The Hills Have Eyes 2

The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a 2007 American horror film and the sequel to the 2006 film, which itself was a remake of the 1977 horror film. The film follows several U.S. Army National Guard comrades as they fight for survival against the mutant people living in a military base in the New Mexico desert. The Hills Have Eyes 2 was directed by German film director Martin Weisz and written by father and son team Wes and Jonathan Craven.[3] A graphic novel titled The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning was published by Fox Atomic Comics to accompany the release of the film; it was released July 3, 2007.[4] The film stars Michael McMillian,[5] Jacob Vargas,[6] Flex Alexander[7] and Jessica Stroup.[6]

The Hills Have Eyes 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMartin Weisz
Written by
Based onCharacters created
by Wes Craven
Produced by
Starring
CinematographySam McCurdy
Edited by
  • Kirk M. Morri
  • Sue Blainey
Music byTrevor Morris
Production
companies
Fox Atomic
Dune Entertainment
Midnite Entertainment[1]
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million[2]
Box office$37.6 million[2]

PlotEdit

A captive woman, forced to breed mutant children, is unable to provide healthy offspring after giving birth to a stillborn and is killed by Papa Hades, leader of the inbred mutant clan living at a nuclear testing village in the New Mexico desert, designated as Sector 16. Following the events of the first film, the United States Department of Defense sent a military army to occupy the location and exterminate the remainder of the mutant clan. Colonel Lincoln Redding and a trio of scientists who are working in that area on installing a surveillance system are attacked by the mutants.

Later, a group of National Guardsmen in training led by Sergeant Jeffrey "Sarge" Millstone are sent into the desert to resupply the scientists. They arrive to find the base camp abandoned after the mutants' attack. When the soldiers pick up a faint distress call, Sarge organizes a search and rescue mission through the hills. Napoleon and Amber, who stay behind at the camp, find and retrieve one of the missing scientists out of the camp's portable toilet, but he dies before he can warn them. The two are then attacked by the mutants, who destroy their transport and steal their weapons, forcing them to run into the hills to warn the others. The search party is attacked by the mutants; Mickey is pulled into a bolt-hole and killed by Stabber, and Sarge is accidentally shot dead by Spitter's friendly fire just before Napoleon and Amber reunite with the group. Spitter is killed after one of the mutants sabotages his rappelling gear as the others try to lower him down the hill. With their remaining gear stolen, they are forced to try to find another way to escape.

The remaining troops soon locate Redding, mortally wounded and unhinged from the mutant's attack. He warns them of the mutants' plans to capture women for breeding and reveals an exit route through the mining caves before committing suicide. After the group kills Stabber, Missy is captured and taken into the mining caves by Chameleon, forcing the other troops to rescue her. Stump leaves the group to escape on his own before being pursued and killed by Letch while attempting to climb down the hill. Separating from Crank and Delmar, Napoleon and Amber cross paths with Chameleon, whom they manage to kill. While escaping Sniffer, they are rescued by a nonviolent mutant named Hansel; Sniffer encounters Crank and Delmar, shoots the latter with one of the group's M4's and is killed by Crank in retaliation. While Hansel leads them to the exit, Delmar dies from his wounds after arriving the mines' doorway. Napoleon joins Amber to save Missy. Crank, who is attempting to unlock the blast door, dies when accidentally triggering an explosion of a crate of dynamites that he attempts to take with him.

After killing Letch, Napoleon and Amber locate Missy who was being savagely raped by Papa Hades. After distracting him, they manage to free her, but Hades soon returns and attacks them, triggering a vicious fight until the trio finally subdues and kills the mutant leader with a bayonet. As the survivors prepare to depart the mines, they are watched by an unknown mutant using their surveillance equipment.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The Hills Have Eyes 2 began filming in the summer of 2006 in Ouarzazate, Morocco, where the previous movie was filmed. The alternative title was The Hills Have Eyes 2: The Hills Still Have Eyes.[citation needed]

Writer Wes Craven's initial inspiration for the film came during a casual conversation with producer Peter Locke. Craven envisioned that the previous film's character, Brenda (Emilie de Ravin), traumatized by her suffering during the events of The Hills Have Eyes, joins the National Guard to overcome her fears. Barely finished with basic training, Brenda receives a call from her sergeant, who explains that they are sending a team back to the New Mexico desert to eradicate the remaining mutants. Her sergeant and the team need her, for she is the only one left alive who knows the mutants' location. Because of de Ravin's involvement in the television show Lost, her schedule was unable to accommodate the filming of the sequel. Wes Craven replaced her character, but retained much of the original concept, including the group of National Guard soldiers in training.[8]

A one-minute teaser trailer was released on December 12, 2006. The teaser featured "Insect Eyes", a song by indie folk recording artist Devendra Banhart. In addition to that, a series of clips with an introduction by Wes Craven and a small gallery can be found on the Fox Atomic website. Also on Fox Atomic is a soundless clip of the mutant Grabber attacking Amber.

