The Hills Have Eyes

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A baby cries, granddaddy is crucified, cannibals with CB radios stalk a land where even the hills have eyes. Somewhere in the desert a clean WASP family of six are stranded; there are murmurs of atomic tests, and at the local gas station, an old man talks of a monster mutant son he abandoned in the wilds. To little avail: the Carters are besieged in their trailer and the nightmare begins. The baby is kidnapped (for supper), half the family die. From there, it's a question of the 'civilised' family acquiring the same cunning as their cannibal counterparts in a fight to the death. Parallel families, Lassie-style pet dogs who turn hunter-killers, savage Nature: exploitation themes are used to maximum effect, and despite occasional errors (the cannibal girl who protects the 'human' baby), the sense of pace never errs. A heady mix of ironic allegory and seat-edge tension.
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Release details

UK release:

1977

Duration:

90 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Wes Craven

Cast:

Dee Wallace, Susan Lanier, Virginia Vincent, Russ Grieve, Arthur King, Janus Blythe, John Steadman, Robert Houston

Music:

Don Peake

Art Director:

Robert A Burns

Editor:

Wes Craven

Cinematography:

Peter Saarinen

Screenwriter:

Wes Craven

Producer:

Peter Locke

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