Return to the menacing dusty landscape of Wes Craven’s terrifying 1977 cult classic The Hills Have Eyes – presented in its new 4K Restoration by the American Genre Film Archive!
The hilariously dysfunctional Carter family, led by father “Big Bob” and mother Ethel, set out by road to California after learning they’ve inherited a silver mine . On their way through Nevada, they decide to take a shortcut through a former nuclear testing site, thinking nothing will go wrong. When a broken axel leaves them stranded, they think they’ve dealt with the worst the desert has to offer. Soon, however, they are attacked by a savage group of cave-dwelling cannibals – and must turn to extreme measures to survive.
One of the first of many “don’t make any detours off the freeway!” thrillers to come – and arguably the best – The Hills Have Eyes ranks among the most unrelentingly disturbing of the wave of extreme horror films of the 1970’s. Director Wes Craven, who only had the exploitation classic The Last House on the Left under his belt at the time, paints a terrifying, bleak picture of the American nuclear family. Originally conceived as a then-modern retelling of the story of real-life cannibal Alexander “Sawney” Bean, The Hills Have Eyes morphed into a brutal tale of cat and mouse set against the vast silence of an ominous, uncaring desert.
Directed by Wes Craven. 89 minutes. 1977. Rated R.
Friday, October 12 – 9pm
Saturday, October 13 – 9pm, 11pm
“A satisfying piece of pulp.” – Variety
“A heady mix of ironic allegory and seat-edge tension.” – Derek Adams, Time Out
“Craven’s latent sick streak gets a major workout here, and the rudest shocks seem to center around the ‘good’ family’s parental figures.” – Eric Henderson, Slant