First Advisor

Kali Simmons

Date of Award

Spring 6-26-2023

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Film and University Honors

Department

Film

Language

English

Subjects

Wes Craven, Exploitation, Indigenous, Film, Horror

DOI

10.15760/honors.1357

Abstract

The year 1977 saw the release of Wes Craven’s second major production, The Hills Have Eyes. A film that sits within a filmic library of Craven that works to use the horror genre to reflect on and critique the American society that he lived in. The Hills Have Eyes employs the stereotypes that the films of John Ford helped to solidify in U.S. society. He does this in order to explore the tense historical relationships between Indigenous and United States settlers during the time of westward expansion. Using the white middle class Carter family to serve as settlers, and the Cannibals living in the hills as Indigenous people, Craven posits that not only has this violence been used to create U.S. society, but is is used to maintain a conservative white society.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/40257

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