THE HILLS HAVE EYES
That said, The Hills Have Eyes remains a little too much in the shadow of either The Last House on the Left or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It lacks the sheer savagery of Last Houses revenge scenes or the wild all-out intensity of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Wes Craven certainly generates a reasonable tension, agoraphobically constricting the film to a single stretch of road. However, the film loses atmosphere when it gets to the scenes with the family fighting back and it changes its nature from a primal attack film into more of an action piece. It becomes repetitive in all the runnings from Point A to Point B and back again. Moreover, the familys descent into barbarism and the savagery of their revenge is a much more muted theme than it was in The Last House on the Left. There is certainly the sense of a conservative family the father is a harsh authoritarian, a traditional Christian and a racist being brutalised and torn apart, and some nastiness people being dragged along attached to the wheels of a car, being blown up inside the campervan, and the final freeze-frame on a stabbing but The Hills Have Eyes lacks the vicious irony of Last Houses ending where the justice exacted by the family became more vicious than the original attacks.
The Hills Have Eyes was also notable for introducing to screens the bald-headed Michael Berryman who has since lent his bizarre presence to a number of genre films. The most notable name to emerge from the cast was Dee Wallace who would later go onto roles in The Howling (1980), Critters (1986) and of course as the mom in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
Wes Craven made a disappointingly poor sequel The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 (1985). The Craven-produced Mind Ripper (1995) purportedly started out as a third Hills Have Eyes film. This film was later remade as The Hills Have Eyes (2006), which in turn produced its own sequel The Hills Have Eyes II (2007).
Wes Cravens other genre films are Summer of Fear/Stranger in the House (1978), Deadly Blessing (1981), Swamp Thing (1982), Invitation to Hell (tv movie, 1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Chiller (tv movie, 1985), Deadly Friend (1986), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Shocker (1989), Night Visions (tv movie, 1990), The People Under the Stairs (1991), Wes Cravens New Nightmare (1994), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Scream (1996) Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Cursed (2005), My Soul to Take (2010) and Scre4m/Scream 4 (2011). Wes Craven has also written the scripts for A Nightmare on Elm Street III: The Dream Warriors (1987), Pulse (2006) and The Hills Have Eyes II, and produced Wishmaster (1997), Carnival of Souls (1998), Dont Look Down (1998), Dracula 2000 (2000), Feast (2006), The Breed (2006), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Last House on the Left (2009). He also created the tv series The People Next Door (1989) and Nightmare Cafe (1992).