The Hills Have Eyes

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1977 | Color
  • Running Time: 89 min | UK:86 min (cut version)
  • Production Co: Blood Relations Co.
  • Distribution Co: Vanguard (I) (1977) (USA) (theatrical) | Astral Films (Canada)
  • Directed by Wes Craven
  • Written by Wes Craven
  • Starring Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace, Russ Grieve, John Steadman, James Whitwort, Lance Gordon, Michael Berryman
  • Produced by Peter Locke
  • Original Music by Don Peake
  • Cinematography by Eric Saarinen
  • Film Editing by Wes Craven

Also Known As

  • La colline a des yeux (Belgium) (French title) / France | De heuvelen hebben ogen (Belgium) (Flemish title) | Hügel der blutigen Augen (Germany) | La colina de los ojos malditos (Argentina) | La pandilla abominable (Argentina) | Las colinas tienen ojos (Spain) | Le colline hanno gli occhi (Italy) | Le visage de la peur (Canada) (French title) | Oi ktinanthropoi (Greece) | Slagterbanden (Denmark) | Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes (USA) (LD title) | Yön silmät (Finland)


  • The lucky ones died first...
  • A nice American family. They didn't want to kill. But they didn't want to die.
  • They burned the father, killed the mother, and raped the sister!


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 Chainsaw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema. (Arrow Video)

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