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Hills Have Eyes II, The


Stars: Michael McMillian, Jessica Stroup, Jacob Vargas, Michael Bailey Smith, Daniella Alonso, Lee Thompson Young

Director: Martin Weisz

It's the mutant miners versus a team of rookie National Guardsmen who naturally, for box-office purposes, include two women, in this brisk addition to the horror franchise, written by Wes Craven and his son Jonathan.

Yes, those elephant men of the New Mexico hills are at it again, whacking heavy sharp implements through the bodies of their victims (when they're not cutting off their limbs) and saving the women - fer breedin' purposes.

You might think they're all exterminated at the end, but no worries. A final shot assures us of The Hills Have Eyes III. As for the Guardsmen, they do gun down the odd mutant or two, but, as in all these movies, are themselves picked off one by one.

For fans of the genre, this does what it says on the tin. By no means anything special, it's just about watchable throughout. There's a credit for animal wrangler at the end, but the only beast in sight seems to be a dead rat.

David Quinlan

USA 2007. UK Distributor: 20th Century Fox (Fox Atomic). Colour by De Luxe.
89 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 18.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 23 Mar 2007