The Hills Have Eyes is one of the late, great Wes Craven’s seminal masterpieces, as well as one of the enduring classics of American horror. A gruelling tale of rape, revenge and cannibalism, the film helped redefine what we think of as a horror movie and it’s presented here as never before in a stunning 4K restoration.
THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST…
Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street but for many genre fans, the director’s seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.
Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their campervan breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary.
As gruelling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.
While many horror films play with nighttime and claustrophobic settings to instill fear, The Hills Have Eyes sees many of its terrible events unfold in broad daylight, in the sprawling, open landscape of America’s South West. The film was a game changer in American horror, that sat alongside The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead and Craven’s other early shocker, The Last House on the Left, as a film that redefined the genre.
While the film’s gritty, exploitation feel seems a million miles away from Wes Craven’s more mainstream movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, it plays with the same ideas of horror both stalking and lurking within the middle class American family, bringing the terror home to roost. It also shows off Craven’s ability to draw fine performances from his cast which here includes cult favourites Dee Wallace and Michael Berryman.
Arrow Video’s new release of this genre mainstay sees it look better than ever before with a brand new 4K restoration, supervised by the film’s producer Peter Locke, and a host of extras and special features. This really is the definitive release of a film that has been often imitated but never bettered.
Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements, supervised by producer Peter Locke
High Definition (1080p) presentation on Blu-Ray Edition
Original mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
6 x postcards (Blu-Ray only)
Reversible fold-out poster featuring new and original artwork (Blu-Ray only)
Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills (Blu-Ray only)
Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke
Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes making-of documentary featuring interviews with Craven, Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier and director of photography Eric Saarinen
The Desert Sessions brand new interview with composer Don Peake
Alternate ending, in HD on the Blu-Ray edition for the first time
Trailers and TV Spots
Original Screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper
MORE SPECIAL FEATURES TO BE ANNOUNCED…