The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

86m (UK), 89m, 8067 feet
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Wes Craven.

Plot Summary

The middle-class suburban Carter family on a motor home holiday in California strays into a forbidden Air Force testing range where they break down. They are soon being attacked by a clan of cannibal degenerates who have been breeding in the . The wage increasingly violent war with each other as the Carters come to realise that they must fight by their enemy's rules.


Directed by: Wes Craven
© MCMLXXVII [1977] Blood Relations Company
Peter Locke presents a film by Wes Craven
Produced by: Peter Locke
Production Manager: Walter Cichy
Written by: Wes Craven
Director of Photography: Eric Saarinen
Editor: Wes Craven
Music by [opening credits] Music Composed & Conducted by [end credits]: Don Peake
Sound Mixer: Jan Schulte
Costume Design: Joanne Jaffe
Make-up: Donald Mulderick
Special Make-up: Ken Horn, Dave Ayres
Special Effects: John Frazier, Greg Auer
Art Director: Robert Burns

Susan Lanier (Brenda Carter)
Robert Houston (Bobby Carter)
Martin Speer (Doug Wood)
Dee Wallace (Lynne Wood)
Russ Grieve (Big Bob Carter)
John Steadman (Fred)
James Whitworth as Jupiter
Virginia Vincent as Ethel Carter
Lance Gordon (Mars)
Michael Berryman (Pluto)
Janus Blythe (Ruby)
Cordy Clark (Mama)
Brenda Marinoff (Katy)
Arthur King [real name: Peter Locke] (Mercury)
Flora (Beauty)
Striker (The Beast)

Alternative Titles

Aima stous lofous – Greece
Brda imaju oci – Serbia
La colina de los ojos malditos – Argentina, Mexico
Las colinas tienen ojos – Spain
La Colline a des yeux – Belgium (France), France
Le colline hanno gli occhi – Italy
The Family That Woke Up Screaming
De Heuvelen hebben ogen – Belgium (Flemish)
Hory mají oci – Czechoslovakia
Hribi imajo oci – Slovenia
Hügel der blutigen Augen – Germany
Oi Ktinanthropoi – Greece
Os Olhos da Montanha – Portugal
La pandilla abominable – Argentina
Quadrilha de Sádicos – Brazil
Sarandora – Japan
Slagterbanden – Denmark
Sziklák szeme – Hungary
Udyr må dø – Norway
Udyrene – Norway (video)
Le Visage de la peur – Canada (French)
Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes
Wzgórza maja oczy – Poland
Yön silmät – Finland

The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Extracts included in
The American Nightmare (2000)

See also
Detour (2003)
Wrong Turn (2003)
Hillside Cannibals (2006)



  • Cinefantastique vol.7 no.1 (1978) p.46 – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.6 no.4 – article
  • Film Bulletin vol.46 (September-October 1977) – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.243 no.31 (15 October 1976) p.15 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.247 no.3 (20 June 1977) p.2 – note
  • Image et Son no.327 (April 1978) pp.21-22 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.45 no.539 (December 1978) pp.240-241 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.164 (11 November 1978) p.17 – review
  • Shivers no.62 (February 1999) pp.18-21 – illustrated article
  • Strange Adventures no.54 (vol.5 no.6 June 1994) p.17 – illustrated review (by Jeff Young)
  • Variety 20 December 1978 p.30 – credits, review (by Simo)


  • 100 American Horror Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.95-96
  • Anatomy of the Slasher Film: A Theoretical Analysis by Sotiris Petridis pp.135, 141
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.321-322
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke p.90
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.272, 318, 328, 339
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.255
  • Film Review 1979-80 by F. Maurice Speed p.145
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.170-171
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.478-482 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.248-250
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.83-84
  • Retro Screams: Terror in the New Millennium by Christopher T. Koetting pp.92-100; 383-384 – illustrated essay; credits