The Hills Have Eyes
Dear Carter Family,
Recently I noticed that you have all packed your bags and are driving to
California to have
a nice holiday together. However, amidst your travels, I'd like you to take
note of the following pieces of advice.
- Step One: Once you've reach the desert, listen to the service station attendant when you stop and fill up for gas -- 'Don't drive any further'.
- Step Two: If you choose to ignore these words of wisdom, for the love of God don't break down in the middle of nowhere, OK? Nobody would be happy about that.
- Step Three: Oh! You've broken down, haven't you? Just make sure that Big Bob Carter (Russ Grieve) and his eldest son, Doug (Martin Speer), attempts to look for help as soon as possible.
- Step Four: Can someone who's been left behind, gracefully give young Bobby Carter (Robert Houston) the opportunity to tell them he's seen their dog being eaten out in the wilds by parties unknown?
OK. So I'm sure you're wondering to yourself why I've imparting this advise onto you. Right? Well, there is a family of mutated nomads living in the vicinity. Capable of rapping, killing, attacking, burning, and abducting whoever they so wish.
Now I hope you have taken heed of my words, Carter family. Or else what next transpires all kicks off when animals attack. As please don't take my baby - families can't help but go crazy - a cleaver plan goes up in smoke - and when this sabbatical ends, trust me, it'll be no joke.
Now I've got to be honest with you, folks, I've watched the 2006 version of 'The Hills Have Eyes' prior to me watching this original version. But don't fret though. It didn't spoil my enjoyment one little bit. This is a masterful piece of film-making, and it had me perched at the edge of my seat even though I kind of knew what was going to happen next.
Granted, I know that some people may say this production isn't as well-polished or slick as the present-day production. Furthermore, they may also gripe about how the actors appeared stiff or wooden, without having the same visual impact either. But for me, personally -- nah! -- this wasn't a problem at all. From my point of view the charm of this film propelled it way beyond any 'update' possibly could. The story was solid. The thrills worked. The production values had a nice seventies charm to them. And overall, I can see why someone else would want to remake it 29 years after it was unleashed.
Well, it only stands to reason, that if you give the main villain a reason to do what they are actually doing -- no matter how brief it may appear in context -- it does give you something to associate with on a subliminal level.
Also, something else I would like to add, is how I loved the way that the overall narrative progressed in stages. First you had the tease. Then you had the set-up. Then you had to dilemma. And finally you had the dynamic conclusion to a well-thought out premise.
OK. I know this doesn't sound like anything new in this more modern day and age. Yet, what you have to remember, folks, is that this horror film came way before the likes of 'Evil Dead' or other movies of this ilk.
So if you haven't seen this 1977 version of 'The Hills Have Eyes', go on, pick it up when you can. I don't think you'll be sorry that you did. Agreed, Mike?
Ha! Nuff said.
THE RATING: A