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Genre: Horror/Thriller
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)

Opening Day: 19 April 2007

Synopsis :

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.

Movie Review:

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).

It 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.

Depending 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?

Although 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.

And these guys really make Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) look like a pussy.

While 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.

That officially makes this movie a dim-witted production.

You’d 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 used.

This 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 in there!”

When the whole theatre laughs at a joke like that, we seriously don’t know how to describe our sense of humour.

Father 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.

All 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.

Movie Rating:

(The customary violence and gore in the movie will appeal only to horror fans who enjoy all things bloody)

Review by John Li


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