The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Official Reaction Thread

Discussion in 'General' started by Peter Vincent, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. killnstalk

    killnstalk Guest

    i cant wait for this.i didnt see it in the theatres.actually i havent been to a theatre since about 1986.
     
  2. DeathDealer

    DeathDealer I Inhale Horror

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    WOW!!!

    1986?

    Why?
     
  3. killnstalk

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    yep 1986 for me.last film i saw in 1986 was friday the 13h pt. 6 jason lives.im not sure why but just never been back .i wsh id saw f13th 7.
     
  4. _pi_

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    Ok, I may be a bit late, but I just saw this film tonight. I thought it was ok, although it did kind of turn into a lightweight, entertaining gore film after being a disturbing, uncomfortable gore film for an hour. But I enjoyed the second half more than the first, so it didn't really bother me much.

    It's too much like Craven's original for me to be overly impressed, but I'd say it's just as good a film, perhaps even improves upon some things. But I'm happy enough with the original, so I won't buy the remake.

    I was kind of unimpressed with a lot of the direction. Some shots seemed rushed and uninspired. The majority of the film, though, looked pretty good. The final 30 minutes, for example, were terrific to look at. But a lot of the middle part was just boring, in my opinion, especially when you consider how terrific Haute Tension looked. Oh well, you can't have it all ...

    At least it was better than Hostel :p

    Hehe, that was actually one of the things I loved about the original and felt the remake needed badly. And personally I'd call the actor ambiguously gay rather than the character :p
     
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  5. onebyone

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    This is likely off topic, but a friend of mine, a major Marvel Comics geek, swears up and down that they are the most persnickety fans on the web. Sometimes, posting here, I find that really, really hard to believe. They can't be worse than internet horror fans...can they?
     
  6. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    I can't help but wonder if you're referring to me ;) I don't see why you would, but I'm so self-absorbed that I can't imagine there's anyone else you're talking about :glasses:
     
  7. Noto

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    Lameness runs rampant in online circles. Essentially you could just play fill-in-the-blanks.

    "Internet _______ fans"

    Horror, Marvel Comics, knitting and crocheting. You will always find persnicketiness.
     
  8. Hellbilly

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    Just done watching the Unrated version for the second time and wow, I'm still impressed like I was on my first viewing :) I enjoyed every bit! Sure, Craven's HHE had that nasty 70s grindhouse feel thus the reason why I love the original so much but, I didn't mind Aja's stylish visions as well.
    One thing that bothered me a bit: Bobby's pants. I mean, pull up yer trousers fer christ sakes.
    He actually tripped over his pants running away from (I think it was) Papa Jupiter!
    :lol: :eek2:
     
  9. dmeister

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    Was that really any worse than the ambiguously gay Bobby from the original, running around in his girl shorts?

    dmeister
     
  10. Hellbilly

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    Hmmm, and I always blamed bad 70s fashion :eek2:
    Now if 1977 Bobby wore his hotpants underneath his ass then I'd say 2006 Bobby-pants weren't THAT bad ;)
     
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  11. Big Bobby D

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    I saw this about a week ago after anticipating it for months. It's the only remake I have really anticapted because I liked High Tension a lot. This movie wasn't as good as High Tension or the original Hills Have Eyes, but it was pretty good. The film stayed pretty true to the original but not as much as the Psycho remake did. I really didn't care too much for the mutants themselves though. I liked the way they looked in the original better, although the original didn't have all the gore, so I guess it was a pretty good trade off when it comes to the effects between the original and the remake. Another minor complaint was the remake didn't spend too much time with the character development. I liked in the original we find out that the old gas station attendant is Papa Jupiter's father, but in this one there is nothing about that. Overall, I'd recomend it. It's not great, but as far as horror movies today goes (as well as remakes) it was pretty good.
     
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    He wasn't doing somersaults because of bad 70s fashions. ;)
     
  13. Hellbilly

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    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  14. thrashard76

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    I watched this today and really dug it....so shoot me.

    Is it better than the original....almost.
     
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    Agent Z "Get to the river...

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    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Yep! I was like
    "Dude just lost half a mitt and now he's swinging an axe like Paul Bunyan!"
    Anything to up the ante and amp the drama I guess.

    Yeah, that final shot really killed some positive buzz I had going there. That was needless at best, and
    undermined the impact of what the survivors just went through.

    Also, and I'm surprised nobody mentioned it in this thread actually, was the suspense-killing
    homage to True Romance in the pivotal fight scene with Doug and Jupiter. As soon as Doug raised the ice pick(?) up, I was like "Damn, this is just like True Romance...I can't believe they are going to cheese-out like this and suck all the doubt out!"

    And they did. Damn it. Still, for what it was advertised as, I enjoyed this glossier, more brutal trip into the Hills.

    I need time to think over which version I prefer though....
     
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  16. fattyjoe37

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    When I first watched The Hills Have Eyes (2006) it was the worst theatrical experience of my life. A meathead sitting right next to me kept taking phone calls throughout the film! I wrote the movie off as a decent remake for the time, but no great shakes. Rewatching it for the first time in 13 years, I think my viewing experience definitely led to me undervaluing it. So while I still prefer the original, I now feel the remake is one of the best of the 2000s remake wave and my favorite Alexandre Aja film.
     
  17. Steel76

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    Personally, I´ve never been a fan of the original. It's not a bad movie, but it just don't care for it.
    But I really enjoyed the remake, and it still holds up.
    The brutal revenge at the climax is so fucking satisfying :D

    I wish Aja would make another movie like this, in the future.
     
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  18. Natas

    Natas Is it October yet?

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    The remake is fucking awesome. I recently bought the arrow release of Craven's original film...... It's a classic for a reason but I truly enjoy the remake more. Definitely one of the more brutal flicks of the 2000s.
     
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    I wouldn't consider this one of the worst remakes of the '00s, but I might put it alongside The Omen as one of the least interesting. Aside from an added action sequence towards the end, it really just limply follows the original movie beat for beat, only with a shinny Hollywood gloss over it. Being familiar with the original movie before going to see it in the theater, I remember just sitting there and following along with it like "and here's where this happens, and then this happens, and then this happens, etc". At no point did the movie prove me wrong. I'd respect it more had they kept the characters and the setting, but at least done their own thing with it. This is a movie that was made specifically for people who hadn't seen the original and don't like "old movies". Which is fine, it's just not for me. A more effective and authentic version exists in Craven's film, so if I were to ever revisit Hills, that's always where I'll go.

    Also have to add that I vastly prefer Craven's gut-punch of an ending to Aja's (or the studios?) eye-roller sequel tease.
     
  20. fattyjoe37

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    That I agree with 100%. The original has one of my favorite endings ever, but the final seconds of the remake are the worst moment in the film.
     

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