THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART 2
Wes Craven blames many of the problems with The Hills Have Eyes Part 2s on a hurried shooting schedule so perhaps he can be forgiven. (Alas, other films Craven made during this era such as Deadly Friend and Shocker (1989) do not have these excuses). The plot is depressingly routine. The brutal survivalism of the first film has been reduced to hackneyed Friday the 13th (1980)-styled slice-and-dice. The plot is a mess after setting Janus Blythe from the first film up for all sorts of confrontations, Craven then summarily dispatches her. She fails to go back and confront her family and is not even the one who faces off against them at the end. Robert Houston returns as Bobby but is written out within the first few scenes.
Still, being a Wes Craven film, The Hills Have Eyes Part II is not without certain merits the character of the blind psychic Cass is good, particularly so one scene with her moving through the grisly charnel house unawares. Although, as is the case with Ruby, the film fails to do anything interesting with her as a character or her powers. Craven does a decent job in generating suspense during some of the attack scenes.
The Wes Craven-produced Mind Ripper (1995) purportedly started out as a third Hills Have Eyes film, although the finished product is not related. The Hills Have Eyes was later remade as The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The remake was successful enough to spawn its own sequel, also entitled The Hills Have Eyes II (2007), although that had a different plot to this film.
Wes Cravens other films are:- The Last House on the Left (1972), Summer of Fear/Stranger in the House (1978), Deadly Blessing (1981), Swamp Thing (1982), Invitation to Hell (tv movie, 1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Chiller (tv movie, 1985), Deadly Friend (1986), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Shocker (1989), Night Visions (tv movie, 1990), The People Under the Stairs (1991), Wes Cravens New Nightmare (1994), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Scream (1996) Scream 2 (1997), Scream 3 (2000), Cursed (2005), My Soul to Take (2010) and Scre4m/Scream 4 (2011). Wes Craven has also written the scripts for A Nightmare on Elm Street III: The Dream Warriors (1987), Pulse (2006) and The Hills Have Eyes II, and produced Wishmaster (1997), Carnival of Souls (1998), Dont Look Down (1998), Dracula 2000 (2000), Feast (2006), The Breed (2006), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), The Last House on the Left (2009), The Girl in the Photographs (2015) and the tv series Scream: The Series (2015 ). He also created the tv series The People Next Door (1989) and Nightmare Cafe (1992).