Movies reviewed this week: The Killers and The Hills Have Eyes.
10/3/2020: The Killers (1964): ***
The bits with Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager were the best part; nothing wrong with Cassevetes but he wasn’t as gonzo as the hitmen were. On the whole I preferred Burt Lancaster but this is worth seeking out.
10/4/2020: The Hills Have Eyes (1977): ****
Thanks, Criterion Channel! Grimy as hell, sun drenched in a terrifying way, and one of those practical effects probably had a really grim backstory. The grandfather’s casual racism stands out early (I went back, and yep, he used that word) — I wonder if Craven meant that to be yet another reason why the family was dislikable? It sure worked if so, and goes nicely with the blind assumption that a little prayer solves all woes.