Undoubtedly The Hills Have Eyes is a little known gem. Not nearly as controversial as Craven's debut, Last House On The Left, it still has the power to shock. It stinks of the late 1970s - the picture quality, sound and especially the clothes. It's also the best of the "isolation" horror movies of the '70s, along with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre of course, and the beautiful desert scenery definitely adds an atmosphere of some sort.
The acting isn't too bad, considering the relatively low-budget and the sort of weather conditions experienced (explained on the special features disc). Admittedly, it isn't terribly scary, but there are several unsettling moments, such as the scenes after the attacks on the two women.
The plot does have a few inconsistencies, such as the likelihood of a family living in caves on a bombing range and the Carter family accidentaly ending up there. But then again, this is horror, nothing is supposed to be straight-forward! Also, I found the appearences of the cannibal family a little "tame", apart from Michael Berryman's face!
Anchor Bay do an excellent job on both the packaging and the extras as usual, with a slip-on cover and a second disc containing two documentaries, an alternative ending, film trailers and so on...
So if, like me, you enjoy isolation horror films with a retro feel, The Hills Have Eys is not to be missed.