Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 15: The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Remakes are a tricky thing. Sometimes they rule, but most of the time they suck. I used to write an entire column based on remakes, so I guess I am more or less an authority on the subject (or at least more so than your average movie lover). The Hills Have Eyes is one of the few remakes in horror history that was as good (if not better) than the original. The film follows a family on a road trip to California that starts to go horribly wrong when a group of desert mutants decide that they want them dead because (as everyone knows) desert mutants are total dicks. The Hills Have Eyes was directed by Alexandre Aja, of High Tension fame, so you know it does not let up on the psychological terror or the gore.
Some have written off The Hills Have Eyes as torture porn, but those people are wrong. There is a lot of gore and some torturing, but it is not without warrant. It is all done in a way that it is for a reason, not just for the shock value. There is one scene in the movie that is incredibly horrific for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it makes you uncomfortable watching it. It gets right under your skin and pulls no punches, making sure you understand exactly how terrible the things these character are experiencing really are. The Hills Have Eyes is not for the squeamish, and definitely not for people who are easily disturbed. Check out the trailer below.
Go rent this film right now, or buy it here. Either way, make sure you see it.
Editorial written by: Justin Proper (Twitter)