Last night, Daniel’s friend Tom had a bunch of people over to watch a movie called “The Hills Have Eyes.” It’s apparently a Wes Craven movie that was made around 1976, and oh my god was it great. Hilariously bad (ie. blood that looked like Tempra paint, obnoxious shrieking girls, using girl’s dead mother as bait for the bad guys, etc.) and yet so great at the same time.
Actually, what was almost even better than the movie was the bonus DVD that included such gems as the German trailer for the film. The trailer was probably 5 minutes long, and said the name of the movie (while showing both the German and English titles on screen) probably ten times during the course of the trailer. I kept repeating the German version to Daniel because they said it so many times.
Then there were the promo posters and written advertisements for the film. One simply said something like:
They killed the mother.
They raped the sister.
They kidnapped the baby.
And now they’re coming to a theater near you.
Hilarious, I tell you. Then the still photo gallery had lots of glamour shots of Wes Craven with silly swooshy hair, and awkward group photos of the actors.
I love bad horror movies, and this one was perfect. The plot is described by IMDB as “A family going to California accidentally goes through an Air Testing range closed to the public. They crash and are stranded in a desert. They are being stalked by a group of people, which have not emerged into modern times.” The family consists of the following: a dad with heart problems, a Jesus-freak mother, the hot daughter, the other daughter with the accompanying husband and baby, and the brother who wears tiny basketball shorts and for some inexplicable reason begins doing gymnastics in the desert. They try to find a silver mine, crash in the desert, and then are attacked by weird crazy primal desert people who are named after planets.
How could it not have been great?