Produced by Wes Craven himself, Alexander Aja’s remake of Craven’s cult 70s horror The Hills Have Eyes finished filming this summer in Madrid and is currently gearing up for a release around March next year.
With the original Hills featuring such nasty scenes as baby-snatching, burning bodies, slashed ankles and real dead dogs, and Alexandre’s Aja’s recent hit Haute Tension hopes were high for a real return to a gritty and intense horror film. Unfortunately, it seems they’ve reached too high, as the initial cut has received the NC-17 certificate by the MPAA.
Craven, Aja and Fox are now currently cutting back on some of the more brutal moments of the film in an effort to get an R-rating.
Speaking to Empire, Craven said “ We have to deliver an R rating. We looked at it last night in the screening room and before we started, we said to Alex ‘what do you think?’ And he said ‘this is a PG-13 now’. And one of our producers said ‘Alex, can we commit you to an insane asylum if this isn’t an R?’ and then he showed it to us and ohmigod, there’s no way you would get an R for that.”.
Let’s hope the US finally receive an uncut DVD release, and that the BBFC are a bit more forgiving when they take their look at Aja’s intended cut.
The Hills Have Eyes stars Aaron Stanford (Pyro in X2), Vinessa Shaw, Kathleen Quinlan and Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs).
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