The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Movie Review

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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

2006 | R | Horror, Thriller
107 minutes / 1h 47min

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The Hills Have Eyes Plot Synopsis:

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.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Review

The Hills Have Eyes (2006) is a thriller horror movie that is the remake of Wes Craven‘s 1977 movie, The Hills Have Eyes (1977). The 2006 version was not written by Wes Craven as the first one was, but he did produce the 2006 movie. It is directed and written by Alexandre Aja (Mirrors (2008), High Tension (2003), P2 (2007)) who did an amazing job directing his fourth movie. The movie contains sexual content, gore, violence, frightening scenes, suspense, intense moments, bad language and drug use. The movie is about a family who is stranded in the desert after their car broke down and is having to fend for their lives after being attacked by… Pluto (Michael Bailey Smith - Men in Black II (2002), The Hills Have Eyes II (2007), Blood Shot (2002)) is a mutant that killed a few scientists in the beginning of the movie.

Ethel Carter (Kathleen Quinlan - Apollo 13 (1995), Event Horizon (1997), Family Law (1999)) and her husband, Bob Carter (Ted Levine - Shutter Island (2010), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), American Gangster (2007)) are on their way to celebrate their anniversary in San Diego, California. They are leaving their home in Cleveland, Ohio and driving with their daughter Brenda (Emilie de Ravin - Lost (2004), Brick (2005), Once Upon a Time (2011)), son Bobby (Dan Byrd) and their daughter Lynn (Vinessa Shaw - Eyes Wide Shut (1999), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Hocus Pocus (1993)) and her family. Lynn’s family consists of her husband Doug Bukowski (Aaron Stanford), their daughter Catherine (Maisie Camilleri Preziosi) and their German Shepherd dogs whose names are Beauty and Beast.

The Hills Have Eyes takes place in the New Mexico desert. The Carter family went to fill up on gas and met Fred (Tom Bower - Die Hard 2 (1990), Crazy Heart (2009), Pollock (2000)) who is the gas attendant at the gas station. Fred let the family in on a little secret and tells them of a short cut. The Carters took the shortcut and soon regretted it after their tires became punctured from hidden spikes/barb wires. The family stayed in their vehicle that can not move as Bob and Doug (Aaron Stanford - X-Men 2 (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Nikita (2010)) seek help.

Bobby (Dan Byrd - Easy A (2010), Cougar Town (2009), A Cinderella Story (2004)) fell down and became unconscious after running away from seeing Beauty mutilated body in the hills. Ruby (Laura Ortiz - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Norbit (2007)) protected Bobby from being hurt by her brother Goggle (Ezra Buzzington) who is also a mutant like his sister. Back at the gas station, Bob realizes that they have been sent into a trap by Fred, who committed suicide infront of Bob. Bob is now trying to make sense of everything as he is reading newspaper clippings of various people disappearing. Papa Jupiter (Billy Drago - The Untouchables (1987), Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004), Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990)) is the leader of the mutants and dragged Bob into a mining cave with the help of his son Lizard (Robert Joy), and Pluto. Bobby returned to the trailer and did not tell them that their dog was murdered. A few hours later the family is terrified out of their mind after seeing one of their loved ones being burned alive.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006) was an amazing movie that I will watch again with friends and family. It captures your attention from the very beginning to the ending credits. The ending of the movie was unexpected. There were intense scenes that I did not see coming and scare tactics that will blow your mind away. Watch this movie with an open mind and you will not be disappointed. The special effects, lighting, actors, sets and voice over the walkie-talkie were amazing.

  • The Hills Have Eyes Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.05
  • IMDB: 6.4
  • MetaCritic: 5.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.0

About The Hills Have Eyes 2006

Title: The Hills Have Eyes
Year: 2006
Runtime: 107 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.02/5 stars from 145,699 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 145,699
MPAA Rating: R
The Hills Have Eyes Cast Starring: Greg Nicotero, Ted Levine, Robert Joy, Billy Drago, Ezra Buzzington, Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Bailey Smith, Laura Ortiz, Tom Bower, Vinessa Shaw, Aaron Stanford, Maxime Giffard, Judith Jane Vallette, Adam Perrell, Emilie de Ravin, Dan Byrd, Desmond Askew, Maisie Camilleri Preziosi, Ivana Turchetto
The Hills Have Eyes Writers: Wes Craven, Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur
The Hills Have Eyes Director: Alexandre Aja
Box Office: $41,685,824
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA