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The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)

A group of bikers, heading to a race, become stranded in the desert and find themselves fighting off a family of inbred cannibals who live off the land.

Director:

Wes Craven

Writer:

Wes Craven

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Houston ... Bobby
David Nichols David Nichols ... The Psychiatrist
Virginia Vincent ... Ethel Carter (archive footage)
James Whitworth ... Jupiter (archive footage)
Suze Lanier-Bramlett ... Brenda (archive footage) (as Susan Lanier)
Tamara Stafford ... Cass
Kevin Spirtas ... Roy (as Kevin Blair)
John Laughlin ... Hulk
Willard E. Pugh ... Foster (as Willard Pugh)
Peter Frechette ... Harry
Colleen Riley Colleen Riley ... Jane
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Sue (as Penny Johnson)
Janus Blythe ... Rachel / Ruby
Lance Gordon ... Mars (archive footage)
Brenda Marinoff Brenda Marinoff ... Katy (archive footage)
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Storyline

A group of bikers, which includes some of the survivors from the original film, embark on a journey by bus to a biker race near the desert of the infamous incidents. However, because of a mistake they are late and decide to take a shortcut through the desert. Halfway through the desert the bus breaks down. While trying to repair the bus, some of the group wander off, and wind up in the traps of the survivors of the mutant family of the first. Then the mutants go after the rest... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

So you think you're lucky to be alive...

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

VTC See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Wes Craven thought John Bloom's voice wasn't strong enough for his role as The Reaper, so he had Nicholas Worth loop all of Bloom's lines in post-production. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 7 mins) When Ruby falls and hits her head on the rock, it gives way like rubber. See more »

Quotes

[his only line]
The Reaper: Reaper no dumb like Papa Jupe!
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Curse of the Cannibal Confederates (2010) See more »

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The one with the dog flashback.
3 July 2013 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I've read that Wes Craven made this belated sequel to his classic The Hills Have Eyes because he was desperate for work, and that things didn't go quite as planned due to the producers withholding funds; I'm not surprised that he's making excuses, because compared to the original, this is laughable stuff—a formulaic slasher that is so poorly conceived that, at times, it almost feels like a comedy.

On the flip side, I never found it boring (despite numerous flashbacks to the first film, including one from a dog!): the action moves along at a reasonable lick with some fun kills, a few reasonable scares, a bit of gore (including a juicy throat slash), and some gratuitous female nudity (somehow, despite the film being set in a desert, Wes still manages to shoehorn in a shower scene).

Part II ends in a suitably daft manner with the survivors successfully defeating the final member of the film's cannibal clan by devising a trap and finding the necessary equipment in mere seconds, and then carrying out their plan without a hitch, despite the whole idea being silly in the extreme.

I give the film a rating of 5/10: there are far worse slashers out there.


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