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The Hills Had Eyes
on 6 July 2015
I found this film hard to like. It follows the 70's American filmmaker's obsession with fear of the rural poor south (Texas Chainsaw, Deliverance). So I already felt I knew what was coming. Even before any hicks-from-the-sticks make an appearance you have an annoying American family to endure. The cardinal sin of any horror film is making the protaganists so annoying you don't mind them being killed off.
So as you might expect a family trip into the mountains ends up the a rendezvous with Uncle Earl and his posse and canibal hillbillies. The film manages to create suspence well enough, with the ever lurking presence of danger building slowly. The film isn't especially violent or graphic, but manages to do more with less. The worst part for me really was in not caring what happened. The American family just did nothing for me but become fodder for the crazies. Sad really as a film like this really hinges on you caring about the protaganists.
The picture quality was fine (Anchor Bay release) and sound okay too. Double disk feature has plenty of extras and a nice inside booklet. Unfortunately I just didn't like the film.