Director: Martin Weisz
Stars: Daniella Alonso, Jessica Stroup, Jacob Vargas, Flex Alexander, Michael McMillan
One of the best horror remakes of all time, French director Alexandre Aja's 2006 shocker The Hills Have Eyes actually improved upon Wes Craven's 1977 original in every way. The acting is better, the pacing and mood are much tenser, and the script has deeper context. After Aja's redo proved to be a success at the box office, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood, and Craven himself (as a producer and co-writer), spit on the Frenchman's accomplishment.
Try 378 days later. Rushed into production and filled with inept actors, The Hills Have Eyes 2 is the work of uninspired hacks, plus an out-of-touch Craven. The movie's entire wretchedness is encapsulated in its most ridiculous scene: As one of the "good guys" is trying to take a dump in a Porta John, hands grab at his crotch from within the can, while the same exact music used in Aja's flick (to infinitely greater effect) is heard.
Meaning, The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a piece of shit that reaches for scares but merely grabs junk.