Personally, I can only handle movies about "blood-thirsty mutant famil[ies]" if they're campy, and after watching the trailer for Alexandre Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes, I feel confident reporting that this one is very serious indeed. Aja's version of producer Wes Craven's horror classic has been in the news because of its battle with the MPAA over the film's NC-17 rating (no update on that, as far as we know), but fans of the original are hopeful that Craven's involvement will ensure a quality product.

While we won't know until March if the movie is actually any good, the trailer is awfully promising. It opens with great, news-reel style footage of nuclear tests, accompanied by text about mutation and fallout. Then the images switch to the present day, and the soundtrack turns to the Mamas and the Papas' California Dreamin'. How awesome is that? All bouncy and optimistic-sounding, thinking about sunshine and freedom - and the scary starts. Happily, none of the extreme, NC-17-style violence is featured, but it's very effectively suggested, and the editing creates incredible tension. I've said many times here that I carefully avoid horror movies, but this thing looks good. It might even turn out to be one of those rare remakes that is actually welcomed by fans of the original.

[via Twitch]
categories Cinematical