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C&L's Sat Nite Chiller Theater: 'The Hills Have Eyes' (1977)

One of Wes Craven's best horror films.

Not to date myself, but I saw this in the movies when it opened and it scared the sh*t out of me and my friends. The brutality was shocking at the time, including hearing lines like, "Baby's fat. You fat... fat and juicy."

Best Horror Movies

What if you suddenly find yourself smack dab in the middle of a VERY scary place with evil creatures after you…and there is nowhere to hide…no one to help you. That’s helplessness…and that’s horror. Aside from the overall element of isolation with no means of assistance, what strikes me is the simple fact that while inside that trailer there is just a thin wall between you and whatever is lurking outside. I remember as a child hearing noises outside and wondering if it was a bear…or a mountain hillbilly playing dueling banjos. Usually, of course, the sound was nothing but a pinecone falling or something like that…but The Hills Have Eyes shows us what that noise could be if it is actually not a pinecone, but instead a horror worse than your most frightening imagining.

Think about that the next time you set up the ole’ pup-tent.

We also got to meet Dee Wallace, before she starred in The Howling, E.T., and Cujo!

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