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The Hills Have Eyes

The Hills Have Eyes

Alexandre Aja (2006)

103min
18 Certificate
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If there's one contemporary film-maker who understands seat-edge horror, it's Alexandre Aja. Here, the French director follows up the terrifying Switchblade Romance with his first Hollywood feature - a ferociously effective reworking of Wes Craven's 1977 cult classic. Like the original, the tale depicts a vacationing family (headed by Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan) falling victim to a murderous, mutant clan after breaking down in a stretch of American desert. Here though, the savages are not simply the spawn of inbreeding, but the genetically mutated offspring of miners who were caught up in the radioactive fallout from nuclear testing. This innovative twist is part of a dedication to realism from Aja and co-writer Gregory Lévasseur that takes this visceral remake to startling new heights. Once the brutal action explodes, there's no let-up, with gore precisely matched by atmospheric tension. Yet while the killers' casualness is deeply disturbing, it's the ordinary family's shocking survival tactics that give the movie its lingering impact.

Summary

A retired police detective and his family break down taking a short cut on a remote road and later find themselves attacked by savage and deformed victims of a nuclear testing project. Remake of the 1970s horror, starring Kathleen Quinlan, Aaron Stanford, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine, Emilie de Ravin and Dan Byrd.

Cast & Crew

Doug Bukowski Aaron Stanford
Ethel Carter Kathleen Quinlan
Lynne Bukowski Vinessa Shaw
Brenda Carter Emilie de Ravin
Bobby Carter Dan Byrd
Lizard Robert Joy
Bob Carter Ted Levine
Big Brain Desmond Askew
Jupiter Billy Drago
Goggle Ezra Buzzington
Pluto Michael Bailey Smith
Ruby Laura Ortiz
Director Alexandre Aja
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 10 Mar 2006

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