Before being sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends take one last road trip, but when they get into an accident, a terrifying experience will take them to a secluded house of horrors, with a chainsaw-wielding killer.
A team of trainees of the National Guard brings supply to the New Mexico Desert for a group of soldiers and scientists that are installing a monitoring system in Sector 16. They do not find anybody in the camp, and they receive a blurred distress signal from the hills. Their sergeant gathers a rescue team, and they are attacked and trapped by deformed cannibals, having to fight to survive.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
After the sensational remake last year that was leaps and bounds better than the original 1977 production, the future of The Hills Have Eyes franchise looked very promising indeed. The remake put director Alexandre Aja, who was also behind 2005's horror masterpiece High Tension, into the spotlight. While Aja remains absent in the sequel, his directing style is mimicked almost perfectly in this newest installment of horror master Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes. This time around, Wes Craven worked closely with his son, Jonathan Craven, to develop a script that would please the fans and take the series in a completely new direction. Martin Weisz takes over the directing chair for The Hills Have Eyes II, bringing the grizzly and dark horror script to the screen in gritty colors and nasty splashes of extreme gore. For horror fans, The Hills Have Eyes II is the treat of a lifetime. Michael McMillian, Jessica Stroup, Daniella Alonso, and Jacob Vargas are the main players in this highly entertaining horror sequel.
After the events which took place in the first film, the remaining four family members made it to safety. The National Guard was sent in to secure the area of Numa Flats, New Mexico, along with scientists that were testing the area for nuclear radiation. When the National Guard arrives and discovers the place completely deserted, they get lured deep within the hills where a menacing family of inbred, cannibalistic mutants, starts picking them off one by one.
The plot is different than one would expect, and while the concept sounds rather ridiculous, most of the movie is actually pulled off quite well. The events play off like a weird mix of Wrong Turn, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Descent. The makeup of the mutants is very realistic and, at times, incredibly disturbing. There is a whole new batch of mutants to be seen in the second helping of Hills; Chameleon has a nasty growth on his back that makes him look like a big chunk of rock, blending in with his surrounding, and there are many others with equally strange and innovative abilities that they use to pick off the humans like flies. Just like in the first Hills, this second installment also contains a rape scene, but the one here is far more realistic and frightening. The atmosphere and overall tone of the film is increasingly effective, and the soundtrack is often fitting with the situations.
The acting is probably the movie's weakest point. Besides the acting from the two leads Napoleon and Amber, the acting is pretty hokey and ridiculous. Much better actors could have been selected for a picture like this. There are loads more characters in this film, which makes for more deaths and, somehow, more character development. We already know these characters because they're mostly stereotypes, and that is why they are so likable. The deaths splatter all kinds of blood everywhere, and they never really seem to hold anything back. The length of the movie, which could have been a major problem being so short, was actually perfect. It never dragged on and it never felt too short, although the movie is pretty fast-paced. The action is tense, and the suspense is perfectly built with careful precision. It is pretty obvious that, unlike most of his other projects, Wes Craven actually put a great deal of work into making this new Hills the best it could possibly be.
For being the sequel to a remake, The Hills Have Eyes II is, for the most part, surprisingly solid. This movie takes the series in a new direction with excellent deaths and edge-of-your-seat action. Which leaves one remaining question: is it better than the remake? The remake was certainly loads better than the original, and this one is right on par with the remake. It has more characters and character development, more gore and blood, better mutants, and an interesting plot. If they ever make a third Hills, it will be extremely difficult to top this movie in any way. While Dead Silence was a highly original horror throwback to past horror movies, The Hills Have Eyes II is a ghastly, disgusting horror thrill ride that will be remembered for years to come.
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