The Hills Have Eyes
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Horror auteur Wes Craven followed his threadbare but horrifically compelling cult classic Last House on the Left with this wonderfully demented morality fable about a bloody war of attrition between two extremely different families. The story opens on the journey of the Carters, a mildly dysfunctional extended family led by patriarch "Big Bob" Carter (Russ Grieve), as they travel across the California desert in search of an inherited silver mine. When a broken axle leaves them stranded in the middle of a former nuclear testing site, their attempts to find help lead them unwittingly… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"A satisfying piece of pulp."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Beware! 70s horror film is ultra violent."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Even a dog has his day, and among the few tolerable features helmed by Craven is this early cult item."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"...a sporadically effective Texas Chain Saw Massacre rip-off."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Craven's best movie that doesn't have the word "Texas" in the title."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A heady mix of ironic allegory and seat-edge tension."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"As disgusting as the movie is, the ride is never dull, but there's no need to take on the film to begin with unless there's something a little off inside your head."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"As a mirror to the low-fi, sci-fi hero journey of Star Wars, however, The Hills Have Eyes is the far less damaging to its respective genre."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Inventive story ideas and humorous touches give this horror picture an enduring relevancy and stylistic flourish."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It has become a cult-status film..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the prime examples of the what was so fascinating about American horror films in the 1970s."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Craven paints an interesting and uniquely bloody study of how 'normal' people will descend to the lowest depths in order to save themselves, but you'll have to suffer through a lot of tedium to get there."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Craven's latent sick streak gets a major workout here, and the rudest shocks seem to center around the "good" family's parental figures."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Intensely creepy, but too unpleasant to really like"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There's a difference between reiterating a theme and repeating what worked before, and you feel the line drawn here."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
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