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The Hills Have Eyes - Preview

The Hills Have Eyes

Preview by Jack Foley

ONE of the sickest most enduring horror films of all-time has been re-made by Hollywood for a Spring 2006 release.

The Hills Have Eyes was Wes Craven’s 1977 follow-up to his infamous Last House On The Left, which remained banned in the UK for some time.

It followed the misfortunes of a family who are attacked by savage cannibal punks while travelling in the desert.

The cannibals murder the parents, rape the daughter and take her baby for their food pot. But those that survive revert to their old primitive instincts and set out to gain revenge.

The remake, written and directed by Alexandre Aja (of High Tension fame), will tell the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone.

Miles from nowhere, the Carters soon realize the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family… and they are the prey.

The poster boasts the menacing tagline, ‘the lucky ones die first’ and the trailer suggests all manner of violent and depraved goings-on.

While a report from several US websites suggest that this is going to be a stomach-churning effort indeed – one that could well rival and surpass some of the bloody excess of current No.1 hit Hostel.

Aja’s original cut of The Hills Have Eyes was reportedly slapped with an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, which is bad news for the director given that he was contractually obliged to deliver an R-rating.

But Wes Craven, who’s producing the remake, told Empire Online that the worst bits – which have subsequently been chopped – have been kept in preparation for the film’s DVD release.

When asked what the MPAA had objected to, he said that the remake was undoubtedly ‘a very strong picture’ and that one of the offending scenes was the attack on the trailer.

“The attack on the trailer in my film was horrible, but it was over fairly fast. This one goes on almost ten full minutes and Alex added other things that also make it worse, such as what’s happening to these people.”

The film is released on March 10 in the UK.