Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Found Footage Films

Included in this book are 64 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent found footage films.

Found footage is a film subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

The Hills Have Eyes Part II

A man returns to the location of a massacre he survived to participate in a dirt bike race.
United States
United Kingdom
1984
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Rehash
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Hunter
Sneaker
Trespasser
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Infected: 
Irradiated
4
A rough cut...
4
3.04
4
4
1
2
2
Ambiance
Editing
Pace
For good and bad reasons, The Hills Have Eyes can be watched with no knowledge of the original film and still be enjoyed. Both were written and directed by Wes Craven, but this one is a money grab. A lot of shots are re-inserted footage borrowed from the 1977 film, in hopes that we won't notice or mind much. Though the cheat is obvious, surprisingly, the rehash is photographically seamless.
The family was replaced by a bunch of rebellious teens. What once belonged to the home invasion subgenre is now more of a slasher, but with victims, neither vulnerable nor sympathetic, who tend to fight back. The secondary antagonists were thrown out, insignificant to the plot and not worth a recast, and the plot moves on with the two most marketable villains of the original film.
The fights are ridiculous; the dirt bike racing embarrassing. The ending is an overkill ploy with complexified gadgets meant to destroy an army, yet what we're really facing is two mutated brutes that aren't the super-beasts the script would like us to buy. This movie goes out of its ways to stitch the old material with the new one and ends up creating a dead end as far as potential sequels.
Alternate Titles: 
The Hills Have Eyes 2
The Hills Have Eyes Part 2
The Hills Have Eyes II
The Hills Have Eyes Part II
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