The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)

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3.0 Overall Score
Story: 3/10
Acting: 3/10
Visuals: 3/10

Some scares

Not very inspired or scary

Movie Info

Movie Name:  The Hills Have Eyes 2

Studio:  Dune Entertainment

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  June 23, 2007

MPAA Rating:  R

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Great…you just ruined my government issued uniform!

A military science experiment falls victim to mutants in the hills and the only hope of stopping them is a group of untested National Guard reservists.  As the horror grows, getting down from the mountain will be the first challenge, but surviving the horrors of the mutants might be impossible.

Directed by Martin Weisz, The Hills Have Eyes 2 was a sequel to the 2006 remake of Wes Craven’s 1977 horror classic (and not to be confused with the 1984 sequel to the original film).  The film was poorly received by critics and did not fare as well at the box office.

The original version of The Hills Have Eyes is a very creepy concept and the remake was a decent retelling of the story.  While moments of The Hills Have Eyes 2 were quite gross and disgusting, this sequel lacks the real jumps and scares of either previous incarnations.

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Hey, did one of you guys lose part of an arm?

The movie substitutes scare for gore.  Scenes like the horrible rape sequence and general disgusting kills were meant to carry the story which has no substance or heart.  The generic “military exercise” idea of the film.  This military exercise theme has been used over-and-over again probably due to the success of Aliens, but the difference between this and Aliens is that you had some interest invested in the characters…here there is none.

The movie chose to cast unknowns for the roles.  It would have helped if there had been a known anchor actor to lead the group…then you might have had a character to associate with instead of a bunch of characters that you don’t care if they survive or die.

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I’m your boyfriend now! Hey, Freddy Krueger has nothing on me!

The movie also suffers from some confusing editing.  The gory horror sequences just aren’t put together very well and sometimes the action sequences can be hard to follow.  I do like the one mutant who has a rocky epidermis, but besides the reveal that he is blending in with the stones, little is done with him and the other mutants which at least had a family status in the first film.

The Hills Have Eyes 2 isn’t a very good or scary horror film.  There are a few jumps but not enough to justify sitting through the tired story and so-so visuals.  If you are in the mood for the thrills of the original or the remake just watch them over again instead of visiting the hills again with this sequel.

Related Links:

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

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