The Hills Have Eyes 2 (Unrated)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The isolated desert stretch known as Section 16 has seen some brutal activities, from bomb tests to mutant cannibals. Those who remained there turned into cannibals who trapped and killed innocent people who traveled within reach, but their hidden status is now revealed. A group of scientists has taken up residence there to study these mutations, with supplies delivered by National Guard squadrons. As soon as the latest group of soldiers arrive, they discover the mutants are on the hunt and looking for blood, so a battle quickly breaks out. The soldiers have weapons and extensive training, but the cannibals have survived for decades and know the land better than anyone. As bodies begin to pile up on both sides, can anyone from the soldiers’ squad manage to survive and if not, will anyone ever put an end to the cannibals’ reign of terror?

I wasn’t as disappointed with the remake of The Hills Have Eyes as I expected, but that didn’t mean I was jazzed to learn a sequel, also a remake, was in production. As it turns out, The Hills Have Eyes II is actually better the remake that came before it, as it doesn’t even pretend to build around plot or narrative. I am all about great storylines, but if you don’t have one, why bother when you can just cut loose the buckets of blood. This movie does just that, pours gallons of the red stuff across the screen in brutal, flinching inducing ways. I read where some found the original remake to be too violent, but I thought it was tame, but this sequel kicks things up and comes through in terms of gore and death sequences. As I said, the story is paper thin and used only to hang the gruesome deeds on, so this isn’t a good movie, just a wild bloodbath. If you want more than gore, you’ll be disappointed, but for bloodhounds, The Hills Have Eyes II is a blood soaked, well recommended rental.

Video: How does it look?

The Hills Have Eyes II is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This movie uses some visual tricks to keep the image as the filmmakers intended, so the transfer isn’t the usual style. The colors wander the spectrum from lifeless and dull to bold and vibrant, dependent upon the scene at hand, while black levels remain sharp and flawless throughout. I saw no evidence of compression errors either and aside from some slight grain, I have no complaints with this treatment. I know this had to be somewhat of a nightmare to transfer to DVD, but Fox has done some impressive work.

Audio: How does it sound?

The tense and action driven scenes put the speakers through the paces and then some, with creative and highly effective presence, which adds to the eerie, offbeat atmosphere. The more reserved scenes also sound terrific, while the musical score is tight & immersive here, a very memorable audio treatment indeed.Although the included Dolby Digital 5.1 option doesn’t reach reference status, it comes close and ranks as a damn impressive audio experience. This disc also includes French and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You can browse three featurettes here, one a general look behind the scenes, the next about the mutants within the film, and the third about the graphic novel. Not in depth stuff, but some decent information to be found, if you’re so inclined. The interview with Wes Craven is sure to draw in some fans, but again, fails to offer much depth. This disc also includes some deleted scenes, an alternate end sequence, an outtakes reel, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

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