The Hills Have Eyes 2

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Gory sequel pits mutants against the military.
  • R
  • 2007
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages to take away.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There aren't too many characters you would want your kids to emulate. National Guard trainees think they're tough, but they learn quickly that they're no match for ruthless, canny mutants.

Violence

Bloody, close-up, gory, and relentless. National Guard trainees are introduced in a battle simulation shooting, exploding, and facing a suicide bomber; thereafter, bodies are thrown, grabbed, kicked, beaten, dismembered, disemboweled, exploded, shot, stabbed, and shown splatted on the ground. One dying man shows up inside a latrine, his cuts absorbing toxic sewage; heads are smashed, shot, and pierced; weapons include guns, knives, a cleaver, a grenade, dynamite, a bayonet, rocks, and a shovel. Jump scenes in cave; a horrible rape from behind (in shadows, but violence is very harsh and victim's face shows distress); bodies fall or are pulled into holes.

Sex

Early, grisly birth scene shows mother's breasts; discussion of a romance between a pair of National Guard troops includes sexual slang ("Doing a whole 'nother kind of draining"); assault by one mutant on a woman includes a long tongue lick -- he then inserts his tongue in her mouth (she bites it off, very bloody, and kicks him in crotch). Sexualized violence.

Language

Incessant. Non-stop uses of "f--k" (several with "mother-" and one as finger gesture) in addition "s--t" and other language ("hell," damn," "ass," "c--k," "balls," and "bitch").

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character is nicknamed alternately "Private Crackhead" and "Crank."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mutant-centric horror sequel definitely isn't for kids. The violence is gruesome and sustained, the language is unremitting ("f--k," in all its variations, is a constant), and an ugly rape scene ensures one woman's blind desire for revenge on an especially long-tongued, white-goo-spitting mutant. Weapons include knives, guns, and assorted body-piercing implements (spears, bayonet, poles). The very first scene is a bloody, screaming, gross-out birth (leading to the bare-breasted mother's immediate murder). An early mock battle scene is very fast-paced, aggressively edited, and loud. All assaults by mutants are bloody, gross, and horrible.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfarrell1 May 8, 2009
this movie was a grisly movie or as i call it a commercial movie, a movie inwhich a movie is good looking in the comercial but when you go see it in theaters it... Continue reading
Adult Written byKOOMER88 April 9, 2008

I was grossed out

My boyfriend took me to see this gory movie. Unaware of the extent found in this film I went willingly. I felt this film was grusome and disturbing. However if... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

I thought this movie was disturbing

I liked this movie. But it was very disturbing. One of the mutants raped someone, and it was a very gory movie. So, i wouldn't let any kids under 13 watch... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Those yucky desert mutants have resurfaced, this time in search of females for breeding. Their all-male tribalism is underlined in the first scene of THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2, in which a not-so-grotesque-looking woman gives painful birth to a baby and is promptly whacked in the head and killed by a hulking male mutant. The mutants' apparent misogyny is then juxtaposed with the coed U.S. National Guard, whose trainees are working together in a harrowing mock battle set in a desert that passes for Kandahar, Afghanistan. When they're hoodwinked by a woman wailing about her dead babies, it's clear that gender integration has been achieved in contemporary warfare. Still, the young trainees aren't ready for what they discover in New Mexico. They've heard the rumors, of course, that Section 16 was used by the military to test nuclear weapons during the 1950s. But they can't anticipate that, 50 years later, descendents of everyone who was neglected by the government and deformed by radiation would still be looking for vengeance against the able-bodied and, especially, the pretty.

Is it any good?

This shocking movie features a disturbingly profuse amount of blood and gore. Battle with the mutants results in all manner of bodily abuse, and the mutants themselves arrive looking mightily pre-abused, their heads and limbs misshapen. After much shooting, hacking, and screaming, the National Guard unit is reduced to its survivor core, at which point they're so angry and anguished that their violent payback takes on particularly sexualized characteristics -- it's all about penetrating bodies and kicking crotches.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's over-the-top violence. Do these gruesome, bloody scenes serve specific functions?

  • Discuss how the film treats women.

  • The mutants want to breed with them, and the men want to protect them -- what do the women themselves want?

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