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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

by on Apr.22, 2010, under Daily Review

I have a real soft spot for this film, as it brings back some cool memories of the outdoor cinema in Dubrovnik where I first saw this gorefest.

This is as close as it gets to the perfect remake. It’s a re-envisioning of Craven’s ’77 classic, which takes the basics and works on the back story to build a complete picture. Wes Craven produces with a perfect choice of director, Alexandre Aja, who works his magic here creating visionary eye candy with glorious colourful nightmares for the mind.

A vacationing family take a field trip across the New Mexico desert only to take a wrong path, one which leads them into a deadly trap as they stumble upon a town of crazy, wild, mutated, savages living in a ‘50’s nuclear test town. A torturous bloodbath follows.

The cast here are perfectly hand picked. It would have been easy to re-jig the plot and have a bunch of beautiful college friends out in the desert, a basic selling point for the film market as everyone loves beautiful people being massacred in terrific ways. Here, we stick far closer to the original with a fine balance of every-day-looking actors collected as the family. Aaron Stanford, Dan Byrd and Emilie De Ravin are outstanding here, carrying a variety of emotions throughout the film which adds real depth of character. The film is gruesome and horrific, mentally and physically with Greg Nicotero excelling himself here in the effects department; some of the best I have ever seen.

But, it’s Aja’s vision and artistic eye that makes this film the success it is. Glorious looking with a stunning aggressive pace which rockets along, dipping only to offer some creepy moments of suspense. This is edge of your chair stuff which offers no mercy. Expect to be shocked, expect to experience the terrifying ride of your life.

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