The Hills Have Eyes

  • 18
  • Alexandre Aja (2006)
  • US
  • 103 min
The Hills Have Eyes
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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 LĂ©vasseur 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.

Plot Summary

Horror remake of the Wes Craven 1977 cult classic, starring Aaron Stanford and Kathleen Quinlan. A family driving cross-country to California fall victim to a murderous, mutant clan after breaking down in the desert. They face a desperate struggle for survival that sees them behave in brutal ways they never would have imagined.

Cast and crew


Doug Bukowski
Aaron Stanford
Ethel Carter
Kathleen Quinlan
Lynne Bukowski
Vinessa Shaw
Brenda Carter
Emilie de Ravin
Bobby Carter
Dan Byrd
Robert Joy
Bob Carter
Ted Levine
Big Brain
Desmond Askew
Billy Drago
Ezra Buzzington
Michael Bailey Smith
Laura Ortiz


Alexandre Aja

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 10 Mar 2006
Certificate 18