The Hills Have Eyes
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The Hills Have Eyes
But, on the heels of The Fog and House Of Wax, the film doesnt do much to set itself apart from other fright flick remakes.
It is not faulty logic that derails The Hills have Eyes, however, but faulty drama. The movie is a one trick pony.
Yet while the screenplay is tight, the performances solid and the direction superior to many of the horror reconstructions churned out in recent month ..
In effect, this remake is a cover song recorded in a slicker studio with the best equipment.
The Mendocino Complex burns near the Mendocino National Forest and Highway 20 northwest of Lakeport.
A good old American family takes a trailer trip through the expansive western desert and soon sees its holiday turning into a nightmare Hollywoods cur ..
As such, this Hills sometimes delivers, simply by way of its willingness to be nasty.
E Film Critic
Cravens original is a nasty and ferocious little terror tale, but its most certainly a product of its mid 70s era.
E Film Critic
As for Ajas future in horror he better find some original material because hitching a ride on other peoples glories will always be the others glory.
E Film Critic
If studios insist on remaking classic horror films, this is definitely the way to do it.
San Francisco Chronicle
The result is a lack of suspense after the midway mark, instead making the audience shift uncomfortably in their seats waiting for the film to get mov ..
If you relish gore fests, rest assured that Aja has concocted a savvy remake that should satisfy your blood lust; if not, youre likely to find it over ..
One Guys Opinion
A slick updated nasty version of Wes Cravens grisly pop cult grade B horror flick of 1977.
Craven was looking to simply scare some folks with blunt violence and a lecture on the primal nature of man.
And it gets what it wants.Maybe someday, Aja will be collecting paychecks while the youngsters do all the work.
Combust Ible Celluloid
Blood and guts are de rigueur here and the imaginative makeup (by a big team of artists) is first rate
There is a strange lack of tension and no real jolts of fear in this remake of the 1977 Wes Craven film.
And while itd be easy to label the films success as entirely Ajas doing, the superb cast clearly deserves kudos for their uniformly credible and thoro ..
Reel Film Reviews
The appeal of these movies is that they depress you with a feeling of horror and loss, only to revive you with a cathartic finale in which the evil do ..
Eric Ds Nider
Ajas genius is to subvert expectations by continually undermining the genre.
Shadows On The Wall
However, what really lifts the film are the details and theres a strong streak of anti Americanism thats particularly interesting.In short, The Hills ..
The film is intelligent and aware, if utterly gross, and on a technical level its first rate.
Film Journal International ..
Despite the truly traumatizing gore, Hills is surprisingly artful and, believe it or not, about as much fun as a grisly horror movie can be.
The original is hardly a classic.Even in Cravens uneven filmography, The Hills Have Eyes is no great shakes.
The definition remains unsettled and ineffectual.But full time employees everywhere know that being replaced by a temp or a contractor is not just a p ..
But Aja also plays with the cliches of the genre in new and fun ways.
Three robbers were caught on video stealing from this Malton jewelry store.
While all the other remakes hire commercial and music video directors, Aja is a horror director who knows how to make a horror film.
The resulting bloodbath, both nasty and hilarious, is a master class in the art of the remake, wavering somewhere between respectful reimagining and g ..
Eye For Film
But I suppose what the core fans want to know is: is it really horror
The moral Even the most limpwristed Demmy crat will turn into a steely eyed killing machine when the chips are down.
His no doubt exciting next move within the horror genre cant come soon enough.
The Movie Boy
Theyre very artfully shot severed limbs, and Aja, more than directors of recent paint by numbers horror remakes like The Amityville Horror and The Tex ..
Las Vegas Weekly
New Eyes has more flair than the original Wes Cravens 1977 grunge horror classic The Hills Have Eyes pit the modern American family against a savage, ..
Esthetically, its an improvement over the original in every way, though thematically it takes on a bit more than a simple horror movie can handle.
It is, without a doubt, masterfully done, easily one of 2006s most pleasantly disquieting and freakishly discomfiting roller coaster rides.
You would have to look long and hard to find anything even remotely justifiable in the existence of this remake, and frankly, its not really worth the ..
A good subtext isnt a prerequisite for a good scare, but its one of the things that can make a horror movie really good.The Hills Have Eyes is a refre ..
This movie is part of a long Hollywood parade of remaking classic horror flicks.
Look, the real wonder of WW84 is that this maybe isnt the worst thing about it.
Film Freak Central
Them hills may have eyes, but theyre missing a few other vital parts.
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The result is a slow, erratic mishmash of absurd doo doo interspersed with flashes of comedy magic.
