Combustible Celluloid
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With: Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Colleen Riley, Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, Janus Blythe, John Laughlin, Willard E. Pugh, Peter Frechette, Robert Houston, David Nichols, Edith Fellows, Lance Gordon, Suze Lanier-Bramlett
Written by: Wes Craven
Directed by: Wes Craven
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90
Date: 03/19/2013

The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)

1 Star (out of 4)

Cannibal Spectres

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Looking at this low-budget, quickie sequel, it's hard to imagine that it came just after Wes Craven's triumph with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). What could have inspired such lazy filmmaking? A group of BMX bikers, on their way to a competition, takes an unwise short cut through the desert and encounters the same hideous cannibal sand dwellers from Craven's legendary 1977 original. Their bus breaks down, and while they look for gas, they're picked off one by one. Craven's most unique touch is using a blind character as the virginal "final girl" (she has a boyfriend, but she still appears chaste). The dialogue and situations are basically ridiculous, and even when one of the girls needlessly takes a shower (!) in the middle of it all, Craven fails to show the good parts (though there is one gratuitous sex scene). There are flashbacks to the first film, and this movie has perhaps the first and only dog flashback (!) in movie history. Somehow, Kino Video -- under the label "Horizon Movies" -- felt compelled to release this anew on DVD and Blu-Ray for 2012. The only extras are a trailer and a photo gallery.

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