Directed by Martin Weisz
Written by Wes Craven and Jonathan Craven
Starring a bunch of people in a lot of different roles, including Jessica Stroup as PFC Amber Johnson, Jacob Vargas as PFC ‘Crank’ Medina and Lee Thompson Young as PFC Delmar Reed, The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a hackney attempt at action, horror, and filmmaking in general.
Why? Why did they make a sequel to a mediocre remake of a mediocre horror film? The invention of mutated beasts from nuclear testing should have died out with the original Godzilla, the giant ants in Them and all of the other creatures in all of other creature features of the 1950s. When we think of mutations, our first thought should be of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The monstrosities in these movies should stay in print, and should never make it onto celluloid. They’re disgusting. They’re not scary, they’re the foulest things ever conceived of.
On top of the gross creatures in this movie, we’ve got a group of soldiers in the National Guard trying to figure out what happened to a camp full of nuclear testing scientists. Everyone is gone. The place looks almost untouched. It’s a real mystery for these rocket scientist soldiers we’re supposed to be relating to.
They split into two teams. One by one, almost every soldier in the platoon is picked off by people or creatures living out of caves. These inhabitants of this desert-like area show absolutely no mercy. In fact, they’re all quite fond of raping women and ripping skin off men’s backs. Slowly but surely, the soldiers figure out who they’re fighting. They gear up like a bunch of wannabe Rambos, and set out to search and destroy the mutated killers in the cliffs.
If you’ve ever seen James Cameron’s masterpiece, Aliens, you’ll be able to notice many similarities in The Hills Have Eyes 2 a mile away. In fact, it is possible that writers, Wes Craven and Jonathon Craven might have based most of this movie on that far superior sequel. This is not the most original concept. If a family or small group of nobodies can’t win, send the marines in to wipe out the evil threat. James Cameron practically made this story structure a category all its own when he released Aliens back in 1986. There is no better example of a military presence inside of a horror story. The Hills Have Eyes 2 is no exception.
The film is hackney from start to finish. I wouldn’t even qualify this stinker as a good independent horror film. And, I cannot recommend anyone even rent The Hills Have Eyes 2 on DVD. If nothing else, watch the original and or the remake.
Featurette: “Mutant Attacks”
Featurette: “Birth of a Graphic Novel”
Documentary featurette: “Exploring the Hills”
“Fox Movie Channel Presents: Life After Film School with Wes Craven”
Most if not all of the cast
Cécile Breccia plays a Pregnant Woman
Michael Bailey Smith plays Papa Hades
Archie Kao plays Dr. Han
Jay Acovone plays Dr. Wilson
Jeff Kober plays Col. Lincoln Redding
Philip Pavel plays Dr. Paul Foster
David Reynolds plays Hansel
Tyrell Kemlo plays Stabber
Lee Thompson Young plays PFC Delmar Reed
Daniella Alonso plays PFC ‘Missy’ Martinez
Eric Edelstein plays Cpl.’Spitter’ Cole
Jessica Stroup plays PFC Amber Johnson
Joseph Beddelem plays an Insurgent
Jason Oettle plays Letch
Jacob Vargas plays PFC ‘Crank’ Medina
Ben Crowley plays PFC ‘Stump’ Locke
Michael McMillian plays PFC David ‘Napoleon’ Napoli
Reshad Strik plays PFC Mickey Elrod
Fatiha Quatili plays Afghan Woman
Flex Alexander plays Sgt. Jeffrey ‘Sarge’ Millstone
Derek Mears plays Chameleon
Gáspár Szabó plays Sniffer