The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Written by Alexandre Aja & Gregory Levasseur
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Big Bob Carter...Ted Levine
Bobby Carter...Dan Byrd
Brenda Carter...Emilie de Ravin
Doug Bukowski...Aaron Stanford
Oh, wait...wrong movie. Let's try this one:
The story is familiar to most every veteran of the horror genre: the vacationing Carter family (boasting three generations of blood) have a breakdown in the unforgiving New Mexico desert. What should have been just another speed bump in the road turns deadly when they learn that not only do the hills have eyes, but they have teeth too. The entire Carter Clan is terrorized, brutalized, and yes, even cannibalized over the course of two days by a rival family, this one made up of mutant miners and their killer kin.
Wes Craven's original is widely considered a classic, and for good reason. The twisted tale of the civilized versus the uncivilized--or, more importantly, the civilized losing their civility--was a shocking examination of how far one would go to survive, and how much further one would go to protect those that he loves. And although it had its problems (I'm not such a devotee that I can't admit that), they were easy to look past when all was said and done.
As always, a remake of such a highly-regarded film is a risky proposition. Admittedly, it has a built-in audience, but it also has its built-in detractors, fans of the original who will hate on the modern version no matter what its merits. I live somewhere between the two camps: I believe full-heartedly that there are some films that simply have no need to be remade; however, if and when I watch the remakes, I try to go in with an open mind and an empty slate. While it's damn near impossible not to compare the remake to the original, you can still enjoy both versions...so long as they're both enjoyable.
|The Busey that nobody talks about...|
Or vice versa. I'll be honest. I kind of got lost about halfway through that analogy.
Anyway, I think that Aja's maniac sensibilities successfully translated this classic flick to the big screen for a modern audience.
What say you?
"Mmm, baby fat. Bat fat and juicy."