“The Hills Have Eyes” follows a family as they go on a road trip across America. Unfortunately, they stumble into the desert hideaway of a family of mutant creeps. If you’ve seen the slightly better remake, then you get the point. However, this one is pure 70s horror fun and features Craven near his peak. That’s not why we’re here today. We are here to celebrate The Hills Have Eyes looking its best on home video. People joke about how awful the Image Entertainment Blu looks, but the Arrow US disc wipes itself with that VHS looking disc.

Wes Craven isn’t around anymore to talk about the 4K restoration or the multiple film endings, but it doesn’t matter. Craven in the 1970s got gore, but seemed slightly ashamed of putting it onscreen. Look at how the man responded to his success with “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. He ate it hard like a guy that didn’t quite get what made Nightmare work. Honestly, I totally believe that Nghtmare and his earlier films were flukes.

“The Hills Have Eyes” could’ve been directed by many people. Some say it already was “Race with the Devil”, but I’m going to let that slide. What matters most is that American horror got its definitive family attacked in the desert movie. Aja did it better, but this was the template. Hopefully, I can end this without people thinking it’s a mediocre movie.


  • 6 x postcards
  • Reversible fold-out poster featuring new and original artwork
  • 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
  • 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 for the first time
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper


  • 1.85:1 1080p transfer
  • LPCM 1.0 mono

RELEASE DATE: 10/11/16

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    Video - 94%
  • 90%
    Audio - 90%
  • 95%
    Supplemental Material - 95%
  • 88%
    Film Score - 88%

The Plot Thus Far

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.


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