The Hills Have Eyes 2
As part of a routine mission, a unit of National Guard soldiers stop at a New Mexico outpost in order to deliver equipment to a group of atomic scientists. When they arrive at the isolated research camp, however, they find it is mysteriously deserted. After spotting a distress signal in a distant mountain range, the team decide to embark on a search and rescue mission into the hills in order to locate the missing scientists.
Little do they know that these are the very hills that the ill-fated Carter family once visited, and that a tribe of cannibalistic mutants lies in wait. And this time, there is an even larger force of evil at work that is intent on the soldiers' very destruction: the worst of the worst - the family patriarch Papa Hades - plans to keep the women as breeders in order to ensure the survival of the mutant clan. Thus, the un-expecting group of soldiers must learn to band together against a foe that is intent on their very destruction.
I would recommend you watch the first DVD The hills have eyes, then this one.
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Hills Have Eyes 2
After a group of hapless National Guard troops fails a training exercise, their commanding officer (Flex Alexander, SNAKES ON A PLANE) orders them to deliver supplies to some scientists in Yuma Flats, New Mexico.
The mutants from the first film (the unfortunate victims who live on nuclear testing ground) have returned to terrorise a group of Department of Defence researchers. The unlucky soldiers happen upon the remains of their camp (and its denizens), and the horrors begin. The inbred family of cannibals stalks the soldiers and picks them off, one by one, in gruesome fashion.
Alejandre Aja (HIGH TENSION) directed the 2006 remake, but this sequel replaces Aja with Martin Weisz, whose first feature, ROHTENBERG, was banned in his native Germany. Written by genre master Wes Craven and his son Jonathan, THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 is a sequel to the remake of Craven's original 1977 film. Its no coincidence that Craven changed this sequels victims from a band of motorcyclists to a group of unlucky soldiers, giving the film political undertones. For a brief moment, this film addresses the idea that war may be the worst kind of horror, even when its judged against mutant cannibals.
The Hills Have Eyes 2 (DVD)
The hills are alive with the sound of mutants - and the US military - in the fourth instalment of Wes Craven's 30 year cannibal run
First, some history. The original The Hills Have Eyes (1977) was a cruel, endearingly amateurish and unapologetically red-blooded exploitation flick. Well, orange-blooded - hey, it was the 1970s. Bald men tried to eat babies, a civilised family stooped to the same level as the savages attacking them and nobody lived happily ever after.
The gleefully lame 1985 follow-up The Hills Have Eyes Part II, a show-me-the-money sequel in which even the dog has a flashback to the events of the first film, evinced a different kind of exploitation - a director cannibalising his own canon for cash. But hey, it was the 1980s.
Improbably, Alexandre Aja's 2005 remake was a resounding triumph: a teeth-rattling traumageddon complete with harrowing performances, showboating cinematography and more bald men - this time wielding chainsaws. There weren't many hills in it, though.
So what can audiences ask of this Craven-sanctioned sequel, penned by the canny old hack himself and - appropriately enough - his son, Jonathan? By Wes's own rules (see Scream 2) they should expect a bigger cast of cretinous cannon fodder (tick) and some increasingly elaborate death sequences (half a tick) - essentially more kills, and (ideally) more hills. Seeing as two of the villains are called Stabber and Grabber, however, the short answer is very little. One wonders what happened to Romper, Stomper, Donner and Blitzen.
Ever the revisionist, Craven has claimed his first effort channelled the spirit of Vietnam. It didn't. But as this sequel's new recruits, a squad of National Guard rookies led by kind-eyed pacifist Napoleon (McMillian), wander around fragging themselves and fighting an unseen enemy, it's tempting to draw parallels with Iraq and Afghanistan. In reality, ripping off genre benchmarks such as Aliens and The Descent in order to repeat the financial success of Aja's film probably had more bearing on the enterprise. But hey, it's the noughties.
"It's not about being scared, it's about not making idiotic and possibly suicidal decisions," says Napoleon, pretty much hitting the nail on the head as he finds himself up poo creek in Sector 16, a mutant-infested death valley. "It's a search-and-rescue mission, not spring break," counters Sergeant Clipper (Alexander). He's clearly not going to last to the end credits, but then neither are Edelstein's lisping radio operator or the gibbering man hiding in a chemical toilet who Napoleon nearly craps on - no kidding.
On its own terms, this is a brainless bonanza, as much a drinking game as a film. For a start it's got a slide in it, and no movie with a slide, from The Goonies to Jeepers Creepers and Shaun Of The Dead, has ever been unwatchable. There's also above-average acting, decent make-up, a fair few limbs lopped and an ace grabby, stabby final smackdown in which the fearsome Hades (Bailey Smith, looking like a rabid Incredible Hulk) receives a much-needed sledgehammer to the nuts. What more could you want? Dog flashbacks?
Frankly, anyone who doesn't get a frisson from watching colossal cannibals eating intestines, replying to the question "What's your name?" with the answer "Run away!" and then becoming big, squishy bayonet pin-cushions is watching the wrong film, albeit a better one.
Short on intelligence and on the verge of shooting itself in the foot!!
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The hills have Eyes 2 DVD.
This remake includes a storyline where Soldiers on a training exercise just happen to turn up at the location where the Carters(See the remake of The Hill's have Eyes 1)met their end.
The same inbred family(Those that survived!)kill the majority of the Soldiers,and their Doctor,but supposedly meet their match(I say supposedly as the ending with a lot of Horror Movies leaves the certainty of a further remake very likely!).
The cast are unknown to me,and the usual blood and gore is served up.
I found this remake a little tired, and think that another Movie would be one too many,but you could bet your last Dollar that another movie will be made.
I gave this a "Good" mark as the acting,and special effects are pretty good,but this formula is very tired,and I for one won't be anxiously waiting the next remake.
The Hills Have Eyes 2 (DVD)
The Hills Have Eyes II
Directed by: Martin Weisz
Starring: Daniella Alonso, Michael Mcmillian, Jessica Stroup, Jacob Vargas, Lee Thompson, Ben Crowley, Eric Edelstein, Flex Alexander
Running time: 98mins
Last year saw the unthinkable; a half decent horror remake. Wes Craven’s classic, ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ got French filmmaker, Alexandra Aja elbow deep in charred trailer driving family members and pi**ed off hillbillies, proving that all you need is a baseball bat and an Alsatian to win the day.
Now a fresh bunch of victims are on the way to that notorious mound from hell, and this time, they’re packin’ heat.
While on a training exercise, a bunch of privates are welcomed by the behemoth hillbillies who’ve got a hankering for a shoulder of soilder – yummy.
When one of the team is kidnapped and taken underground, the remaining militia go to get her back- banjos and Berettas at the ready.
As mentioned before it’s a rare thing to have a good horror remake, and a ‘Part II’ even more so, unfortunately, this one is neither.
This demeaning money making attempt of a sequel bares no connection to the previous hit. Where the 2006 mutants had drive, the sequel has boulder throwing Neanderthals at the wheel getting their eyes gauged out and their brains finger poked, by insipid and dim-witted victims.
What could have been recovery for the original sequel is nothing more then a bunch of dumbass soldiers signing up for the ‘Human cuisine for Hillbillies’ programme. Let’s hope that this visit to the Hills will be the last, eh?
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