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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

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A family falls victim to a group of mutated cannibals in a desert far away from civilization.

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Alexandre Aja

Writers:

Wes Craven (based upon his film), Alexandre Aja (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxime Giffard Maxime Giffard ... First Victim
Michael Bailey Smith ... Pluto
Tom Bower ... Gas Station Attendant
Ted Levine ... Big Bob
Kathleen Quinlan ... Ethel
Dan Byrd ... Bobby
Emilie de Ravin ... Brenda
Aaron Stanford ... Doug
Vinessa Shaw ... Lynn
Maisie Camilleri Preziosi ... Baby Catherine
Robert Joy ... Lizard
Laura Ortiz ... Ruby
Ezra Buzzington ... Goggle
Billy Drago ... Papa Jupiter
Greg Nicotero ... Cyst
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Storyline

While celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, a couple are caravanning through the desert with their 3 children, son in law and their baby granddaughter. While the rest of the family agrees there are plenty of better and more appropriate things to do to celebrate an anniversary, they make do with what they have, but things take a turn after a sketchy gas station attendant informs them about a "short cut" that will take them in between a series of hills in the desert. It doesn't take too long before they realise they're not alone and the hills indeed do have eyes. Written by ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is shorter than you think. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence and terror throughout, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

Country:

USA | France | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hills Have Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

CLA Studios, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,708,512, 12 March 2006

Gross USA:

$41,778,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,623,713
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To get around 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. See more »

Goofs

(at around 29 mins) The position of the ketchup, mustard, and drink pitcher on the table outside the trailer changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gas Station Attendant: Ruby, is that you?
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Alternate Versions

Alexandre Aja listed what had to be cut from the film to receive an R rating:
  • There were additional shots of Bob burning and his eyes turning white.
  • A close-up of Lynne being shot in the head; the muzzle-flash and the direct impact.
  • A more explicit shot of the gun being pointed at the baby
  • The rape scene with Brenda was a half a minute longer
  • In the finale, Doug originally shoots Lizard three times with the shotgun rather than just twice. Aja has stated that despite these cuts, the version released in theaters is still his "director's cut", but that there will be an unrated DVD with the above mentioned scenes re-instated.
  • Also, there was an extra cut not mentioned by Aja, but was ironically available for viewing online before the film was ever released. It is when Doug kills the "shotgun mutant" (the one with the head brace and the plaid shirt). In the online clip before the film's release, when Doug slams the pick into his eye, it was followed with a quick push-in close up on the wound. However, the CG did not look complete, but possibly because of the low quality online clip. This being said, it was uncertain if this was cut for gore (the close up on the bleeding eye) or if in fact the CG did not look realistic enough. However, it can be confirmed that the push in shot has been inserted back into the film for the unrated DVD.
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Soundtracks

Daisy
Written and Performed by Wires on Fire
Courtesy of Buddyhead Records
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User Reviews

 
Retired cop takes his family through a desert and finds themselves being stalked by a clan of psychotic murderers.
20 February 2006 | by tbeales-1See all my reviews

I found the Hills Have Eyes to be a decent horror/thriller. Not too suspenseful, yet eerie all the same. I'm not a huge fan of Wes Craven, yet I do enjoy his movies from time to time.

The Hills Have Eyes takes the Carter family thru a terrifying experience. A retired old cop takes his family on a trip across the USA. Our story takes place in a desert. After making a wrong turn and being warned to, "Stay on the mail road, you here.", by a gas/junk store attendant. The Carter family find themselves being followed and stalked by an inbred clan of psychotic murderers. Kidnapped and tortured, the family barely escapes. Or do they?

I like this movie. It takes a little while to get going, but if you really think about the story and the characters situation it becomes very horrifying. I think the Hills Have Eyes is a must see.


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