The Hills Have Eyes

March 10th, 2006


The Hills Have Eyes

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A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.5/10 (62,718 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Alexandre Aja

Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd

Wes Craven produces this remake of his 1977 classic of the same name, about the Carters, an idyllic American family travelling through the great American southwest. But their trip takes a detour into an area closed off from the public, but more importantly from society. An area originally used by the U.S. Government for nuclear testing that was intended to be empty...or so they thought? When the Carter's car breaks down at the old site, they're stranded...or are they? As the Carters may soon realize that what seemed like a car casually breaking down, might actually be a trap. This trap might be perpetrated by the inhabitants of the site who aren't pulling a prank, but are out to set up a gruesome massacre.

Writers: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur

Aaron Stanford - Doug Bukowski
Kathleen Quinlan - Ethel Carter
Vinessa Shaw - Lynn Carter
Emilie de Ravin - Brenda Carter
Dan Byrd - Bobby Carter
Tom Bower - Gas Station Attendant
Billy Drago - Papa Jupiter
Robert Joy - Lizard
Ted Levine - Big Bob Carter
Desmond Askew - Big Brain
Ezra Buzzington - Goggle
Michael Bailey Smith - Pluto
Laura Ortiz - Ruby
Gregory Nicotero - Cyst (as Greg Nicotero)
Maisie Camilleri Preziosi - Baby Catherine

Taglines: The lucky ones die first.


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [France] | Fox Searchlight [United States] |

Release Date: 10 March 2006

Filming Locations: CLA Studios, Morocco

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,708,512 (USA) (12 March 2006) (2620 Screens)

Gross: $69,570,032 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

Alexandre Aja and art director Grégory Levasseur originally planned to film in Morocco because of its similarity to the New Mexico desert. Initially the producers objected to this, for fear of terrorist attacks, but after Aja and Levasseur failed to find suitable locations in the US, they relented.

Crew or equipment visible: When Doug sees Catherine lying on the bed in Big Mama's house in the village, she begins to roll over, and we can see a hand reach up to stop her from rolling from the bed.

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

User Review

Finally, an excellent horror movie

Rating: 10/10

The Hills Have Eyes, although a remake of the original, was everything a horror movie should be. Typically, I'm not a fan of slasher flicks, but this movie had elements I like to see in a movie. I don't like to see the protagonists making stupid mistakes (the old "curiosity killed the cat" syndrome), I don't like being able to guess the villain 20 minutes into the movie (although this wasn't the scenario in this particular movie). I don't enjoy picking out who's going to do die first, and being correct. I don't think sex scenes have any place in horror movies. I like things to be important and advance the plot.

Although the movie had some "MTV" elements to it, it still adhered to the classic horror movie thrills. The thing I liked about this movie was the fact that they repeatedly "crossed the line", doing things that you wouldn't expect modern movies to do, nothing is off limits in this movie. Horrifying elements that made you, well, terrified. Lots of "boo" surprises, but also more complex and twisted than modern movies have allowed. I spent most of the movie with my mouth agape... It's not just the gore, although there is a lot of that. They didn't leave anything to the imagination, did not imply anything...they showed you everything.

It was admittedly a little slow at first, but then all of the sudden things began to take a turn for the wicked. One thing this movie did that most horror movies don't bother to do is go into character development. Not a lot, but more so than a typical thriller will bother to do.

This movie was so disturbing, I'm not sure I'd want to see it again. That "Deliverance" see it once, you're glad you saw it, but so disgusting you're pretty sure you don't want to experience that again.

Any horror aficionado should see this movie.


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