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The Remake of the 1977 horror film by French director Alexandre Aja, who is also responsible for High Tension.

A typical American family is on vacation. They are soon stranded in the middle of desert when their RV breaks down thanks to sabotage and end up being terrorized by a family who are mutated from nuclear fallout by government testing in the area.

A sequel was released in 2007. There's also The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning, a prequel/interquel graphic novel.


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This film has examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Lizard, formerly "Mars", manages to put up a much better fight with Doug in the climax.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Pluto may not have been very bright in the original film, but he appears to actually be mentally retarded here.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: While not "attractive" in the traditional sense of the word (and Pluto being outright deformed by inbreeding), the mutants in the original film are nowhere near as disfigured or hideous as their remake counterparts.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Oddly, the film is a case of both this and Adaptation Expansion. While it adds an extended sequence in a nuclear testing town and adds considerable depth to the characters of the Carter family, it also greatly dials back and Flanderizes the mutant characters, who barely have any dialogue, and are portrayed almost entirely as soulless monsters, besides Ruby. Also, it reduces the role of Fred, the gas-station man.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the original film, Doug's last name was Wood. In here, it's Bukowski, which is a Polish name which literally means "of the beech [tree]". Thus in a way he is still called "Wood".
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    • The character of Mars is now named "Lizard".
    • Mercury is called “Goggle”.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Bobby largely kept his feelings bottled up in the original movie, but he's much more outwardly emotional here.
  • Anyone Can Die: The promotional comic for the film plays this trope shockingly straight when Doug, the undisputed walking badass Papa Wolf of a man, and his baby both bite the dust. This was most likely done in order to demonstrate how much the new family does not fuck around. See below for further complaining on the subject and Canon Discontinuity for peace of mind.
  • Attempted Rape: Subverted, Lizard stops Pluto from raping Brenda but Lizard goes through with it
  • Ax-Crazy: Lizard, Pluto and Papa Jupiter are the most violent mutants in the film.
  • Bald of Evil: Pluto's mutations have left him hairless.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The original film was ruthless, but used gore sparingly. However, the remake is far more violent and brutal, with far more blood spraying and onscreen mutilation.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A pig seen at the gas station at the start of the film. Ruby switches it with the baby and makes a break for it
  • Creepy Gas Station Attendant: He sends travelers in the direction of the mutants, and in exchange is given any valuables the victims had on them. By the events of the film, years of guilt have caught up with him, and he commits suicide by blowing his brains out with a shotgun in an outhouse.
  • Demoted to Extra: Papa Jupiter becomes a minor, non-speaking character. His role of patriarch appears to have been taken by Big Brain.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Literally, in both. And on a Joshua tree, no less.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: "Daaaaddy..."
  • Decoy Protagonist: Lynn was on the cover, the Un Witting Instigator Of Doom and the first to notice something in the hills. She died second of the human Carters.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Doug (And his baby, for that matter) in the comic tie-in/prequel. Not perfectly fitting of this trope, but they may as well have killed him off in the opening panels. It's made all the more frustrating to witness when considering the fact that the last time we saw him, he was practically a death machine who could probably vaporize all of them by simply dropping his pants.
  • Evil Cripple: Big Brain. He's wheelchair bound due to the severity of his deformities, but that doesn't prevent him from ordering Lizard to kill Catherine.
  • Flanderization: The mutants, though particularly Pluto, are now more monstrous-looking.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Averted - this merely annoyed Lizard.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ruby tackles Lizard to save Doug and Catherine and throws him off a cliff along with her, dying in the process.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Big Bob tells Brenda to "watch [her] fuckin' mouth".
  • Hypocrite: Brenda refuses to look for Bobby's jacket on the saying it stinks, but she later puts up her dusty bare feet in their table and their mom has to call her on it.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Now, it wouldn't be a wholly accurate remake if the mutants weren't cannibals, would it? Strangely, though, most of the cannibalism is absent, and is only shown when Jupiter eats Ethel's heart.
  • It Runs in the Family: Granted, because of the fallout there's no choice in the matter.
  • Kill 'Em All: This was the mutants' plan in the original, in here, it becomes Doug's.
  • Kill It with Fire: Big Bob's fate, combined with crucifixion.
  • Mutants: In the original film, the mutation of Papa Jupiter and his children is only subtly hinted to be the result of fallout (though casting Michael Berryman as Pluto is a rather... strong hint); in the remake, it's outright stated.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Big Brain replaces Papa Jupiter as the primary antagonist and leader of the clan, but only gives orders from his walkie-talkie due to being unable to participate in any of his family's activities himself.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He was certainly childish in the original film, but Pluto's immature mindset is taken Up to Eleven here, to the point where he barely speaks and appears to be at least borderline mentally retarded.
  • Red Right Hand: Papa Jupiter was going to have a parasitic twin growing from his torso, but it didn't make the final cut.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Pluto never utters a word throughout the movie until Brenda wakes up and sees him, at which point he screams a slurred "NOW!" into his walkie-talkie.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Literally, in this case. Doug's family had two German Shepards, Beauty and Beast. The mutants killed Beauty offscreen. Beast goes on to personally kill Goggle, and later Big Brain. The latter had, moments before, been smirking after ordering Lizard to kill the kidnapped baby out of spite. His death was neither graceful nor quick.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Doug Bukowski, the bespectacled pacifist telecommunications worker who, near the end of the movie, goes on a bloody rampage through the hideout of cannibalistic mutants to save his baby daughter.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Pluto suffers this when Lizard stops him from raping Brenda.
    • Big Brain suffers a more subtle one after the death of Pluto, and orders Lizard to kill Catherine.
  • The Worf Effect: Big Bob (played by Ted Levine who is famous for playing tough guys) dies first and without putting up much of a fight.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Unlike the rest of his clan, Pluto shows no desire to bring harm to Catherine, instead just inquisitively hovering over her cradle and laughing innocently. It's strangely adorable.


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