The Hills Have Eyes (franchise)

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In 2016, Arrow Video released a restored edition DVD and Blu-ray.[1]

The Hills Have Eyes is an American horror franchise that consists of four slasher films, as well as a graphic novel and merchandise. The first film was released in 1977, The Hills Have Eyes; the series was rebooted in a 2006 remake. The films focus on a group of people stranded in a desert who become hunted by a clan of deformed cannibals in the surrounding hills. The films collectively grossed over $132 million at the box-office worldwide. The series was created by Wes Craven who is known for the A Nightmare on Elm Street films and Scream films.[2][3][4][5] The series has featured actors and actresses including Dee Wallace, Aaron Stanford, Michael Berryman and Emilie de Ravin. The unrelated film Mind Ripper was marketed as a sequel in some areas, but has no direct connection to the first two films.

Films[edit]

In the first film, a family on a road trip becomes stranded in the Nevada desert become hunted by a clan of deformed cannibals in the surrounding hills. While The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985) has the same setting and concept as the original film, but it has a variety of new characters. The Hills Have Eyes (2006) follows the same story as the original film. The Hills Have Eyes 2 follows several heroic, but troubled, U.S. National Guardsmen as they fight for survival against the mutant people living in a military base in New Mexico.

Film Director Writer(s) Producer(s)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Wes Craven Wes Craven Peter Locke
The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985) Wes Craven Wes Craven Peter Locke
Mind Ripper, aka The Hills Have Eyes III (1995) (unofficial sequel) Joe Gayton Jonathan Craven Wes Craven
The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Alexandre Aja Alexandre Aja Wes Craven
The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) Martin Weisz Wes Craven Wes Craven

Box office[edit]

Film Release date (US) Budget Box office revenue Reference
United States Foreign Worldwide
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) July 22, 1977 $230,000 $25,000,000 N/A $25,000,000
The Hills Have Eyes Part II January 1985 $700,000 N/A N/A N/A
The Hills Have Eyes (2006) March 10, 2006 $15,000,000 $41,778,863 $27,844,850 $69,623,713 [6]
The Hills Have Eyes 2 March 23, 2007 $15,000,000 $20,804,166 $16,662,372 $37,405,247 [7]
Total $38,930,000 $66,584,110 $44,507,222 $132,028,960

Critical reception[edit]

Most of the films have received mixed reception from critics.

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The Hills Have Eyes 64% (22 reviews)[8]
The Hills Have Eyes Part II 0% (5 reviews)[9]
The Hills Have Eyes (2006) 50% (138 reviews)[10] 52% (28 reviews)[11]
The Hills Have Eyes 2 12% (67 reviews)[12] 32% (18 reviews)[13]

Comics[edit]

Cover art

On July 3, 2007, to coincide with the release of The Hills Have Eyes 2, Fox Atomic Comics released a graphic novel set in the continuity of the remake series. The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning reveals the genesis of the mutants, who were once normal people, ignorant to the rest of the world, and how they evolved into horrific creatures.[14][15] It was written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and drawn by John Higgins.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4K Restoration of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes Coming From Arrow Video". Brutal As Hell.
  2. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 1977". Blu-ray.
  3. ^ "15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Hills Have Eyes 2". IFC.
  4. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes (1977)". High-Def Digest.
  5. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 (Widescreen)". walmart.com.
  6. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 2006 Box Office". BoxOfficeMojo.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 2 Box Office". BoxOfficeMojo.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  8. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  9. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes, Part II". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  10. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  11. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes (2006): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  12. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  13. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  14. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning". HarperCollins.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  15. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning Preview". IGN.

External links[edit]

Films