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Blu-Ray Review: The Hills Have Eyes

the-hills-have-eyes-arrow-films-blu-ray-dvd-coverDirector: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven

Cast: Martin Speer, Robert Houston, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier, Virginia Vincent, Russ Grieve, James Whitworth, Michael Berryman, Lance Cordon

Cert: 18

Running time: 89mins

Year: 1977


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Extras:


What’s the story: A white-collar suburban family, stranded in the California desert, are targeted by a cannibal clan, igniting a desperate fight for survival.

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What’s the verdict: On the accompanying audio commentary (recorded in 2003 for an Anchor Bay release of The Hills Have Eyes) the sadly departed Wes Craven refers to this 1977 mini-classic as his second movie, omitting his 1975 porn film The Fireworks Woman, made under the pseudonym Abe Snake.

Fitting however for the Craven canon that The Hills Have Eyes is the official second movie as it s...

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The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno - poster, Lorenza IzzoDirector: Eli Roth

Writer: Eli Roth, Guillermo Almoedo

Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand

Cert: 18

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Eli Roth’s grisly love letter to 1970s and 80s gut-crunching cannibal cinema marks his first feature film directorial outing in six years. Good news is the wait has largely been worth it. A shaky start leads into an outrageously gory final hour when a bunch of student activists crash in the Peruvian jungle. Not perfect, and muddled of message, but tasty enough.

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The full verdict: Nostalgia seeps into even the nastiest of horror genres and Eli Roth delivers an oddly affectionate homage to Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive and, chiefly, the grunge masterpiece Cannibal Holocaust...

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We Are What We Are (2013)

We Are What We Are - posterDirector: Jim Mickle

Writers: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici, Jorge Michel Grau (original version only)

Cast: Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Michael Parks, Rory Gore, Kelly McGillis

Cert: 15

Running time: 105mins

Year: 2013

 

The lowdown: Dinner is reheated in this American remake of the excellent 2010 Mexican original. Stakeland director Jim Mickle keeps the premise of a cannibal family fighting to stay together in the modern world, but the terrifying sprawl of Mexico City is here replaced with a backwater town, losing the original’s satirical bite. The cast are uniformly good, the photography strikingly handsome, but the omnipresent rain seems to have seeped into the script itself, leaving everything a little soggy.

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The full verdict: Full marks to writer/director Jim Mickle an...

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