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The Hills Have Eyes II Review


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A remake of Wes Craven's 1977 horror flick of the same name, last year's The Hills Have Eyes brought nothing new to the horror genre. But director Alexandre Aja's (High Tension) vivid modernization and incredibly grisly images shocked audiences all the same, and the popularity of that remake -- of course -- spawned this sequel, The Hills Have Eyes II.

There was a sequel to the original Hills in 1985 that had race-bound bikers busing their way across the desert and ending up stranded. This far bloodier version of the sequel has National Guard trainees on a routine mission falling into the hands of our favorite deformed mutants in the same desert as the unfortunate family in the 2006 movie.

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The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Review


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Wes Craven's early low-budget horror flick follows the now-traditional archetype: Middle America vs. inbred hicks in the middle of nowhere. Released during the original Texas Chain Saw era, The Hills Have Eyes is unfortunately slow going before it gets to the part with the insane cannibals. After that, Craven paints an interesting and uniquely bloody study of how "normal" people will descend to the lowest depths in order to save themselves, but you'll have to suffer through a lot of tedium to get there. I'll take the Chain Saw any day.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Review


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The Hills Have Eyes is a truly American horror film. Like Manifest Destiny gone horribly awry, the film reflects our obsession with the danger of the West: Its forbidden, desolate landscapes, the rugged masochism it inspires. For Americans, the West is a place where anything can and does happen. And in The Hills Have Eyes our nastiest nightmares are bloodily realized.

Wes Craven's brutal 1977 micro-budgeted The Hills Have Eyes was a post-hippie scream of horror, both at the collapse of the youth-led revolution and the dreadfulness of the Vietnam War. Craven turned his eye to home, to the desolate stretches of vast American desert where he could posit a family of bloodthirsty mutants preying on those who stumble onto their fallout abode, and it could almost (almost) seem plausible. With a world of misery at large, how strange would it be to find murderous maniacs in our own backyard? Sure, the original film suffers from some notably outré moments and jagged pacing, but Craven succeeded in bringing a grimly gleeful sense of humor to what was essentially a Texas Chainsaw Massacre riff.

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The Hills Have Eyes Review


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Wes Craven's early low-budget horror flick follows the now-traditional archetype: Middle America vs. inbred hicks in the middle of nowhere. Released during the original Texas Chain Saw era, The Hills Have Eyes is unfortunately slow going before it gets to the part with the insane cannibals. After that, Craven paints an interesting and uniquely bloody study of how "normal" people will descend to the lowest depths in order to save themselves, but you'll have to suffer through a lot of tedium to get there. I'll take the Chain Saw any day.
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