The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)

Posted: April 1, 2013 in Movie Review
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Hills Have Eyes II

Directed By: Wes Craven

Starring: Janus Blythe, Robert Huston, Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Michael Berryman, John Laughlin

Subgenre: Survival, Cannibals

Synopsis: Two of the survivors from the first movie return to the desert for a dirt bike race and run into what is left of the clan of misfits that attacked them before.

Thoughts:  The Hills Have Eyes Part II may very well be one of the most maligned horror movies of the 80s.  I had heard truckloads of negative feedback so when I saw it pop up on Netflix, I knew I had to watch it to judge for myself. After finally viewing it, I was trying to find ways to be positive about it, but the more that I thought about the movie and replayed it in my head, the worse it got.

What really kills this movie is the incredibly asinine storyline and script.  While there are countless horror flicks out there with subpar plots and cheesy dialogue, this one takes the cake.  This bad boy has plot holes a plenty and even a dog that has a flashback to the first movie.

The cast really wasn’t all that bad, but I don’t think a cast of Oscar winners could save this movie.  Genre favorite Michael Berryman returns as Pluto, which is a highlight, although the scenes where he stole the dirtbike were a little over the top.

Wes Craven said he made this movie for one reason, and one reason only; to make money.  He was beyond broke when the opportunity came up, and took it without thinking twice.  Since then, he has apologized many times for this movie.

Another very popular name in the movie business did the music for The Hills Have Eyes Part II, although I think Harry Manfredini used his tracks from Friday the 13th and just removed the ch-ch-ch riff.  The similarities in the music are striking.

There’s not much reason to check this movie out unless you are just curious to see how bad it really is.  I have run across a few fans of the movie out there, but not many. 

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