Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 09 – Video Nasty - The Hills Have Eyes

In this episode Adam and Mark discuss Wes Craven’s 1977 Mystery/Horror directorial debut follow up - The Hills Have Eyes. This episode is the second in series of micro shows that dive into the three Video nasties that formed the basis of their 25 year friendship.

The Hills Have Eyes features a Cannibalistic mountain cave clan that stalk and eat stranded vacationers in the arid Southwest Californian desert. Directed by Wes Craven (The Last House on the Left 1972, A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984, Scream1996, Shocker 1989), Starring Susan Lanier as Brenda (Welcome Back, Kotter - Bambi Forster -1975-1977), Michael Berryman – Pluto (Weird Science - Mutant Biker- 1985, The Devil's Rejects – Clevon -2005, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest –Ellis – 1975, Wizards of the Demon Sword - Highway Man #1 – 1991, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time  - Pilgrim #1 – 1991, The Barbarian Brothers - Dirtmaster – 1987. Mötley Crüe: Home Sweet Home - Man with Phone-1985, Mötley Crüe: Smokin' in the Boys Room – principle 1985, The Ramones: Substitute - Bartender – 1994) and Dee Wallace – Lynne (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Mary (mum) -1982, Cujo - Donna Trenton (mum) – 1983, Critters – Helen Brown -1986, The Howling - Karen White – 1981 The Lords of Salem  - Sonny – 2012).

Plot - The film follows the Carters, a suburban family targeted by a family of cannibal savages after becoming stranded in the Nevada desert. While traveling in a trailer through the desert to California, the retired detective Big Bob Carter stops in an isolated gas station with his family for fuelling and rest. Bob is traveling with his wife Ethel, his son Bobby, his daughters Brenda and Lynn and his son-in-law and Lynn's husband Doug and their daughter baby Katy. When they leave the gas station, the owner advises Bob to stay in the main road. However, the stubborn driver takes a shortcut through a nuclear testing site and wrecks his station wagon. With the family stranded in the middle of nowhere, Bob and Doug walk on the road trying to find some help. Bob is captured by an insane and sadistic member of a deranged evil family that lives nearby the spot. Doug returns to the trailer, and along the night the Carter family is attacked by a group of psychotic cannibal criminals. Absolutely trapped by the murderers, they have to fight to survive.