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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Off The Shelf: The Hill Have Eyes

The Hills Have Eyes: The BeginningThe Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning
is a graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by John Higgins. This prequel to the new series of The Hill Have Eyes films was released by Fox Atomic Comics in July of 2007.

The book is a gritty, bloody account told by the former citizens of a ficticious small New Mexico town as the U.S. Army turns it into an A-bomb proving ground. The book provides a lot of firsts for the hill-dwelling folk such as the first mutant births and the first cannibal brunch.

Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes series is fascinating due to the number of intersecting themes that run through the characters. One, an isolated clustered population living well outside societal norms due to circumstances beyond their control. Two, the necessary savagery found by the Hillies and their prospective victims to survive - changing them from anonymous, unlikeble and out-of-touch suburbanites into fearsome, nearly inarticulate killers.


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