THE HILLS HAVE EYES Craven lu­natics

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re­leased OUT NOW! 1977 | 18 | blu-ray/dvd Di­rec­tor Wes Craven Cast su­san lanier, robert Hous­ton, Martin speer, John stead­man

blu-ray de­but Wes Craven’s bru­tal shocker has lost lit­tle of its im­pact four decades on. The story of a mid­dle-class fam­ily who are set upon by a gang of de­ranged mu­tants after their car breaks down in the mid­dle of the desert, it utilises its bar­ren, eerie lo­ca­tion to the full and has a sec­ond half of re­lent­less scream­ing terror.

It thank­fully avoids the pit­falls many slasher films of the ’80s would fall into: these at­tack­ers are a mem­o­rable, quirky bunch, and it’s good to see a fam­ily, rather than kids, as pro­tag­o­nists, whose be­hav­iour is mostly log­i­cal. Plus there’s a heroic dog to cheer.

Ex­tras This new 4k restora­tion comes with three com­men­taries, by Craven and pro­ducer Peter Locke, the cast (new), and aca­demic Mikel J Koven (new). You also get the 2003 Mak­ing Of (60 min­utes); new in­ter­views with ac­tor Martin Speer (17 min­utes) and com­poser Don Peake (11 min­utes); a (less ef­fec­tive) al­ter­nate end­ing; freshly un­earthed and mildly in­ter­est­ing out­takes (19 min­utes); trail­ers; TV spots; a gallery; a PDF of the screen­play. The Blu-ray comes with six post­cards, a poster and a book­let. Rus­sell Lewin

One of the rea­sons Janus Blythe got the part of Ruby was that she ran faster than the other au­di­tion­ees!

“Hello. Wel­come to the bald men page.”

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