Craven originally looked at Michael J. Bassett, the director of Deathwatch, to take over the directing role, but ultimately chose Martin Weisz after scheduling conflicts with Bassett. The Hills Have Eyes 2 had a budget of $15 million.[9]

ReceptionEdit

The total gross at the box office of The Hills Have Eyes 2 was $37.6 million.[10]

Critical responseEdit

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 12% based on reviews from 68 critics and a rating average of 3.2 out of 10.[11] TV Guide gives the film one out of five stars.[12] Film critic Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote in his review which was printed in the Taipei Times: "The sequel of the remake of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes has mutated into a boring mess of a movie."[5] Review aggregator Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 32% based on 10 reviews.[13]

Critic Matt Zoller Seitz of The New York Times wrote in his review: "Wes Craven’s 1977 film, The Hills Have Eyes, in which suburbanites battled mutant cannibals, was a pulpy parable of the thin line separating civilization from savagery. The 2006 remake The Hills Have Eyes was basically the same movie with glossier production values and a less satirical, more bludgeoning approach to violence. This follow-up — in which National Guard trainees are trapped on a former atomic test site and are stalked by flesh-eating freaks headquartered in a warrenlike mountain hideout — is essentially a catalog of transgressive images, lighted and edited like a heavy-metal video."[14]

Scott Tobias of The A.V. Club wrote in his review: "The premise for The Hills Have Eyes 2, the quickie follow-up to Alexandre Aja's skillful but gratuitous 2006 remake of Craven's original, seems like a perfect opportunity to give the mutants their due, since it deploys a group of military people back to the scene of the crime. And yet it stupidly does the opposite, reducing the mutants to mine-dwelling freaks who murder and rape because, well, that's what they do. After a prologue so repugnant that it's unworthy of description, the film touches down in New Mexico's "Sector 15", where a handful of military technicians are busy installing a top-secret surveillance system. When a group of National Guard trainees are dispatched to the site to deliver equipment, they're shocked to discover the men either missing or dead, and they start combing the surrounding hills on a search-and-rescue mission. What they don't realize is that the mutants are luring them into various traps designed to kill the men and abduct the women for (ugh) breeding purposes. So it's up to these unseasoned and often downright inept soldiers to fight their way out of trouble. Directed by music-video veteran Martin Weisz—in the future, can producers please look elsewhere for talent?—The Hills Have Eyes 2 assembles the most motley group of incompetents this side of a Police Academy movie, yet somehow misses the laughs."[15]

ReleaseEdit

The Hills Have Eyes 2 was released in theatres on March 23, 2007.[14] The film was released on DVD on July 17, 2007, by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[16] The Hills Have Eyes 2 also grossed over $30 million in domestic DVD sales, for a total of $67,915,885.[17]

SoundtrackEdit

The Hills Have Eyes 2: The Album
Film score by
Various
ReleasedJuly 31, 2007
Genre
Length48:08
LabelBulletproof Records
The Hill Have Eyes chronology
The Hills Have Eyes
(2006)
The Hills Have Eyes 2: The Album
(2007)

The soundtrack was released on July 31, 2007 via Bulletproof Records.[18]

Track listing (US edition)[19]
  1. "The Hills Have Eyes" – Loudlion
  2. "My Fork in the Road (Your Knife in My Back)" – Atreyu
  3. "Unretrofied" – The Dillinger Escape Plan
  4. "Redemption" – Shadows Fall
  5. "Darkest Nights" – As I Lay Dying
  6. "Hard Rock Hallelujah" – Lordi
  7. "Prayers" – In This Moment
  8. "I Know Hollywood and You Ain't It" – Walls of Jericho
  9. "Throwing Stones" – The End
  10. "Failure in the Flesh – Through the Eyes of the Dead
  11. "Sleeping with the Fishes, See?" – The Number 12 Looks Like You
  12. "Own Little World" (Remorse Code Remix) – Celldweller

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Palmiotti, Jimmy; Gray, Justin (2007). The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning. Century City, Los Angeles: Fox Atomic Comics. ISBN 978-0061243547.
  5. ^ a b Bradshaw, Peter. "The hills are alive with the sound of hillbilly mutants". Taipei Times. Taipei, Republic of China: The Liberty Times Group. The Guardian. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "The Hills Have Eyes 2 – Unrated". Coming Soon. United States: AtomicMedia. July 9, 2007. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Flex Alexander". TV Guide. United States: NTVB Media (magazine) CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation) (digital assets). Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Carolyn, Axelle (February 2007). "The Hills Have Eyes 2- Military Fright". Fangoria. Vol. 28, no. 260. United States: The Brooklyn Company, Inc. ASIN B001QL5G42. ISSN 0164-2111. OCLC 4618144.
  9. ^ Goodman, Dean (March 25, 2007). "Four turtles overtake "300" soldiers at box office". Reuters. London: Thomson Reuters. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
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  12. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 2". TV Guide. United States: NTVB Media (magazine) CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation) (digital assets). Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 2". Metacritic. United States: CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  14. ^ a b Seitz, Matt Zoller (March 24, 2007). "Forget the Eyes. The Teeth and Tongues Are Worse". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  15. ^ Tobias, Scott (March 26, 2007). "The Hills Have Eyes 2". The A.V. Club. Chicago: The Onion, Inc. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
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  17. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 2". The Numbers. Beverly Hills, California: Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  18. ^ "Various — The Hills Have Eyes 2 — The Album". Discogs. Portland, Oregon: Zink Media, Inc. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  19. ^ "The Hills Have Eyes 2". Sound Track Info. United States: The MovieMusic Store. Retrieved January 29, 2017.

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