"Hills" Remake Too Intense for an R Rating!

by | November 30, 2005 | Comments

Those who bemoan the current state of PG-13-ish horror (like me) should find this report from Empire Online to be an equal dose of good news and bad. The upcoming remake of "The Hills Have Eyes" has recently received an NC-17 from the MPAA, and producer Wes Craven is required to deliver an R. So it’s back to the editing booth for director Alex Aja … at least until the DVD comes out.

"If you thought that Wes Craven’s 1977 horror classic "The Hills Have Eyes," in which a suburban family are terrorised in the desert by a family of inbred mutants, was too intense and disturbing, then prepare yourself for the forthcoming remake – because you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Says who? Well, Craven himself, who’s producing the new movie, directed this time by "Switchblade Romance" ("High Tension") helmer, Alexandre Aja. At the moment, the new "Hills" – starring Aaron Stanford, Kathleen Quinlan and Ted Levine – is so intense and gory that the American ratings board, the MPAA, have given it the dreaded NC-17, aka commercial suicide.

“It’s a very strong picture and we’re trying to figure out what to do with that, without ruining it,” says a perplexed Craven, speaking to Empire yesterday. “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.”

Craven confirmed that Aja is still cutting the movie, and with a March 10 release date (both here and in the States), there’s plenty of time to meet the MPAA’s strict demands. But don’t worry, gore fans – “We can put it all full strength on the DVD, though,” laughs Craven. “We’ll be able to do that.”"

Head on over to Empire Online for the entire juicy scoop, but tread lightly, newcomers; there’s spoilers in them "Hills"!