Xplodera’s review published on Letterboxd:
Surpassing even the (honestly pretty uneven) original, Alexandre Aja’s 2006 remake of Wes Craven’s cult classic is a film I find genuinely great. By taking time establishing a genuine family-dynamic to pit against some genuinely unsettling, nihilistic violence Aja's film is a chilling piece of modern horror. So much to that I got curious to check out this sequel, only to find it squandering everything Aja did so well. Or, well, the film does keep the isolated desert-setting and doesn’t do anything radically different with the franchise, but focuses on your most generic military-gang imaginable. I don’t mind a slower pace, but in the case of The Hills Have Eyes II it feels like padding as the film never uses its time to set up atmosphere nor characters. Sure there’s some nice gore to be found, but this is a film so singular in its goal and so thin in its virtue of having a recognizable title that it comes of as such a pointless film in the end.