Monday, October 24, 2011

The Month of Horror Day 24: The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! Tonight Brother Bellamy takes a stab at a remake and says it's better than the original. BasementReviews@gmail.com or comment below.

Is it blasphemous to have the remake on here instead of the original? I think the remake is a huge step up from the low budget Wes Craven original from 1977, this iteration is directed by French filmmaker Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D), and it's a great exercise in suspense, shocking brutal violence and some real, genuine terror! 'The Hills Have Eyes' follows your average, nice family on vacation in their RV where it "breaks down" (sabotaged?) in a desert that at one time was used as a nuclear testing site by the U.S. government. Stranded and isolated, a band of mutant freaks begins to prey on the unsuspecting family and picks them off one by one, in escalating bloody fashion. This is a really tight and competently made horror flick unfortunately followed up by cheap and ugly sequel not worth your time, stick with this one, and keep a pick ax handy while you're at it, just in case...

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