This book contains ranked checklists of movies with aliens, giants, invaders, mutants, parasites, robots, dimensional beings, hybrids, infected people, invisible people, machines, and otherness. How many have you seen?
A radiating legacy!
This sequel to the remake of 1997’s The Hills Have Eyes attempts what many have by substituting an everyday cast by a military team. It implies that the protagonists will use courage, physical strength and firearms to overcome the threat. Of course, they struggle, despite the upper hand, and the mutants end up being depicted as much stronger than originally presumed.
When looking back, it could be concluded that The Hills Have Eyes franchise is among Wes Craven's most experimental sandbox and that it hasn't always been treated with care. It may come as a surprise that his son and he wrote this new installment. What was once a rape-revenge and "home invasion" post-grindhouse flick about heavy irradiated inbred is now slightly more sober, though still gory.
The main issue, here, is that we don't sympathize with the protagonists. They are nothing like their audience, and they don't earn our passion. We're left not rooting for much. They are survivalist, though, and this is what the previous heroes had to become in the last act in order to give us a gimmick. While this one is kind of beige, at least we're given a cool variant on a malleable idea.