The Hills Have Eyes
When their camper breaks down in the desert on their way to California, an all-American family struggles to survive the attacks of a cannibalistic clan hungry for the fresh meat of wayward vacationers. One by one, the family members fall prey to the inbred marauders, until only a son and daughter remain to rescue their kidnapped infant brother and seek vengeance against the savages. Horror master Wes Craven directs the film, which was remade in 2006.
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- Wes Craven
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 6.1 Surround Sound, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; filmmakers' commentary.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is an extremely violent movie with repellent murders and killings that cross the border from self-defense into sadistic revenge. Customary guardian figures (husbands, mothers, fathers) are the first to be slaughtered. Not even director Wes Craven's later, teen-filled "Nightmare on Elm Street" or "Scream" movies strike a nerve like this.
- Sexual Content
- The mother of the cannibal family is plainly stated to be a long-ago-abducted prostitute.
- As gruesome as it gets (although some gore-fanciers have complained that the blood looks pretty fake). People and a pet dog are mercilessly slaughtered, a severed head is kept as a keepsake, and one character's Achille's tendon is graphically severed. Another is bitten by a rattlesnake. Rape, and strong suggestions of incest.
- Some cursing.
- Social Behavior
- The film seems to make the point that beneath every person is the potential to be a monstrous savage.
- Not applicable.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The families drink alcohol.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it