The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
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The movie begins by telling us that between 1945 and 1962 the United States performed over three hundred atmospheric nuclear tests in the American southwest, and has yet to own up to the possibility of any negative genetic effects that may have resulted. Soon after we see some gooberment men in radiation suits performing various radiation checks in a desert in New Mexico, only to get seriously jacked by someone with a pickaxe. Following this bit of nastiness we see a large family traveling cross-country through the desert, stopping off at a dilapidated filling station in the middle of nowhere.Read more ›
As I have mentioned before, it stays very closely with the plot and sequences of the original film. The cast get well stuck into their roles, and some of them look eerily like the same characters in the original film too.
Aja gives the film a sun bleached look and brings the harshness of the desert environment to life superbly. At times the rocks themselves seem to emanate heat. The plight of the Carter family in this harsh environment is starkly realised, as is the terrifying nature of their assailants - the irradiated mutants.
The remake is even gorier than the original, and at times the pace of this film is breathtaking and relentless. Aja, however, gives us more detail than the original into the background of the mutants, and how they came to be the way that they are.
He also shows us that the horror genre can make serious social comment.Read more ›
Alexandre Aja, the director of the movie Haute Tension, stepped up to the plate to direct this remake. As a matter of fact, Aja was selected by Wes Craven to direct this remake, which Craven also produced. If you aren't familiar with Aja, I'd recommend that you check out Haute Tension, which was later released in the United States under the name High Tension. It was only the third movie that Aja had directed to that point and was, in my opinion, one of the best mainstream horror movies of 2005 and was the movie that got Aja noticed among the horror community, as represented by the fact that Craven hand-picked him to direct the remake. Haute Tension was a movie that didn't cave in to achieve a teenage audience, and for once, an idea that was truly an original. And, for that, I guess you could say the movie resurrected something that had been missing in horror movies since the release of The Ring in 2002...originality.
The opening begins in a setting that looks almost like Mars, where some research on the effects of nuclear weapons on the environment is being done.Read more ›
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it was a little too over the top for me, but i'm sure others will love it! entertaining and brutal. liked the concept, but the gore got to be a little much.Published 19 days ago by mamu
Good deal. This comes with the unrated versions of both The Hills Have Eyes 1 and 2. Buying both movies separately will cost more, so this is obviously a better deal. Read morePublished 25 days ago by frankdank420
This is a classic! I remember seeing this when I was maybe 13 or 14 and having nightmares for weeks. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ajh
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