Unfortunately, we get lots of half baked horror remakes where no one is trying very hard to be groundbreaking or very good.Instead, the makers amp up ..
At least the end result is better than director Alexandre Ajas last film High Tension, but a crippled plot ensures this Hills remake contains none of ..
Thats not a problem in The Hills Have Eyes, a wrenching remake of Wes Cravens raw cult classic of 1977.You want catharsis rather than a slow death mar ..
...given its source material, there was much room for improvement. Its just too bad that the only things Aja could improve on were the makeup and gore ..
Aja understands how to deliver the scares, expertly mixing emotional intensity with flat out gore to create an experience that any horror fan will rel ..
Flip Side Archive
The Hills Have Eyes is a solid horror film; it seems like a diamond in the rough compared to the innumerable god awful remakes of late.
From The Balcony
A good film, mostly but not entirely in the current horror mold, suspenseful and skillfully made.
Filmmakers Aja and Levasseur have no doubt created the cannibal holocaust of their dreams. Its certainly as brutal, bloody and ambitiously disgusting ..
a carefully plotted, brilliantly coiled example of suspenseful horror filmmaking
Weve all heard of movies being so bad theyre good. The Hills Have Eyes may be the first recorded case of a movie being so good its bad.
If you like your horror movies with a high creep factor and more blood than scares, head for the Hills, if you dont fit in that category head for a di ..
But theres about as much allegorical depth to Ajas slickly produced modern exploitation film as there is suspense which is to say, not nearly enough.
The best scares are a shadow flashing in front of the camera.Aja is into blood.
If its hard out there for a pimp, its even more difficult for a whore.
Filled with gristle, gore and mutant mayhem, The Hills Have Eyes is a blood feast for horror fans hungering for something more than the by rote splatt ..
Hyper violent, mean, and more interesting in what it does wrong than what it does right
The problem is not the gore: thats to its credit. Its the deja vu factor. Weve seen it all 10, 20, 50 times before.
For such a dark, gritty, ferocious film, the big, melodramatic finish betrays its creepy, low budget aesthetic.
The Dispatch (Lexington, N ..
The American flag here is most useful for its pointy edge, rammed into one boogeymans windpipe, yet Ajas slick horror show feels watered down in its t ..
The dated nature of the story makes its substitution into the landscape of modern America dubious, and the filmmakers struggle with balancing the flaw ..
Film Critic 1963 Typepad
This updated version of the Hills Have Eyes is superior to the original. That in itself is a major achievement that can only be said about a small han ..
On the strength of their graphic and gripping 2003 slasher flick, High Tension, he hired the French filmmaking team of director writer Alexandre Aja a ..
Ear Of Newt
These Hills might have eyes, but they could have used some brains, or at least a steadier hand and a less contemptible sensibility to guide the grisly ..
Nicks Flick Picks
... Exists only to inflict an unfathomable amount of pain and suffering upon its characters and audience.
... an entertaining update of Cravens 1977 flick of the same name.
The Hills Have Eyes is scary, something that a lot of todays horror films arent as they compete in the game of one upmanship in quantity and quality o ..
Reel Times: Reflections on ..
Fans of the increasingly graphic horror genre will appreciate this visceral depiction, but viewers eager for a thought provoking experience should avo ..
The Hills Have Eyes is hardly the Memento of genre movies its insanely easy to follow, and when all is said and done theres not much of a plot.
Kathleen Quinlan, once Tom Hanks wife in Apollo 13, her forehead now retaining Botox like the Hoover Dam retains the mighty Colorado.
...there is a difference between a thriller that wants to terrorize its audience and one that wants to titillate itself.
Suburban Chicago News
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Cinema Phile 2010 Blog Spo ..
That is not dead which can eternal lie And in strange Aeons, even death may die. (we better not have to tell you who this quote is from) After a long ..
... a brilliantly reimagined version of Wes Cravens 1977 micro budget horror classic ...
Once Doug travels to the home of the mutants theres plenty sociopolitical commentary.
Father Son Holy Gore
The Hills Have Eyes combines psychological tension with visceral scenes of gore and the odd laugh or two.
Horror is the cinema du jour it seems, and this movie is simply a casualty of that trend.
Mark Reviews Movies Tripod ..
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Craven was looking to simply scare some folks with blunt violence and a subtle lecture on the primal nature of man. Ajas film is an absolute declarati ..
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Alexandre Ajas take on Wes Cravens cult classic is lurid grindhouse trash, posturing as a satirical screed about American Cold War jingoism and irresp ..
Snobs may balk, purists will be appalled, but this new and exceedingly nasty version of Wes Cravens 1977 cult shocker is awfully good at what it does.
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