Film 156 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1977’s “The Hills Have Eyes”. This Wes Craven horror film is about a suburban family on a road trip who is targeted by a family of savages after being stranded in the Nevada Desert. This film is incredibly dull and boring. The acting is rubbish, the film quality is so terrible that you can barely make out what’s what. When it turns dark, you really can’t see a thing. Nothing really stood out. All I got out of the film was that the family were on their way to California to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. And out of all the things that made them destroy the car was a rabbit in the road. That had me rolling my eyes in disbelieve. I would have believed it more if they drove over a pothole or if it was a coyote. But a rabbit? Nothing was really horrific. If you’re the sort of person who’s against animal cruelty then you will really be horrified about how they killed one of the dogs. Overall, this is a bad film and I would rather had watched the 2006 remake. In 2012 Susan Lanier had this to say about making the film, “It was a hard shoot. It was hot in the daytime and cold at night. We were stuck out in the desert but everyone got along well.” Fun Fact of the Film – Having retained the rights to the film, Craven himself chose the 2006 remake’s director. He chose Alexandre Aja. If you have seen this film or the 2006 remake then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1977’s “The Hills Have Eyes”.
Film – The Hills Have Eyes
Year – 1977
Director – Wes Craven
Written by – Wes Craven
Staring – Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, John Steadman
IMDb Rating – 6.4/10
My Rating – ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Length – 86 min (1h 26min)
Genre – Horror, Thriller
So… We’re in the desert
You can tell we’re in a ghost town when you see tumbleweeds blowing in the wind
Good God the film quality look terrible
A farmer and Ruby take their stuff (and a pig) and put it in the back of a truck
“You stink like a horse”
The farmer hides his daughter from a family who stop for fuel
Their heading to California
Who wraps their truck in chicken wire?
$6.80 for fuel
What’s with all the men wearing short shorts?
The pig has escaped!!!!
What the hell is that thing running around in the background?
Looks like the daughter escaped but left her bag behind
That thing stole the girl and blew up his truck
“We’re gonna be French fries out here”
Dad has only taken them to a air force base
I can out drive this plane in my car
That rabbit just make them crash into a bush
Dad starts talking about his time as a police man
So… If you spot a bird then your close to a town/city
Meanwhile… Someone on a hill starts drawing with a stick after seeing the family in his binoculars
Let’s just leave the car and caravan here and walk to California
Where did Dad get that jacket from?
So.. If you retire from the police you get two guns as a present
“I hate it out here” – You’ve been there for five minutes
There’s a spider on his jacket!!!
Hills are full of iron?!?
I can walk 15 miles within an hour
Let’s all have a pray before we head our own way
So far I’m not enjoying this
Wait… It’s their 25th wedding anniversary
“It’s pretty in the desert”
Mom really seems facinated about rattlesnakes
She’s let the dogs out! Now the Baha Men will have nothing to sing about
Looks like the dog has found something in the hill
The dog is dead from someone in the hill
Where did that blood on Bobby’s hand come from?
I was waiting for Bobby to fall while running away and he did
Looks like the radio is working but to a creep in the hill
“If animals can work radios then we would be up shit creek without a paddle”
I can’t see a thing!
Brenda has wandered off with the other dog looking for Bobby
How do guns work?
Bobby’s alive and ignores Brenda
Meanwhile Dad has returned to the gas station
Rule 101 in horror films – Don’t split up!
Good thing this place has a phone but it doesn’t work
The farmer is trying to hang himself
Bobby doesn’t tell everyone that one of the dogs is dead
I couldn’t care what this farmer is saying