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Film / The Hills Have Eyes 2

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The 2007 sequel to the remake of The Hills Have Eyes starring Jessica Stroup and Daniella Alonso.

A group of National Guard trainees are sent on a mission to the desert where they encounter another batch of irradiated mutants, who are in need of healthy breeders.

This sequel has examples of:

  • Adaptational Name Change: Hades is the remake version of The Reaper from the original sequel.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: The closing crawl states that the National Guard sergeant and trainees dissapearences were never explained to their families but makes it unclear if this means the entire group, or just those who had been seen dying (with the survivors making it out but being forced to cover up the incident).
  • Attempted Rape:
    • In a Call-Back to the first movie, Chameleon captures and attempts to rape Missy, but Papa Hades stops him - so he can rape her himself.
    • Letch attacks Napoleon and attempts to rape Amber, before being incapacitated by Napoleon stabbing him in the foot. Amber then proceeds to stab him to death a bayonet.
  • Ax-Crazy: Letch, who even kills Dr. Foster with an actual axe at the beginning of the movie. Also Stabber, true to his name.
  • Bald of Evil: Papa Hades, Chameleon, Letch, and Grabber.
  • Body Horror: All the mutants as usual, but Chameleon takes the cake, as he's covered in a disgusting scale-like rash that lets him blend in with the rocky surroundings in the desert.
  • Breeding Slave: The fate of any woman captured by the mutants.
  • Cannibal Clan: The mutants.
  • Child by Rape: The baby born in the opening scene. Papa Hades' three other sons Chameleon, Letch, and Hansel more than likely are, too.
  • Death of a Child: Right in the opening scene, though since it's a stillbirth, it's not technically the villains who killed it.
  • Doomed Predecessor: The National Guard trainees arrive to resupply Colonel Redding and the three scientists who were attacked at the beginning of the film. They find one dead body, two mortally wounded man, and the bloodied wallet of the fourth in the surrounding area instead.
  • Downer Ending: The ending text implies that the survivors never made it out of the desert despite killing off Hades clan, and that the National Guard has them listed as AWOL.
  • Dwindling Party: As the soldiers, and later the mutants get picked off one by one.
  • Idiot Ball: After holding the Smart Ball by acting as bait so the group can kill the mutant Stabber, Missy immediately goes off alone and gets captured.
  • No Woman's Land: The Hills are a truly crappy place to be a woman. Presumably this is why there are no female mutants; more than likely they all died from the males' mistreatment, or were killed when the males considered them no longer useful for breeding.
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  • Rasputinian Death: Hades turns out to be incredibly difficult to kill, to the point that getting shot in the head just makes him angry. It takes Amber scooping out a chunk of his brain while he's trying to choke her, Napoleon running him through with a flagpole from behind, Missy crushing his genitals with a sledgehammer, and finally Napoleon stabbing him in the mouth with a bayonette to finally put him down.
  • Rape as Drama: Missy's brutal rape at the hands of Papa Hades.
  • Screaming Birth: An incredibly graphic and gory example in very first scene of the movie, with an unnamed blonde woman giving birth to Papa Hades' baby. Understandable, as she's naked and tied up to a bed inside a cave, bruised and bloodied from having been imprisoned and beaten for months.
  • Super-Strength: Hades is by far the strongest mutant in the whole series, even outstripping Pluto from the original movie.
  • The Quiet One: Letch and Stabber never speak at all, and the others only have a small handful of lines (largely consisting of one-word sentences). Justified, as someone who has spent their entire life inside an abandoned mine in the wilderness is obviously not going to be very articulate.
  • Tears of Remorse: Corporal "Spitter", after he accidentally kills "Sarge".
  • Token Good Teammate: Like Ruby in the first movie, this one has Hansel, a non-violent mutant who helps the survivors. Unfortunately, he's apparently killed alongside Crank when Crank accidentally sets off a crate of dynamite.
  • Sequel Hook: Just like the ending of the first remake, this one ends with a surviving mutant observing the survivors from afar... except this time, it's someone using a government laptop and surveillance equipment, presumably looted from the dead scientists.
  • Shout-Out: Sarge keeps calling the Napoleon, who's a disgrace in his eyes, by the name "Gomer Pyle", like Gunner Sergeant Hartman did with Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket (which itself was a shout out to a character from The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.).
  • Stalker Shot: After the surviving soldiers make it out of the cave after killing Hades, an unknown mutant is watching them using a government laptop and surveillance equipment, and the mutant watching it closes the laptop in frustration.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: The mutants want to abduct Missy and Amber, the only women in the group, in order to rape and impregnate them and raise their numbers.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Missy and Amber. They also provide a bit of Tomboy and Girly Girl, with Missy being the more action-oriented and proactive one while Amber is more girlish in mannerisms (although by no means useless in a fight herself).
  • Would Hit a Girl: Even though they desire women for breeding, the mutants have no problem with beating and torturing them, or killing them the second they become displeased with them.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Sarge is on the receiving end of this from Spitter.
  • You Are in Command Now: Twice! Spitter takes over after Sarge dies, but then he's the next casualty, and Delmar asserts command over the remaining trainees.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After the captive woman in the opening scene gives birth to a stillborn baby, an enraged Papa Hades kills her with a rock, evidently concluding that she won't be able to produce any healthy mutant babies.