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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part II

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"The Hills Have Eyes 2"  (Blu-ray)

The Hills Have Eyes 2 Synopsis
With even more blood, guts and gore than its shocking predecessor, this chilling sequel picks up two years after the ill-fated Carter family was attacked by cannibalistic mutants in the New Mexico desert. Now a group of National Guard trainees on a routine mission find themselves up against the same blood-thirsty freaks. But this time, the mutant patriarch isn't just looking for a quick bite - he needs female breeders to continue his family line!

Specifications

    • Fox Atomic
      2007, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 29 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
    • French/Spanish DD 5.1
    • Directed by Martin Weisz
    • Starring Michael McMillian, Jacob Vargas, Flex Anderson, Jessica Stroup
Rating
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  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Strong

Commentary

The remake of The Hills Have Eyes was a bit of a hit or miss for me. I was excited to see the French director responsible for Haute Tension involved, but ultimately it was only mildly satisfying for a horror remake. This new film is a completely different beast and frankly, a complete waste of time. It follows the lead of a lot of "shock" horror we've been seeing lately with just enough plotline to get you to the next grisly scene. The characters are so dumb you almost want them to get slaughtered and there is no real sense of tension or fear when you watch it. Honestly, I am actually surprised this hit the theaters and didn't just end up as a straight to video B-Horror film.

Technical

While I thought the movie was horrible there is no denying how great the video transfer looks. Fox delivers yet another gorgeous HD transfer with sensational depth and detail. At times the amount of detail actually hurts things a bit. You notice some of the green screen effect a bit more and make-up effects are easier to spot. Contrast is exceptional and I was impressed continually by the dimension of the image. If you are a fan of this film, I can't imagine it looking much better.

The audio presentation is also exceptional. The mix is very open and takes full advantage of the surround soundstage. Lots of creepy discrete effects from the surround channels and plenty of ominous bass to help with the mood. Dynamics are excellent and there are a few "gotcha" moments that will probably make a few people jump. If only the movie was as good as the presentation!

Extras

There are some surprisingly good features on this film. Deleted and alternate scenes, a gag reel, a look at the graphic novel, a production feature and an interesting Fox channel special with Wes Craven. Considering how much I didn't care for the film, I was surprised by how good the extras were.