I don't know what it is with the upcoming horror films to find their way into theatres in 2006, but a good few have now found themselves battling the MPAA over rating. It looks like getting stamped with an NC-17 rating is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
The Hills Have Eyes for the MPAA
According to EMPIRE, Wes Craven has to begin working with director Alexandre Aja to bring their upcoming film The Hills Have Eyes back down to an respectable 'R' rating.
The Hills Have Eyes is about a family whose camper breaks down in the desert on their way to California, and then must struggle to survive the attacks of a bizarre cannibalistic family, hungry for fresh meat and determined to terrorize the innocent vacationers. As members of the Carter clan fall prey to these inbred marauders, only a son and daughter remain to rescue their kidnapped infant and seek vengeance against the savages who have destroyed their family.
If you’re wondering why, just bear in mind that the first film featured a gruelling sequence where the mutants attack the family in their trailer, and kill nearly everyone. That sequence remains in the 2006 version, but considerably amped up.
“It's intense. Very intense. The attack on the trailer in my film was horrible, but it was over fairly fast,” adds Craven. “This one goes on almost ten full minutes. It’s fairly faithful to the original, but Alex added other things that also make it worse, what’s happening to these people. It’s protracted. It’s a long, slow process rather than being a chaotic, relatively fast process. It’s just too much for people that have to rate it, by a mile.”
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.”
To check out the entire report on the MPAA rating of The Hills Have Eyes, head over to EMPIRE.
The Hills Have Eyes comes to theatres on March 17th, 2006.