10 horror movie remakes done right
'The Hills Have Eyes' (2006)
Wes Craven's 1977 exploitation classic is given a fresh spin by French horror auteur Alexandre Aja in this 2006 remake, which recreates the original film practically shot-for-shot in its first half before filtering the ultra-grisly second portion through the lens of a bombastic post-9/11 satire. As did Craven, Aja clearly has more than bloodletting on his mind here, but the film's strongest asset is its utter unwillingness to pander to a mass audience. From the distressingly violent trailer-raid sequence on, "The Hills Have Eyes" pulls no punches in its depiction of a so-called "nuclear family" (ha ha) being literally and figuratively torn to pieces by a band of wildly terrifying mutant cannibals. The level of savagery on display is not for the weak of stomach (or heart, for that matter), but it achieves its primary objectives brilliantly.
- Chris Eggertsen