THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 (2007) Reviews and overview

  

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The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a 2007 American horror film, and the sequel to the 2006 film The Hills Have Eyes which was a remake of the 1977 film of the same name. This sequel was directed by German film director Martin Weisz and written by father and son team Wes and Jonathan Craven.

The movie stars Michael Bailey Smith as Papa Hades and Derek Mears as Chameleon, the main mutants and Jessica Stroup.

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Plot:

An isolated desert research camp has been mysteriously abandoned, and now it’s up to an elite unit of soldiers to uncover the truth about the scientists who vanished without a trace. Their attention is soon diverted by a distress signal emitting from a distant mountain range, the squadron quickly regroups and sets out to investigate.

Unbeknownst to the soldiers, however, is the fact that these are the very same hills where the Carter family recently fell prey to a flesh-eating pack of hideously deformed mutants.

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As the ranks of the cavalry unit steadily begin to dwindle, it soon becomes obvious that their guns provide little defence from an evil driven by hunger to commit the ultimate crime against humanity…

Craven originally looked at Michael J. Bassett, the director of Deathwatch, to take over the directing role, but ultimately chose Martin Weisz after scheduling conflicts with Bassett.

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This film did not repeat the box office success of the 2006 release.

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Reviews:

“On one of the extra features contained on The Hills Have Eyes 2 DVD, Wes Craven explains that they wanted to avoid making Aliens. Too bad, because that’s exactly what you did. But, this is an Earth-bound version of that film which contains no suspense and poorly-drawn characters.” DVD Sleuth

“The climactic scenes go for broke with the survivors attacking the mutant father who is shot in the brain with a bullet, then has Jessica Stroup squeeze her fingers into the brain tissue as he shoves her against the wall, followed by a spike driven through his midriff, a sledgehammer to his crotch and a bayonet down his throat, before he is finally brought down.” Moria

” …while there are a few interesting kills spread thinly throughout the movie’s overlong running time (ie the hapless victim who’s pulled into an impossibly tiny hole), there’s simply nothing holding the whole thing together. Exacerbating matters is the screenwriters’ refusal to flesh out these people even a little bit…” Reel Film Ruins

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Cast and characters:

Cécile Breccia … Pregnant Woman
Michael Bailey Smith … Papa Hades
Archie Kao … Han
Jay Acovone … Wilson
Jeff Kober … Redding
Philip Pavel … Foster
David Reynolds … Hansel
Tyrell Kemlo … Stabber
Lee Thompson Young … Delmar
Daniella Alonso … Missy
Eric Edelstein … Spitter
Jessica Stroup … Amber
Joseph Beddelem … Insurgent
Jacob Vargas … Crank
Ben Crowley … Stump
Michael McMillian … Napoleon
Reshad Strik … Mickey
Fatiha Quatili … Afghan Woman
Flex Alexander … Sarge
Jason Oettlé … Letch
Jeremy Goei … Clyde
Derek Mears … Chameleon
Gáspár Szabó … Sniffer

Filming locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco

Technical details:

1 hour 29 minutes
Audio: SDDS | Dolby Digital| DTS
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

Trailer:

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