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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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"A family going to California accidentally goes through an Air Testing range closed to the public. They crash and are stranded in a desert. They are being stalked by a group of people, which have not emerged into modern times."

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Review Date: 12 October 2003 My Rating: out of 5


Wes Craven's 1977 cult film finally gets the special edition treatment from Anchor Bay and it's about time too.

The film which gave 'E.T.'s mom' her start in not only the horror genre, but the film industry, has an underlying theme that is still as relevant today as it was 25 years ago.

The premise is simple. When the Carter family crash in the desert, they are set upon by a family of cannibals who live in the nearby mountain caves.

Loosely based on the Sawney Bean family, Craven took this idea and decided to see what would happen if middle class Americans were forced to become what they feared.

The result is not pretty! We have (as this appears to be the uncut version) dog guts, gunshot wounds, rape, crucifixion and incineration of live people amongst others.

Whilst the film is very good, it is perhaps the origins of the story (excellently described in the making of documentary) and the related documentary, 'The American Nightmare' that are most fascinating to me.

In all, this is a solid package, for a film that is more than deserving of it. Hopefully, younger audiences who enjoyed the likes of 'Wrong Turn' and 'House of 1000 Corpses' will embrace this film too.

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