The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1984)
Director: Wes Craven
Main Stars: Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson Jerald, Janus Blythe
Storyline: A group of bikers get mixed up with the redneck family of the desert
Review (Spoils): a group of biker on their way to a race become stranded in the desert, home of the redneck cannibal family of the first film. The bus broke down and they start to wander off while the bus is being looked into. This leads to the cannibals realising more people are in their territory and they start to hunt them down.
Wes Craven is back with a sequel to his original classic. We have a bunch of flashbacks from the first film, hell even the dog has a flashback (this made me fucking laugh and its classic). We have the return of the Bobby character and Ruby along with the classic redneck Michael Berryman but this time he is more funny than menacing. John Bloom takes the part of the barbarian like redneck so does most the dirty work. The characters in this one outside the cannibals are blah… you don’t care if they die as they are almost unbearable. I’m pretty sure this was made for one reason money for Wes Craven. Some of the scenes are just stupid also such as when the redneck steals the bike and goes for a tour, the lack of blood and gore (except for the cut throat scene) this film is just missing the mark for the series.
Rating: This is not a very good sequel at all… I would say the worse but that has already been taken by The Exorcist 2. I loved the first film so to see this piece of lameness was hard, it ruined the series. The movie is just too predictable and it repeative of the first one and lacking the scares. I guess to see the dog to have a flashback is worth a drinks at least.
Eaten Alive (1977)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, Robert Englund, Janus Blythe, Crystin Sinclaire, Roberta Collins, Kyle Richards
Storyline: A crazed old hotel owner decides to feed a huge crocodile people he hates.
Review (Spoils): Judd (Neville Brand) runs the Starlight Hotel deep in the swamps and he hates a lot people. He hates prostitutes, families, kids, people looking for people pretty much everyone but his pet crocodile. He swings his scythe that it’s nobody’s business.
We have the typical swamp in the south redneck type film with some pretty 70s girls. We have a very young Robert Englund who craves anal sex from these ladies; we have lots of blood, body parts, a great rubber crocodile and a crazed man who looks like Stephen King swinging a scythe. Some decent gore for its time and the film was actually fun to watch and love the mood of the 70s horror that Tobe Hooper once again delivered. The film is pretty simple a now reformed hooker goes missing and her family try to hunt down what happened to her and poor old Judd is trying to cover his tracks.
Rating: Too be honest I did not mind this film and love this whole era of horror so it was hard to go wrong plus we have Marilyn Burns as a scream queen yet again. They could have dropped the red lighting as that did get on my nervous but overall with the cheesiness it was fun to watch. But with blood, the gore of scythe, jaws of death of the crocodile and Janus Blythe, Marilyn Burns and Crystin Sinclaire it was hard to really go wrong.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Director: Wes Craven
Main Stars: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman, Janus Blythe, Dee Wallace, James Whitworth, Michael Berryman, Robert Houston
Storyline: A family’s car breaks down on the way to Hollywood in the desert back lands. While they walk looking for help they get terrorizes by desert savages.
Review (Spoils): Before there was Wrong Turn there was The Hills Have Eyes which became a cult favourite and classic for horror. Wes Craven takes an American family on a journey in the desert that leads to death, torture and some redneck fun! We have the Carter family which the father is a retired cop and his wife is bit loony. Their children are a mixed bag Lynne (Dee Wallace)is married to a loser with a baby, Bobby (Robert Houston) is too attached to his dogs and has a weird relationship with his sister Brenda (Suze Lanier-Bramlett) who is cute but man her screaming can be massively annoying after a hour. After typical warnings from locals they still head into the off roads and lord behold they wreck the car (which is actually funny….really a map in the face?) and now they are stranded and lunch meat for the rednecks. The fun part about this film which is different and leads into a Texas Chainsaw Massacre type feel is the rednecks have some character background and are interesting. Lead by an axed faced madman named Jupiter (James Whitworth) and Mamma. Other main characters are the classic bald headed Pluto (Michael Berryman) and the cute but nasty teeth Ruby (Janus Blythe) who just wants to escape the savages and live a normal life. The film leads to some nasty dog bites, burnings, explosions and some good ol’ fashion knives and hatchets.
Rating: Similar feel as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre it does not sit on the gore side really it instead deals with the subject in hand, which a lot of films in this day in age in horror lack. Yes The Hills Have Eyes have some pretty painful parts (Bobby and Lynne’s husband are piss poor characters) but it was unique for it time and Wes Craven opened a lot of door for horror with this film. Plus it has Michael Berryman what’s not to love?