The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 (1985)
By: J.R. McNamara on December 12, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Umbrella Entertainment (Australia). All Regions, PAL. 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1, English DD 2.0. 86 minutes
The Movie
Director: Wes Craven
Starring:Janus Blythe, Tamara Stafford, Kevin Blair, John Bloom, Michael Berryman, Robert Houston
Screenplay: Wes Craven
Country: USA
Sometimes sequels are a great idea. Filmmakers are given an opportunity to further a storyline, like Halloween 2, or complete a story, like Romero's Dead quadroligy, or bring back characters that did not need bringing back to make a film that at times appears to be not even trying at all, like this one, The Hills Have Eyes 2.

Craven makes his entry into the glut of crap horror sequels of the eighties with this film. This movies cast are like targets at a shooting range: line 'em up and knock 'em down. Easily a low point of Craven's career and surprising considering his previous film had been the amazing A Nightmare On Elm Street.

The story goes that a team of motor cross riders take a trip across the desert to get to a race to test a new fuel that Bobby (Robert Houston), who survived an attack by the mutant family in the first film. Surprise, Surprise, the bus they are traveling in breaks down, due to a rock rupturing their fuel tank, and they are trapped in the desert, and are descended upon by the same mutants that Bobby defended himself against (Michael Berryman, John Bloom, Lance Gordon). Who will survive? Who will die? Who cares?

An atrocious combination of flashbacks (including, incredibly, one form the point of view of Beast, the dog) and smart arsed eighties horror stereotypes, The Hills Have Eyes 2 just doesn't sit well. Henry Manfredini did the score for this film, and it sounds like he had some leftover bits from his Friday the 13th score it is so derivative. About 15 minutes into this film, I was praying that all the characters would die, luckily most do. You are better off watching the first one again.
The image is pretty good and is in a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio.
There is the option of watching this film in either 5.1 or 2.0, both of which are perfectly clear.
Extra Features
When compared to Hills Have Eyes, this edition of part 2 is pretty poor.

The only extras are:

Michael Berryman text biography/ filmography

Janus Blythe text biography/filmography

Original Trailer (2 minutes 30 seconds)

Horror Trailers (The Hills Have Eyes, Last House on the Left, Dawn of the Dead and Susprira).
The Verdict
Only worth watching so you can say you have seen both, and Michael Berryman is in it, so it isn't ALL bad.
Movie Score
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