The Hills Have Eyes 1977 Cover Art

Director/Writer: Wes Craven

Stars: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

So this is one of those long talked about classics I hadn’t gotten around to seeing yet. So often you hear about how the original is so much better than the remakes, and I’ve yet to see the remake, so I am going in to the experience with an open mind, and nothing to compare it to.

Watching it with only the comparison of modern day effects, acting, and writing, I’m not impressed. The acting has that stilted feel of a poorly written 70’s soft core porn. The effects for the most part consisted of the “keep it just off camera” method – which in general there’s nothing wrong with, if it’s done effectively, which it’s just not in this case. And finally, the script really could have just used some help to improve the story line and speed up some of the parts where it managed to drag due to what seemed to be inactivity in the story line – making you wait for something to happen.

Generally with an older classic such as this, I’m willing to grant a little more latitude, since I can typically say if I’d seen it earlier, I’d think it was a good movie, but in this case, I don’t believe that is the case. This movie is just not really scary enough (plus – they do one of my big no nos at the beginning!), so this gets a two bloody kitties out of five.

two bloody kitties