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Review The Hills Have Eyes (Arrow Video)

The Hills Have Eyes
3.5 stars
Starring: Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman, Peter Locke, Russ Grieve

Directed: Wes Craven

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video



Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street but for many genre fans, the director s seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.

Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their campervan breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary.

As gruelling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.




Audio Language: English

The Sound Quality is pretty good, A Tad Thin at times. Clear Dialogue and not that much bass

Rating: 4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is Sharp at times with decent popping color but the film shows its age as its gritty looking with film grain and not as sharp as it could be same goes with the colors being more vivid. Still it’s Better than the first Blu-Ray Release

Rating: 4 stars

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Theatrical release Date: July 22, 1977 (USA)
Disc release Date: October 11, 2016 (USA)




  • Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements, supervised by producer Peter Locke
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 6 x postcards
  • Reversible fold-out poster featuring new and original artwork
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills
  • Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke
  • Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes making-of documentary featuring interviews with Craven, Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier and director of photography Eric Saarinen
  • The Desert Sessions brand new interview with composer Don Peake
  • Alternate ending, in HD for the first time
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper


My Thoughts

The Hills have Eyes is a Horror film about Mutated Inbred-ed Folk in the hills hunting down some passer by’s as they are running out of food.

The Story is slightly different then the remake as that’s the one I’ve seen first. No Nuclear testing here also the Inbreeds are not that spooky looking. The film gets down to business not that far into the time line with some gore, rape and screaming. Not much of a character build up but acting wise its decent.

Overall it was nice to see the Original and it was still a good viewing. I do prefer the Hill People in the remake more due to the science behind it and more creepy looking. The Film was still a good view just wished it was a tad more spooky and more mystery on the hill folk.

With that said I give The Hills Have Eyes a 3.5 out of 5. Love horror check out the Original. The Film has a good Following but an overall rating of the film is about medium from most places. I liked it a tad more.


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