The Hills Have Eyes

1977 R 1h 29m DVD

The Hills Have Eyes

1977 R 1h 29m DVD
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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.
Dee Wallace, Martin Speer, Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Russ Grieve, John Steadman, James Whitworth, Virginia Vincent, Lance Gordon, Michael Berryman
Wes Craven
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: DTS 6.1 Surround Sound, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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