years I'm a cop in the worst goddamn precinct in Cleveland. Niggers shoot arrows at me and the hillbillies throw dogs off the roofs at me and I'm even shot at on two separate occasions by my own men, but none of these bastards ever come as close to killing me as my own goddamn wife and her goddamn road maps and her wrong turns and her goddamn hysterical screaming and her...
Ethel Carter: Watch your language. And you watch your heart, too. You know what Dr. Springer said.
Big Bob Carter: Well, Dr. Springer can ...
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC and lost part of the final climactic stabbing plus the closeup shot of Pluto's bloodied and mauled ankle. The initial 1987 video release on the Palace label surprisingly restored all of the previous cuts but lost a brief 2 second scene where Mars points a gun at Brenda's open mouth. The 2003 Anchor Bay release saw all BBFC cuts fully restored. See more »

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Classic Craven, and one of the best horror films of the 70's.
1 January 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Wes Craven's greatest B horror film was this harrowing low-budgeter that has gained quite a fan base over the years.

Charming, all-American family becomes stranded in the dessert wilderness and are preyed upon by a clan of savage hill-dwellers.

Violent, shocking, gory, and genuinely frightening, it's not hard to see why The Hills Have Eyes gained it's reputation as one of the most ruthless horror films of its decade. Craven's direction is well done, nicely exposing the raw and scenic filming locations. His story is also quite powerful. Craven gives us a taught, merciless tale of fear and survival that dares to break the audience's comfortable expectations! It has plenty of unexpected twists and a steely suspenseful climax. As with Craven's early film, Last House on the Left (1972), The Hills Have Eyes is a film about clean-cut,likable people who must become brutal animals to avenge themselves. It's solidly intense and very poetic.

The cast of unknowns turns in great performances. Lanier, Houston, Speer, Grieve, Wallace, and Vincent all make for a well identifiable American family. While Whitworth, Gordon, and Berryman make for perfectly scary monsters!

A startling and memorable thriller all around, The Hills Have Eyes remains one of Craven's greatest achievements and one truly relentless horror picture! Genre fans should not miss it.

**** out of ****


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