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The Hills Have Eyes 2

1 rating: -1.0
A horror movie directed by Martin Weisz

   For die-hard horror fans, The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a knock-off remake/sequel that delivers a few queasy thrills. While it represents a minor improvement over the 1985 sequel to Wes Craven's 1977 original (you know, the one with the … see full wiki

Tags: Movies
Genre: Horror
Release Date: March 23, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about The Hills Have Eyes 2

You can quickly see what went wrong here...........

  • Aug 29, 2007
Rating:
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And see why the movie has received such a low rating. I will comment on two things: the poor script and the unrealistic portrayal of the military (you will see what I mean). As far as the script, I think John Craven (son) wrote it over-night and Wes did not review it. From the beginning, though a somewhat brutal mutant birth sequence, the film resembles something that would go straight to video. Sure a few heads get smashed, some limbs get chopped, and a gratuitous rape scene is included, but "The Hills Have Eyes 2" doesn't have that level of brutality that made the first so fun. Plus most of the kills are quite cartoonish and campy.

In interviews the actors talk about the relationships between their characters- but there is really nothing here more than the generic. None of the characters develop (more than they scream) and the whole subtlety of human interaction is washed away in an ocean of fake blood. While genre veteran Jeff Kober The First Power may be recognizable, the remaining stars are unknown model types garbed in army fatigues who spits out generic lines such as "God doesn't know this place." The acting chops of Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan are sorely missed here. To make things interesting, while our motley group of National Guardsmen and women are ill trained, idiotic in behavior and completely incompetent, the new breed of mutants are smart, quick and strong. However, this gets old quick unless the kills are cool or the plot is fun. We get neither. While it's always fun to see how many blows it takes to kill the final baddie in a horror film, the hike through these "Hills" is barely worth your time. The final battle between the hulking mutant Papa Hades (played by the same guy who played Pluto in last year's film) and remaining soldiers is once again inadvertently staged for more laughs than shocks.

While video directors turned first-time film directors are always apt to disappoint (Martin Weisz, this time, who has more than 350 videos to his credit), I'm surprised at this mediocre effort given the writing credits of Wes Craven and son Jonathan. While the story hints at a government project harnessing the power of the mutant offspring in the A-bomb charred remains of New Mexico desert, it only tells enough to suggest yet another sequel or should we say Prequel (hopefully). Maybe this time around we will finally get the "Hills" trilogy that we were promised. Other then that "The Hills have Eyes II" is therefore convicted of that most heinous of cinematic sins- it is both unintelligent and uninteresting. It tortures the eyeballs without justifying the torture it puts us through.

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February 14, 2011
I just re-watched this yesterday and i swear its worse this time around. Not only was it borderline corney....but the acting blah terrible! Being as i am a marine and its driven into our heads that we are so far superior to other branches id always thought that was why i thought the national guards where so funny, but after my re-watch i see how badly scripted n dumb they where! I mean come on nobody would ever leave their firearm unattended when they are in high alert mode...and accidently shooting their sergent?? Please! Great review, i have to agree with you though...this walk in the hills will leave you sore!
 
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