Thursday, August 03, 2006

DVD: The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated Edition) [2006]

• Can't get enough of inbred mutants? Here's a movie for you.

Horror, mutants, remake
DVD released: June 20, 2006
Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Emilie de Ravin, Dan Byrd
Verdict: &&1/2

This is one of those violent flicks in which you can anticipate the gory deaths long before they occur, but that's really part of the fun, isn't it? You know the bloodletting is about to begin when, acting on the advice of a freak gas station attendant, the family traveling through the desert stupidly takes a shortcut in the middle of nowhere on an unmarked road. They crash the truck pulling their camper and end up stranded, left to be picked off one-by-one in a bleak yet beautiful landscape where the hills are alive and cell phones are dead. Some doggies and a baby are thrown into the mix of potential victims to goose the emotions. If you're in the mood for a "we're all going to die at the hands of monsters in a remote location where no one can hear us scream" horror flick, you can do worse than this retread of Wes Craven's 1977 irradiated mutant-fest (think 2003's Wrong Turn, which is more than a little indebted to Hills). The original Hills and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre were major influences on many of today's abysmal horror movies. Ironically, to those unaware of its pedigree, this movie probably plays like a mildly interesting derivative of bad 2000s horror films like Wrong Turn.

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