The Hills Have Eyes – Full specs inside
Anchor Bay UK have now officially announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes for 29th September 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. Arriving just one week after the R1 offering (details here) this UK release includes an exclusive 71-minute documentary not seen elsewhere. The full specs are...
- 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- English DD5.1 & DTS Surround
- Audio commentary by Wes Craven and Peter Locke
- All new featurette with Wes Craven, producer Peter Locke, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman and Cinematographer Eric Saarinen
- Adam Simon's 71-minute documentary "The American Nightmare" (2000)
- TV spots
- Stills Gallery
Still regarded by many horror fans as his best work to date, Scream director Wes Craven's second genre feature (after his notorious "The Last House On The Left"), the highly influential THE HILLS HAVE EYES, is an acknowledged classic of shock cinema. Loosely based on the gruesome true story of Alexander "Sawney" Bean and his family, who cannibalised transients in 17th Century Scotland, the film was one of the first to really push the boundaries of mainstream horror.
Recently retired from the Cleveland police force, Big Bob Carter decides to head off in his motor-home for a Californian vacation with his wife, Ethel, their son and two daughters, son-in-law, infant grandchild and their two dogs. En route they decide to make a detour to find an abandoned silver mine in the Nevada desert bequeathed to Bob and Ethel by a late aunt as a silver wedding anniversary present. Despite being warned by a local at a gas station to stick to the main roads, Bob takes to a dirt track and eventually discovers he is driving his family through a remote US Air Force test bombing range. When a broken axle leaves them stranded in the desolate desert, Bob sets off on foot to the gas station, while son-in-law Doug searches for help at the military base. Meanwhile, teenage son Bobby is out looking for one of the family's runaway dogs. Unknown to the Carter family, the area is also home to a family of primitive, cannibalistic scavengers who have been watching the travellers with interest. With the Carter family temporarily split up, the desert-dwellers take advantage of the situation and raid the Carter's motor-home, intending to steal their food and supplies. The horror begins when opportunistic theft turns to rape, murder and kidnap, and the unscrupulous savages unleash a brutal onslaught of terror upon the helpless family.
THE HILLS HAVE EYES is both a masterpiece of suspense and a relentless chronicle of violence from America's undisputed master of horror cinema. Written and directed by Wes Craven (The Last House On The Left; Deadly Blessing; A Nightmare On Elm Street; Scream), the film stars Dee Wallace-Stone (The Frighteners; Alligator II: The Mutation; Critters; Cujo; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; The Howling), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes Part II; Weird Science; Deadly Blessing), Susan Lanier (The Hills Have Eyes Part II), Robert Houston (1941; The Hills Have Eyes Part II) and Martin Speer (Coma; The Hills Have Eyes Part II).