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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

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A family falls victim to a group of mutated cannibals in a desert far away from civilization.

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Alexandre Aja

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Wes Craven (based upon his film), Alexandre Aja (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxime Giffard Maxime Giffard ... First Victim
Michael Bailey Smith ... Pluto
Tom Bower ... Gas Station Attendant
Ted Levine ... Big Bob
Kathleen Quinlan ... Ethel
Dan Byrd ... Bobby
Emilie de Ravin ... Brenda
Aaron Stanford ... Doug
Vinessa Shaw ... Lynn
Maisie Camilleri Preziosi ... Baby Catherine
Robert Joy ... Lizard
Laura Ortiz ... Ruby
Ezra Buzzington ... Goggle
Billy Drago ... Papa Jupiter
Greg Nicotero ... Cyst
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Storyline

While celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, a couple are caravanning through the desert with their 3 children, son in law and their baby granddaughter. While the rest of the family agrees there are plenty of better and more appropriate things to do to celebrate an anniversary, they make do with what they have, but things take a turn after a sketchy gas station attendant informs them about a "short cut" that will take them in between a series of hills in the desert. It doesn't take too long before they realise they're not alone and the hills indeed do have eyes. Written by ahmetkozan

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The lucky ones die first. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence and terror throughout, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hills Have Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

CLA Studios, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,708,512, 12 March 2006

Gross USA:

$41,778,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,623,713
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nivek Ogre (Kevin 'ohGr' Ogilvie) of industrial/goth group Skinny Puppy auditioned for the role of Lizard but didn't get the role as he claims to have been way over the top and scared them. "I really like the remake of The Hills Have Eyes. I auditioned for that!" [Which part?] "Lizard. I was in all their faces, I went way over the top and they were scared of me, but they sent back really good feedback to the agency I was with at the time." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 12 mins) The clear fluid poured onto the tire changes into a cinematographic "burn gel" just before Brenda lights it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gas Station Attendant: Ruby, is that you?
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Alternate Versions

Alexandre Aja listed what had to be cut from the film to receive an R rating:
  • There were additional shots of Bob burning and his eyes turning white.
  • A close-up of Lynne being shot in the head; the muzzle-flash and the direct impact.
  • A more explicit shot of the gun being pointed at the baby
  • The rape scene with Brenda was a half a minute longer
  • In the finale, Doug originally shoots Lizard three times with the shotgun rather than just twice. Aja has stated that despite these cuts, the version released in theaters is still his "director's cut", but that there will be an unrated DVD with the above mentioned scenes re-instated.
  • Also, there was an extra cut not mentioned by Aja, but was ironically available for viewing online before the film was ever released. It is when Doug kills the "shotgun mutant" (the one with the head brace and the plaid shirt). In the online clip before the film's release, when Doug slams the pick into his eye, it was followed with a quick push-in close up on the wound. However, the CG did not look complete, but possibly because of the low quality online clip. This being said, it was uncertain if this was cut for gore (the close up on the bleeding eye) or if in fact the CG did not look realistic enough. However, it can be confirmed that the push in shot has been inserted back into the film for the unrated DVD.
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Connections

Referenced in Evil Monkeys (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Valley of the Sun
Written by L. Stuart
Performed by Buddy Stuart
Courtesy of Tru-Gems Records
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Scary and intense! A remake that beats the original!
4 March 2006 | by HarryWardenSee all my reviews

We've seen dozens of remakes in the past several years: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring, Dawn of the Dead, The Fog. None could hold a candle next to the original films.

Could it be? After all this time, do we finally found a remake that's actually superior? You're damn right! The Hills Have Eyes is not at all like the other remakes in this ungodly trend. It's not a cheap cash-in. It's a movie made with respect by horror filmmakers for horror fans.

Sure, it has its share of problems: There are too many cheesy false scares, they added a corny patriotic subtext, and it sticks so close to the original that fans will find little in the way of surprises. But it's a leaner, meaner animal than Wes Craven's original film. The characters are more believable, the mutants are scarier, and the whole thing is incredibly visceral! This is the first studio horror film in years that I've liked...mainly because it doesn't feel like a studio horror film.

Funny side note: A girl next to me in the theater was silently weeping through the last half of the movie. Guess it made an impression.


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