The Hills Have Eyes (1977) — Film Review

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3 min readMay 31, 2023
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Once upon a time, there was a crazy-awesome film auteur named Wes Craven. He wrote, directed, and brought terrifying tales to the big screen. Some may argue this legend still lives, but after Scream 4, I am skeptical. Craven’s hold on horror began in the seventies with The Last House on the Left, but he followed it up soon after with The Hills Have Eyes. And even though he hates horror sequels on principle, he followed up with The Hills Have Eyes Part II. This horror pair has since been remade, and the entire set is a massive asset to horror.

The Hills Have Eyes takes a bit of inspiration from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and features a lovely family of inbred cannibals. The TCM cannibals lived in a backward town in Texas, and these cannibals lived in the middle of nowhere in a cave. The TCM cannibals were racist, sexist, and all kinds of offensive, and these cannibals had zero manners and barely any knowledge of how to walk, talk and act around ordinary people. No matter which way you spin it, cannibals are both creepy and disgusting. They prey on humans and gnaw on their bones. It’s gross and certainly not what typical, everyday humans do. A horror film that features cannibals starts on the scary side of the spectrum from the beginning, but it still needs to add something else to the table.

And what is that, you ask? Survival fear. A typical, fun-loving family in an RV traveling to California…