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A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert
Following the events of the first movie, this time around a National Guard unit is sent to drop off supplies to a group of scientists at Section 16, which is part of an army military zone in New Mexico. This National Guard unit, however, is still in training and can't do much of anything right – their last training mission ended with 17 civilian casualties and then entire unit getting killed. When they get to Section 16, they find the science outpost deserted and can't seem to raise anyone on the comm radio due to interference by all the hills around them. As they go searching for the scientists (after seeing a signal from atop the nearby mountain) they soon find themselves in the fight of their lives... cannibalistic, superhuman mutants live in the hills and they're intent on killing the men and raping the women.
"The Hills Have Eyes 2" is mediocre at best. Personally, I've never seen the first movie and frankly I don't care to based on the sequel. There was nothing new or interesting in this movie that I haven't seen in other (and better) horror movies. Everything seemed to be done by-the-book: the characters can't get along and don't work together, so that all get picked off one at a time; the main bad guy had to be killed several times (so cliché); the hot chick survives (of course); and the list goes on. It was all very cliché and rather dull. In addition, the blonde female lead looked just like Tara Reid (perhaps a long lost sister) and that's just a bad omen for any movie. Overall, this movie had all the elements of a bad, by-the-book horror movie and really wasn't worth the admission price. It may be worth a DVD rental if you're a die-hard horror fan, but that's about it. It's definitely didn't impress me and I'd much rather re-watch "Aliens" instead of this movie any day.
All in all, I'd give this movie 2 STARS (out of 5). Re-watch value: NONE (Seeing this once was more than enough because there are FAR better horror movies out there to re-watch instead... like "Aliens").
I have one question to the producers of this movie…WHY?!! In Hills 2 what started with the Carter family obviously didn't end with them, although it should have. A routine mission with National Guard soldiers stop at the New Mexico outpost, only to find a deserted research camp. After spotting a distress signal in the mountain range, the team decides to commit to a search and rescue mission. Little do they know these are the very hills that the ill fated Carter family once visited and that a tribe of cannibalistic mutants lie in wait and this time, there is an even larger force of evil at work that is intent on the soldiers' very destruction. Much like this movie, the forces of evil are intent upon its destruction.
Being a big Wes Craven fan (the co-writer for this movie) I'm surprised at how bad this was. I would have thought they would have stopped with the first one, which wasn't very good either, but to continue into a sequel…bad move. This movie had as many plot holes as the mountain it crawled out from (like how the National Guard was displayed as a bunch of mindless amateurs who didn't have a clue how to act under a combat situation). To me it seemed that the producers wanted to make a buck off the first one and decided to throw something together at the last minute and throw fake blood on it and call it a movie. Although some of the newer actors did a very commendable job, they just couldn't hold this together and keep it from being cannibalized from within. Mr. Craven…why?
Overall Rating: 1.5 Stars (out of 5). Re-Watch Value: None (Not even Netflix worthy.)