Hills Have Eyes, The (2006, USA) C-108m. SCOPE ** D: Alexandre Aja. Starring Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan, Ted Levine, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin, Tom Bower, Michael Bailey Smith, Vinessa Shaw, Robert Joy, Billy Drago. So-so remake of the Wes Craven classic about a family of campers, whose car breaks down in the middle of the desert, where human mutants are waiting for nightfall… Starts with a bang but draws out proceedings unnecessarily until the first attack. With few novelties in the plot, film remains unremarkable until the last twenty minutes, which are actually exciting - and extremely gruesome and gory. Like with Aja's previous movie, HAUTE TENSION (2003), the director never releases the tension here. Good location filming (in Morocco), in appropriate widescreen. Horror freaks should give it a look. Wes Craven coproduced. Followed by a sequel itself.

© Ron Altman