The Hills Have Eyes (1977)


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I remember seeing the sequel to this film and thinking it sucked, which made me not want to bother checking the first. That was a mistake, because after a while I started hearing a lot of people say the first was good. After a while I finally got my hands on a copy of this and ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I'm not much of a Wes Craven fan myself, but this has to be one of Wes Craven's better films, aside from A Nightmare on Elm Street and People Under the Stairs.

The story is about a family on a road trip to California, who passes through a desert area and end up in a wreck in an Air Force testing area. A couple of them decide to split up to find help while the others stay behind. As they split a family of cannibals, who live in the desert, decide to pick them off. The plot for this movie isn't too original, but it was still a good movie. The acting was good and it had some unexpected deaths around the middle, which I liked. This was around the time Wes made darker films, like Last House on the Left, which rape scene, was deemed "too realistic".

I thought the deaths weren't too bad and some scenes were suspenseful since a lot was done during the night. I don't know why, but I'm rather fond of movies where a group end up getting mixed up with a family or another group of some sort, which live in the middle of nowhere. I guess that's another reason why I really enjoyed this movie. There's a decent amount of blood and gore in this. I would have given the movie a higher-rating, but I didn't like the ending too much. I felt that it ended too soon; a good movie either way.

One of Wes Craven's better films; predictable, but good story. A good movie, that I felt ended too soon. Rent this if you're a fan of Wes or want to see a good film.
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One of Wes Craven's better films; predictable, but good story. A good movie, that I felt ended too soon. Rent this if you're a fan of Wes or want to see a good film.