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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

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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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Camping out with the family can be murder. See more »

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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(at around 55 mins) Virginia Vincent's reaction to being shot was quite genuine as there was a mishap with the squib planted under her robe. The small explosion caused her a deal of pain and she was briefly taken to the hospital. See more »

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(at around 1h 14 mins) As Jupiter and Pluto are heading toward the trailer, the scar on Jupiter's face disappears for several shots. See more »

Quotes

Lynne Wood: What the hell was that?
Mama: Sounded like some sort of animal.
Lynne Wood: Yeah well, if animals around here are smart enough to run radios we're up shitcreek without a paddle.
Mama: You know you never used language like that before you moved to New York City.
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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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One of Craven's few undisputed masterpieces
6 October 2017 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

On a road-trip through the New Mexico desert, a family stranded in the area finds that a group of inbred, cannibalistic hillbillies have targeted the group and are set on killing them for food, forcing the family into a desperate race to stop them and get away alive.

This here was quite the fun if slightly flawed effort. When this one works, it's mainly due to the fact that there's quite an effective atmosphere here of being out alone in the wilderness. The film does an incredible job in the first half of depicting the desert of this one as creepy and chilling which really makes it so that being trapped on an open road in the middle of nowhere is a pretty terrifying ordeal and forces the ultimate traveling nightmare. The darkness that surrounds the family is terrifying, as anyone or anything can hide in there, and this film provides that fear in spades as tons of times we see or hear all these sights and sounds that would terrify any sane person. That gets exemplified best in the one scene of the characters run down the highway in the dark as these crazy laughs were heard echoing alongside him, a pretty terrifying ordeal, and it only gets better from there. That comes from the rather impressive event that kick-starts the film into overdrive which is the main assault on the van as the family gets into attacking the trapped members during an insanely fun ploy here, as the mounting tension plays into the initial first trap before the charge into the van and all the battles to confront them attempting to escape as well as one of the most horrendous acts ever committed to screen, and the audacity to pull it off and make it as striking as it is a huge testament to do something like that. By subjecting us to this scene, it works to keep the audience on the edge because now we don't know what else will be thrown at us and become anxious as the waiting game begins. The best part is the events that follow as the film is all action featuring plenty of solid action as the brutal encounters offer a lot of great moments. Also great is the family has a creepy air around them that makes us all become scared of them, and along with their great behavior patterns are the best parts. It doesn't have too many flaws here as the main issue is the illogical manner of getting them on the shortcut which really makes no sense and features plenty of stupid character decisions to move them along. There's also the manner of the rather sloppier effects for the gore and kills which does take away a bit of their effectiveness. Otherwise, this is quite an enjoyable effort.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, attempted rape, violence-against-animals and children-in-jeopardy.


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