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Old 03-23-07, 06:48 PM
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Anyone check out Hills have Eyes II yet ?

Like the titles states has anyone seen this yet ?? I enjoyed the remake and the original is always a classic in my book, so I just wondering how this one stacks up.
Old 03-23-07, 07:12 PM
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Saw it first matinee this morning. Thought it was pretty good, had some good gore. It will be interesting to see if it gets an unrated DVD release because it was pretty graphic for an "R". And if I'm not mistaken, a couple of the cave dwellers looked like the Toxic Avenger!
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I'm sure it had some stuff cut out. The remake was extremely violent and it had quite a few scenes trimmed down.
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Looking forward to checking this out this weekend
Old 03-23-07, 10:18 PM
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I can't wait for this one to come on DVD. i loved the original & in one of the rare cases the remake was just as good if not better than the original. I hope 3rd entry into this series goes well and doesn't turn into a texas chainsaw massacre mess.
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Just got back from a showing and enjoyed it. Not quite as good as the first one, but as sequels to remakes go, not bad at all. And that first minute was... wow. I'm ready for some "Hostel 2" now!
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My thoughts: A sloppy, terribly made film and a waste of the free ticket. Trees everywhere are demanding their limbs back. This film received zero advanced screenings -- including genre coverage -- and now I know why.

Basically, this film is what The Hills Have Eyes 2 '85 is to The Hills Have Eyes '77 all over again. An unneeded mess... I didn't much care for the first remake, but this film somehow imparts it with a shimmering Hitchcockian glow by comparison. How so?

Problem 1: The script is completely inept. It's as if Craven and his son were in an accident at the paintball range one Sunday morning, and, as a result, were suffering temporary concussions while writing this. Even an intoxicated J. Carpenter came up with better material than this imploaded mess. Halloween 2, while by no means a masterpiece or even a good film, is miles better than this atrocity.

Problem 2: These characters are just dumb. I'm wondering how they even made it into The National Guard, let along how they passed the training. A few of the lines given by these "thespians" are truly atrocious. I think we have a new rival for Freddy vs. Jason in the bad acting/unlikable character department; once again, we root for the villains and can't wait till the entourage is discarded.

If anything must be said, it's the following:

Bring back the dog! Whereas in the first sequel (in the original series) the event was just idiotic and illogical, it would have made this film better.

Bottom Line: A terrible film that is being blasted by everyone everywhere and with good reason. I don't watch "scary" (I say that loosely) horror for the gore though, so what do I know.

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I saw a matinee as well yesterday, I enjoyed the remake a lot last year, but this film was just sloppy. I was rooting for the mutants to kill these people. Btw,
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the mutant child birth in the beginning was almost to hard to stomach, as it was similar to the one in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

I love watching gory horror films but that wasn't necessary to have in the film.
Old 03-24-07, 09:27 PM
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I'm planning on checking it out this week.

It got trashed on the DVDTalk review, but then again so did Dead Silence and I enjoyed that one.
Old 03-25-07, 01:48 AM
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No dog flashback, no sale.
Old 03-25-07, 02:26 AM
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So the question is, why doesn't the military just bomb the crap out the the area? They must know the area the mines are in so use bunker busters to collapse the whole thing. Say it is a 'training excercise'. It is on a military base so they can do what they want there.
Old 03-26-07, 12:15 AM
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Not a great film by any means, but I thought it was better than Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. The movie actually has a fairly decent setup/initial premise, but it squanders this with the stupidity of its characters. Almost every death is a result of someone making a dumb decision. And thus this is where the promising setup falls apart... the filmmakers couldn't find a feasible way to put a team of armed soldiers in peril at the hands of lesser armed mutants. If the soldiers make the right decisions, they obliterate the mutants and there's no movie. But going the other way obviously wasn't the answer, either.
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I saw this today. I couldn't wait for it to end. Just Dreadful. Liebesman's 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:The Beginning' is sublime in comparison.
Old 03-26-07, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Seantn
I'm sure it had some stuff cut out. The remake was extremely violent and it had quite a few scenes trimmed down.
not sure if violence was trimmed but Fangoria noted that director Martin Weisz will more than likely reinstate some back story that got dropped for time/pacing.
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Not a great film by any means, but I thought it was better than Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.
That ain't sayin' much! I thought TCM: TB was one of the more pointless 'big horror' films to come out of horror in recent years.
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Originally Posted by Seantn
That ain't sayin' much! I thought TCM: TB was one of the more pointless 'big horror' films to come out of horror in recent years.
pointless yes, but the trend of ultraviolent films and leniency of the MPAA to horror films is a plus to gorehouds.
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we did a video review for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpTMJffSL0
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I hated it. This is exactly how you don't do a sequel. I would have rather seen a straight up retread of the stranded family than this shit. Some of the worst dialogue I have ever seen, and even the 'heroes' were unlikeable. This was a pussy horror movie that thought it was tough as nails. NONE of the scares work, the gore feels forced and the 'freaks' are just flat out lame.

Also, whoever keeps thinking that showing a disgusting birth scene in a horror movie is a good idea needs to be shot - I didn't find it cool or 'bad ass', just stupid as fuck, which how I felt about a similar scene in TCM: The Beginning. Aja's movie looks like Citizen Kane next to this.

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Old 03-27-07, 06:34 PM
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I enjoyed it just for the gore. It was very very thin on story but kept me entertained enough to probably purchase it on DVD someday especially if its unrated. It was just an excuse to make some ugly dudes and kill off people.
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Totally enjoyed it, will definitely get it on dvd(Hopefully Unrated).
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Originally Posted by Rammsteinfan
I enjoyed it just for the gore. It was very very thin on story but kept me entertained enough to probably purchase it on DVD someday especially if its unrated. It was just an excuse to make some ugly dudes and kill off people.
I love this stuff.
Old 03-30-07, 07:38 PM
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Normally I love this type of story also and my expectations were very low, but I still thought it sucked. It would have sucked even as a DTV rip-off of THHE.
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Based on a lot of stuff that i've read, i'm skipping it. I enjoyed the first one, and I love horror movies, but this one just doesn't interest me. Over the top violence as the only reason to see it? Yeah, I'll just re-watch the first one.
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Glad to hear the dvd will have an unrated version in June. Hope it has some decent extras. Hopefully it will get enough $$$ back so they can make one more. Im game for a few more mutant head bashings and impalings.
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I saw this yesterday and thought it was rather cool. It's no classic, but much better than that stinkbomb called "300" -- and with better dialogue and action scenes.

This film is to the original movie as "Aliens" was to "Alien". Instead of a straight ahead horror movie it's more of an action film with the stereotypical military types duking it out against the mutants. The second half is kind of a ripoff of "The Descent" but with enough gore to satisfy even the most hard-to-please gorehound.

I was amused to see the guy from the TV show "What I Like About You" as the lead character. Too bad Amanda Bynes wasn't also in this flick, but the blonde chick they had here was pretty cute nonetheless.

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