Director: Martin Weisz
Cast: Michael McMillian, Jessica Stroup,
Daniella Alonso, Jacob Vargas
RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: R21 (Violence)
Day: 19 April 2007
Horror legend Wes Craven and Jonathan Craven co-write
the sequel to the 2006 horror hit re-make, The Hills Have
Eyes. What started with the Carter family, clearly didn’t
end with the Carter family. As part of a routine mission,
a unit of National Guard soldiers stops at a New Mexican outpost
only to find the isolated research camp mysteriously deserted.
After spotting a distress signal in a distant mountain range,
the team decides to commence a search and rescue mission into
the hills. Little do they know that these are the very hills
that the ill-fated Carter family once visited, and that a
tribe of cannibalistic mutants lies in wait. And this time,
there is an even larger force of evil at work that is intent
on the soldiers’ very destruction.
It is not important to know who stars in this slasher movie.
It is also not important to know who directed this sequel
to the successful The Hills Have Eyes (2006).
is important, however, to know who sits beside you during
this 89-minute brainless thriller which involves lots of gore,
violence, blood, human innards and all things disgusting.
on what kind of movie-goer you are, a timid screaming female
viewer who jumps and shrieks at every scary scene may either
amuse you or piss you off. Come on, the plot isn’t even
that creepy – what’s up with these folks?
the story isn’t the most important thing in a movie
like that, we are going to tell you anyway: A group of soldiers
stumble upon an abandoned training ground and find themselves
being killed off one by one in the most disgusting ways, thanks
to a group of equally-disgusting mutants.
these guys really make Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
look like a pussy.
some monsters are not too proud of their hideous appearance,
the mutants in this movie do not attempt to conceal their
grotesque faces with masks. Their ugliness is reflected in
the way they dispose the humans as well, hence giving the
flick’s R21 rating for strong violence and gore. As
if the victims’ predictable and convenient stereotypes
of unintelligence aren’t enough, the monsters here aren’t
too smart either.
officially makes this movie a dim-witted production.
know the silly humans would die off one by one, you’d
know the monsters would be destroyed one by one. What you
wouldn’t know is how much fake blood and props the filmmakers
is also why we don’t understand why certain timid screaming
female viewers still jump and shriek their lungs out. We were
stunned by them more than what was happening on the screen.
To be fair, the movie does have some funny moments which you’d
chuckle at. Case in point: When a hand suddenly reaches out
from the toilet bowl to scare one of the characters, he runs
out of the lavatory and shouts “There’s a Shit-Man
the whole theatre laughs at a joke like that, we seriously
don’t know how to describe our sense of humour.
and son team Wes and Jonathan Craven may have put effort into
writing the screenplay for this picture, with hopes of turning
it into a cult movie. But with so many other senseless slasher
flicks out there, this one doesn’t have what it takes
to stand out.
that you’d remember is the timid screaming female viewer
next to you who keeps jumping and shrieking at every startling
scene in the movie.
customary violence and gore in the movie will appeal only
to horror fans who enjoy all things bloody)
Review by John Li