Release Date: March 10th, 2006.
Written by: Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur, and Wes Craven.
Directed by: Alexandre Aja.
Starring: Aaron Stanford, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Kathleen Quinlan, Ted Levine, Billy Drago, and Robert Joy.
For some unknown reason we decided to pull this movie off of the shelf and give it a spin. We haven't seen it in years, and being that it's a remake of a classic Wes Craven movie that is Executive Produced by Craven himself, it just felt like good time to revisit this better-than-most re-telling.
It's been years since we've seen this one, and now having watched it again, we can safely say two things: This is a great remake that is better than the original in most ways; and we forgot how crazy gory this movie was.
|YEAH, SHE LOOKS THRILLED.|
|BIG BRAIN AKA ELEPHANTITIS HEAD.|
Really, no one comes out of this in good shape at all. Not even the baby.
|THE GUY WITH THE PICK AXE DOES ALRIGHT FOR HIMSELF THOUGH.|
Once the violent stuff beings, this movie doesn't let up. In fact, it gets more violent, and more intense as the minutes go by. Aja, at least in the Unrated Version, holds nothing back as far as the violence and gore goes, and things get so graphic that we wondered how Fox Searchlight ever agreed to put this one into U.S. theaters. Of course the version that played in theaters wasn't Unrated, and so it was way less visceral, but still. This is definitely NC-17 material.
When Wes Craven decided to hire Alexandre Aja to direct this movie, he made the best choice possible. Aja gave us Haute Tension (which we absolutely love), and so who better to remake such a violent movie in an even more violent, disturbing manner? No one, that's who.
|WE WAKE UP SCREAMING AND BLOODY LIKE THAT ALL THE TIME. DON'T ASK.|
Ted Levine is great in anything he's in, and this movie is no exception. Emilie de Ravin and Vinessa Shaw, in addition to being hot as sin, made for really likable sisters, and it was hard to watch them go through everything that happened to them. We even felt for Aaron Stanford, whose Doug was a complete dickhead.
This was just a well put together movie from to to bottom.
|WELL AIN'T HE PURTY.|
- Found your dog disemboweled in a hidden cropping of rocks? Don't tell anyone, because that might scare them.
- Three women and an infant in a trailer? Leave them there to go off into the night on multiple occasions, because they're probably not in any danger.
- Find two mongoloids holding your baby and sister hostage? Don't scream and alert the men with guns, because what good could they possibly do?
|IF ONLY YOU'D SCREAMED...|
|NOT THIS DOGGIE. THE OTHER ONE.|
|THAT GUY WENT ON THE ROUGHEST RIDE OF THEM ALL.|
|WHAT GIRL DOESN'T SUNBATHE IN HER BRA IN FRONT OF HER FAMILY?|
|YOU DIDN'T THINK THEY'D ACTUALLY KILL THE BABY, DID YOU?|
If you have yet to see this remake, don't put it off any longer.
The Hills Have Eyes is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.