The Hills Have Eyes 1 and 2 (2006 and 2007)


For some strange reason, torture porn becomes more and more popular as time goes on. Two movies that follow this ongoing trend are the remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and The Hills Have Eyes 2. Now, I have not seen the original films, so I am not qualified to compare these disgraceful movies to them. But watching these films as individuals, I am repulsed. Even excellent movies have their fair share of brutal murders (No Country For Old Men, Silence of the Lambs, to name a few). But those films at least have a fitting context to put those deaths in. The Hills Have Eyes simply murders people for the sake of murdering people. I myself have a guilty pleasure when it comes to the Saw franchise, but even I get disgusted by some of the things I see.
Both movies revolve around a group of people who for some reason or another get trapped in a desolate area of the desert referred to as Sector 16. The desert alone is a brutal enemy, but what lurks in the desert is far worse than any heat related ailment. Bands of radioactive mutants still live in the mountains, and decide to kill anything that passes by, for unexplained reasons of course. The groups must then fend for themselves as they begin to get picked off one by one by these ugly beings.
As I have already stated, this movie does nothing but kill people. The plot is practically irrelevant, and the characters interchangeable. The acting and script are atrocious, and the direction doesn't do anything to impress. You feel no sorrow for the victims, and you don't feel anything whatsoever about the killers. The films were written and directed by different people, and none of the original stars returned for the sequel. Actually that isn't true. Michael Bailey Smith was a mutant in the first movie, and also played one in the second. But his character dies in the first movie and they brought him back as a different character. Lack of continuity, yet another reason these movies are terrible.
But you really can't take this films seriously. When they were being made, I doubt anybody involved was very proud of themselves. The story is a joke, the actings bad, the scripts bad, the directing's bad, and the fact that these movies were even made makes me sad. What makes it worse is that I actually watched these films. I don't know what I was thinking. I obviously wasn't. Still, I'd say they were better than Ratatouille. My rating (2/10)

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