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Film / The Hills Have Eyes Part II

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[...]beyond the towns and roads, the hills still have eyes.

The 1984 sequel to the original The Hills Have Eyes, also directed by Wes Craven.

Bunch of people consisting of motocross drivers, their girlfirends and Ruby from the previous film (now a normal member of the society), are making their way across the Nevada desert to a race, but due to taking a rocky shortcut, their bus faces structural damage and runs out of gas. They take refuge in an abandoned mining complex, but find two cannibals there, who are ready to add them to their menu.


This sequel has examples of:

  • Abandoned Mine: The cast drives to a disused mine to look for supplies. Of course, the place turns out to be home of the remaining members of the previous film's Cannibal Clan.
  • Action Girl: Rachel/Ruby, briefly.
  • Animal Nemesis: Beast, to Pluto.
  • Anyone Can Die: Not even Ruby from the previous film is spared.
  • Big Bad: The Reaper, who is the big brother of Papa Jupiter, who lead the family in the previous film.
  • Back from the Dead: Pluto inexplicably returns despite having his throat torn out by Beast in the first film, most likely because Michael Berryman is the one actor anyone remembered from the first film.
  • Bucket Booby-Trap: Deciding to spend a night in one of the building around the abandoned mine, our cast puts a bucket over a door in case anyone tries to sneak up on them. It does end up being triggered, but nobody gets to see it.
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  • Cannibal Larder: After escaping from The Reaper's surprise attack, Cass hides in the cannibals' inner sanctum within the mines, and comes across the remains of her friends that are being prepared for meals to come.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The film starts with Bobby from the first film as he talks to his psychiatrist and seems to be the protagonist until he decides to not participate in the trip. Rachel (Ruby from the first film) then takes his place and is set up as the protagonist. Until she is killed by a trap. Roy, Cass, and arguably Beast, are the real protagonists.
  • Destination Defenestration: The Reaper catches Sue off guard by running to her, grabbing her and throwing her through a window.
  • Disney Villain Death: Pluto meets his end when he is pushed down a cliff by his old nemesis, Beast the dog.
    • Reaper dies similarly, falling down a mine shaft.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Happens to Ruby. She dies when she... hits her head on a rock.
  • Flashback: Portions of the film are made out of footage from the original in form of flashbacks to pad out time and complete the film, since production was shut down before everything could be shot.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Beast
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Cass surprise attacks The Reaper from behind a corner by smashing a bottle of embalming fluid on his head.
  • Groin Attack: After Sue finds Foster ogling at a naked Jane in the shower and talking crap about her behind her back, she kicks him in the nuts and also slaps him.
  • Handicapped Badass: Cass does quite well at beating up the Reaper for a blind girl.
  • Heroic Dog: Beast, once again.
  • Machete Mayhem: The Reaper wields a machete.
  • Man on Fire: Just after The Reaper is engulfed by an explosion, Roy and Cass embrace each other, relieved that everything is over... only for The Reaper to run towards them from the inferno, covered in flames.
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  • Opening Scroll: The film opens a scroll that quickly recounts what happened in the previous film.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Jane gets a scare when Foster, with a hatchet buried in his head, falls out of a closet on her.
  • Plot Hole: The Reaper is a living example. He's the older brother of Papa Jupiter... who didn't have an older brother. Fred had two children, a daughter and Jupiter, and the daughter died when Jupiter burned their house down. There's no room for an older brother in this mix.
    • Fred did mention he had several children outside of Papa Jupiter and his daughter, though he never mentioned one of these children was another cannibalistic mutant.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Reaper sucks!"
  • Red Right Hand: The Reaper has a weird lump on his forehead.
  • Remember the New Guy?: The Reaper is Papa Jupiter's brother, but in the first movie, Fred says that he and his wife only had one daughter before Jupiter's mother died giving birth to him, leaving him alone with his son and daughter. This adds to the Fanon Discontinuity and Canon Discontinuity feelings about the movie.
  • Same Language Dub: John Bloom (Reaper) had his lines looped by Nicholas Worth due to Wes Craven considering his voice to not be intimidating enough.
  • Slashed Throat: After throwing her through a window, The Reaper finishes off helpless Sue by slicing her throat with his machete.
  • Super Window Jump: The Reaper tries to attack Cass by jumping through a window, but misses and gets stuck when his right foot goes through the floor.
  • Title Drop: Done by Harry while he's driving the bus, who amuses others with a spooky tale about Jupiter's family from the previous film, capping the thing by telling that it took place where "the hills had eyes".
  • Token Minority Couple: Foster and Sue, the African Americans among the mostly-white cast, are a couple with a rocky relationship.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ruby/Rachel, who beats up Pluto with relative ease.
  • Villain Decay: Pluto is now lacking the "psychopathic" part in Psychopathic Manchild. He's gone from cannibalism and murder to ... stealing dirtbikes to go on a joyride and shouting childish taunts at both Beast (a dog) and Roy.