Quick-Thoughts: Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes: the classic “well, I guess we’ve all gotta start somewhere” early feature-length.

I applaud the rocky, cannibalistic location this movie is set in, the score is productive sometimes, and I suppose the experience was unintentionally funny, but yeah, this project was definitely filmed during what the cool kids would call “amateur hour.” Atrocious acting, dialogue, shot composing, and continuity plotting; plus, it so shamelessly rips off Texas Chain Saw Massacre to frankly offensive degrees. I’m glad Wes Craven grew out of this phase though because he ended up becoming a spectacular director.

Let’s furthermore acknowledge that the dog, Beast, is ironically the smartest character in the film. Some more steadfast proof that dogs are simply THE BEST. 

Verdict: D+

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“The Hills Have Eyes” is now available to stream on Tubi, Vudu, iTunes, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime.

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