The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) Review

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The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on July 21st, 2020 | Movie Review | Survival, Mutant, Cannibalism, Desolate, Gore, War

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It's about a group of the most poorly trained National Guard troops you'll ever see tasked with hunting down the most experienced of cannibal killers.

The Hills Have Eyes 2 was directed by Martin Weisz, his only horror movie ever, and stars Michael Bailey Smith (from Thirsty), Jeff Kober (from Lost Voyage, The Baby Doll Murders and The First Power) and David Reynolds (from Night of the Dead: Leben Tod and Legend of the Sandsquach). Had a bunch of other people too, but they never did any horror before or since.

Help isn't coming.

The original Hills Have Eyes from 1977 sucked, no offense to the late great Wes Craven. The sequel sucked too, again, no offense. The Hills Have Eyes reboot from 2006 was incredible, a perfect example of how a horror reboot should be. I put it up there with other legendary reboots like Evil Dead and The Fly. Kudos to producer Wes Craven. But, the suckage returned with The Hills Have Eyes 2 from 2007, no offense to the late great Wes Craven. If you don't want to believe me just follow the money. The Hills Have Eyes reboot pulled in five times its budget while this sequel pulled in two.

The problem with this sequel is that it comes across as a B-movie version of its predecessor. It's basically the same movie if you replace the stranded family with a stranded group of misfit National Guard trainees. Of course, the family wasn't equipped with military weaponry. That's what makes this sequel slip into B-territory. Two organized military squads (the trained squad and the trainee squad sent to save them) are somehow wiped out by mutant cannibals. Sure, the trainees make a lot of dumb mistakes, but still, the machine guns and protective armor should have given them an edge.

Also, the angle that made the original so interesting (miners turned mutants thanks to nuclear testing) is gone in this sequel. There's no suspense, no twists, no creepy gas station attendants, no underdogs fighting for survival. There's just a bunch of weekend warriors and unusually energetic cave dwellers playing war games out in the desert for 90 minutes.

Worth Watching?

Nope, not at all. Good sequels either give you more of what you liked from the original or a progression of the story. The Hills Have Eyes 2 gives you neither.

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