Of all the recent horror movie remakes that have been released over the past few years (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Fog, Amityville) I'd have to say that this one is the absolute best. Not only was the original film the type that you would normally remake (i.e. it was shit), it totally benefits from today's technology to make it what it should have been in the first place. The story of a family that's traveling through the desert on their way to San Diego and find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere with a group of mutant cannibals who want to kill and eat them... and not in that order. Director Alexandre Aja, who helmed High Tension, was the perfect choice to take the reigns of this film since he seems to like to make 70s style exploitation horror ditties. His style and attention to character development works wonders to get you involved with the goings on, and he NEVER skimps on the gore. This is one of the most brutal, violent and disturbing horror movies I've seen in a long time (that breast feeding scene gave me the willies), and since you give a crap about the characters you end up rooting for them and cheering them on when they step up to take a stand against their tormentors. Plus it features the coolest fucking dog to ever star in a movie! A surprisingly awesome horror opus!
4.5 out of 5