Friday, March 30, 2007

Gore Galore

Film: The Hills Have Eyes 2
Directed by: Martin Weisz
Starring; Michael McMillian, Jessica Stroup, Daniella Alonso, Jacob Vargas

It’s raining blood in Hollywood these days. First, it was ancient violence in Apocalypto and then in 300. Now, this sequel to last year’s horror flick The Hills Have Eyes, presents the violence of the future where a group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.
This, in short, is the story.
The previous film was a remake of the 1977 classic of the same name. Despite that, and despite all the killings, the film had some base, saying how the mutant cannibals (no, they’re not zombie, we’re tired of zombies!) were born, as a reaction of nuclear testing. This time no such pretension. It’s manhunt and mayhem from the start to the end for anyone who dares to venture into the uncharted territory of the Mexican desert. (Jason’s woods, anyone!)
In the first film it was an unsuspecting family who were the victim; it touched a cord somewhere. This time, the victims are equally competent in fighting. So it’s a predator versus alien situation out there. You don’t really bother who dies and who survives. This is not the point. The point is the display of violence, to make the sadist in you satisfied. You get what see, no more no less. And apart from the gore (let’s not go into detail about that) there’s nothing to write home about.
The tagline of the first THHE said, Lucky ones die first. This time, lucky ones die fast. And the unlucky ones? The unlucky ones suffer the film till the end. Choose your pick!

Rating *1/2

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