The Hills Have Eyes 2
|The Hills Have Eyes 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Martin Weisz|
|Produced by||Wes Craven
|Written by||Wes Craven
|Music by||Trevor Morris|
|Edited by||Sue Blainey
Kirk M. Mom
|Distributed by||Fox Atomic|
|Running time||97 minutes|
The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a 2007 American horror film, and the sequel to the 2006 film The Hills Have Eyes which was a remake of the 1977 horror film The Hills Have Eyes. The film follows several heroic, but troubled, U.S. National Guardsmen as they fight for survival against the mutant people living in a military base in New Mexico. The Hills Have Eyes 2 was directed by German film director Martin Weisz and written by father and son team Wes and Jonathan Craven.
The film opens with a captive woman forced to breed mutant children being killed by mutant leader Papa Hades (Michael Bailey Smith), for being unable to provide healthy offspring. Some time later, a group of scientists working in the hills of the New Mexico desert are attacked by Letch (Jason Oettle).
A group of National Guard reservists in training are sent into the hills to resupply the scientists, who were working for the Department of Defense on installing a surveillance system (implied to be a result of the events in the first film). The soldiers arrive to find the camp apparently abandoned, with no sign of their commanding officer or any of the civilians, with outside radio contact impossible due to the topography. When the radio operator, Spitter (Eric Edelstein), picks up a faint distress call, the sergeant (Flex Alexander) organizes a search and rescue mission, leaving behind Napoleon (Michael McMillian) and Amber (Jessica Stroup).
The search party discovers the mutilated body of a scientist in the hills, while Amber and Napoleon pull another mutilated and dying scientist from beneath the portable toilet. On her way to join the group, Amber is attacked by Stabber (Tyrell Kemlo), but a returning (and injured) Mickey (Reshad Strik) wards him off. Just as Napoleon catches up, Mickey is pulled into a bolt-hole and killed. At the same time, the remaining troops are attacked by Letch, leading to the sergeant accidentally being killed by Spitter's friendly fire. Napolean and Amber reunite with the group, and Spitter is killed by an unseen mutant sabotaging his rappelling gear, as the others attempt to lower him down the hill. With their remaining gear stolen, they are forced to try to find another way down.
The remaining troops soon locate their commanding officer, who has clearly become unhinged from recent events. He warns them of the mutants' plans to capture women for breeding and kill everyone else. He then commits suicide upon being asked how to escape the hills. After the group kills Stabber, Missy (Daniella Alonso) is captured and taken into the mining caves by Chameleon (Derek Mears) who attempts to rape her, only to be interrupted by Hades, who stops him and savagely rapes Missy himself. The remaining troops attempt to rescue her, besides Stump (Ben Crowley), who is killed by Letch while attempting to climb down the hill without ropes. Napoleon and Amber are separated from Crank (Jacob Vargas) and Delmar (Lee Thompson Young), and kill Chameleon. They later locate a non-violent mutant named Hansel ( David Reynolds), while escaping Grabber (Gaspar Szabo). Grabber later shoots Delmar, who eventually dies from his wounds, and Hansel leads Napoleon, Amber and Crank to the exit. Along the way Crank is killed by a trapped crate of dynamite that he attempts to take with him, incidentally triggering an explosion.
After killing Letch, Napoleon and Amber find Missy, and all three fight Hades, who they manage to kill as well. The three leave the mines and are watched by an unknown mutant using their high tech surveillance equipment.
- The National Guard
- Michael McMillian as PFC David 'Napoleon' Napoli
- Jessica Stroup as PFC Amber Johnson
- Jacob Vargas as PFC 'Crank' Medina
- Lee Thompson Young as PFC Delmar Reed
- Flex Alexander as Sgt. Jeffrey 'Sarge' Millstone
- Daniella Alonso as PFC 'Missy' Martinez
- Eric Edelstein as Cpl. 'Spitter' Cole
- Reshad Strik as PFC Mickey Elrod
- Ben Crowley as PFC 'Stump' Locke
- The Mutants
- Michael Bailey Smith as Papa Hades
- Derek Mears as Chameleon
- David Reynolds as Hansel
- Tyrell Kemlo as Stabber
- Gáspár Szabó as Grabber
- Jason Oettle as Letch
- Sector 16 Workers
- Jeff Kober as Colonel Lincoln Redding
- Jay Acovone as Dr. Wilson
- Philip Pavel as Dr. Paul Foster
- Archie Kao as Dr. Han
- Cécile Breccia as Pregnant woman
- Fatiha Quatili as Afghan woman
- Joseph Beddelem as Insurgent
- Jeremy Goei as Clyde Martinez
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.
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. Later on a full length trailer and two clips were released to Yahoo! Movies.
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.
Box office and reception
The Hills Have Eyes 2 was generally panned by critics, garnering an 11% (Rotten) rating from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. It grossed $37,405,247 worldwide. The film also grossed over $30 million in domestic DVD sales, for a total of $67,915,885.
|The Hills Have Eyes 2|
|Film score by Various|
|Released||July 31, 2007|
The soundtrack was released on July 31, 2007 via Bulletproof Records label.
- Track listing -US Edition
- The Hills Have Eyes – Loudlion
- My Fork In The Road (Your Knife In My Back) – Atreyu
- Unretrofied – The Dillinger Escape Plan
- Redemption – Shadows Fall
- Darkest Nights – As I Lay Dying
- Hard Rock Hallelujah – Lordi
- Prayers – In This Moment
- I Know Hollywood And You Ain't It – Walls Of Jericho
- Throwing Stones – The End
- Failure In The Flesh – Through The Eyes Of The Dead
- Sleeping With The Fishes, See? – The Number 12 Looks Like You
- Own Little World (Remorse Code Remix) – Celldweller
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- Teaser and Trailer on Apple Trailers released on January 4, 2007
- Review at Dread Central