The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) Movie Review

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2007 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action
89 minutes /

User Score: 73/100

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The Hills Have Eyes 2 Review


A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.

The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) is an American horror film that had an estimated budget of $15 million and grossed over $37.4 million at the box office and is the sequel to The Hills Have Eyes (2006) which was a remake of The Hills Have Eyes (1977). Director Martin Weisz (Grimm Love (2006), Squatters (2014), 60 Seconds (2002)) did an average job executing the story revolving around several U.S. Army National Guardsmen in a military base in the New Mexico in the desert battling mutant people to survive.

The Hills Have Eyes 2 is set in the Yuca Mountains, New Mexico, which was Sector 16 of a classified U.S. Army base in the 50’s and 60’s but have been decommissioned after an A-Bomb and nuclear tests. The surrounding areas of the mines and mountains now house merciless disfigured/warped mutants who became that way from decades of isolation and radiation poisoning. There is a secret operation going on at the base on where a group of scientists and Army personnel is installing surveillance, and monitoring devices are seen, but no information was disclosed to us. We can guess that there is a problem that the U.S. Army are getting ready to fix/neutralize before anyone finds out.

The movie got a little interesting when a group of National Guards who are still trainees are assigned to deliver supplies to the base. They thought it was going to be easy, but they were wrong, it was not an easy drop-off. The group found the base to be disheveled and abandoned of life leading them to investigate a signal coming from the mountain above them. We all know what occurs next, and it is no surprise that chaos ensues them as the team splits up while someone gets injured as they now know the danger they stand in. The characters are axed off one by one.

Wes Craven teams up with his son, Jonathan Craven to write the screenplay for this film but Jonathan has a far road ahead of him because his talent is nowhere next to his dad. I gave this movie a five because the special effects, monsters, intense scenes and gory was on point and excellent. The music felt cold and was not enjoyable as well as the sound effects. The actors did not help much with their average performances and the dialog was.., well I am not sure what to say, but it was not okay. There was only one character development in this film, and that was the transformation of Private Napoleon, who transformed from a wimpy/dweeby pushover to an assertive soldier. I did not like the rape scene in the original and extremely disliked the rape scene in this film because it is more unsettling than the one in its predecessor The Hills Have Eyes.

About The Hills Have Eyes 2 2007

Title: The Hills Have Eyes 2
AKA: The Hills Have Eyes II
Year: 2007
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.65/5 stars from 15 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 15
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Derek Mears, David Reynolds, Daniella Alonso, Eric Edelstein, Jason Oettle, Michael Bailey Smith, Joseph Beddelem, Jacob Vargas, Jessica Stroup, Michael McMillian, Jay Acovone, Philip Pavel, Ben Crowley, Reshad Strik, Fatiha Quatili, Flex Alexander, Jeff Kober, Jeremy Goei, Gáspár Szabó, Ashley O'Connor, Cécile Breccia, Archie Kao, Tyrell Kemlo, Lee Thompson Young
Writers: Wes Craven, Jonathan Craven
Director: Martin Weisz