The Hills Have Eyes is one of the late, great Wes Craven’s seminal masterpieces, as well as one of the enduring classics of American horror.
The film helped redefine what we think of as a horror movie and it’s presented here as never before in a stunning 4K restoration.
While many horror films play with night time and claustrophobic settings to instill fear, The Hills Have Eyes sees many of its terrible events unfold in broad daylight, in the sprawling, open landscape of America’s South West.
The film was a game changer in American horror, that sat alongside The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead and Craven’s other early shocker, The Last House on the Left, as a film that redefined the genre.
While the film’s gritty, exploitation feel seems a million miles away from Wes Craven’s more mainstream movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, it plays with the same ideas of horror both stalking and lurking within the middle class American family, bringing the terror home to roost. It also shows off Craven’s ability to draw fine performances from his cast which here includes cult favourites Dee Wallace and Michael Berryman.
Arrow Video’s new release of this genre mainstay sees it look better than ever before with a brand new 4K restoration, supervised by the film’s producer Peter Locke, and a host of extras and special features. This really is the definitive release of a film that has been often imitated but never bettered.
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