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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Hills Have Eyes 2

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When it comes to true horror, The Hills Have Eyes series is hard to top. Let’s take a deeper look at the sequel to the 2006 remake.

1. The Hills Have Eyes 2 is not to be confused with The Hills Have Eyes Part II.

The Hills Have Eyes 2, made in 2007, is the sequel to the 2006 horror remake The Hills Have Eyes. The original The Hills Have Eyes, made in 1977, was written and directed by horror master Wes Craven. Craven went on to write and direct a sequel to the original in 1984 called The Hills Have Eyes Part II. While the original and remake versions of The Hills Have Eyes share storylines, the plots of their respective sequels do not.


2. The Hills Have Eyes 2 was a family affair.

The 2007 sequel was co-written by Wes Craven and his son Jonathan Craven, marking the first time the father and son had worked together on a script. Jonathan had previously worked as a props assistant on his father’s 1994 film, New Nightmare. In 2009, Jonathan would go on to co-produce The Last House on the Left, a remake of his father’s 1972 original.


3. The Cravens were inspired by James Cameron’s Aliens.

Wes and Jonathan tipped their hats to Cameron’s film, another successful horror sequel, by adding a military element to their film. But, instead of introducing an elite team of soldiers to fight their horrific foe (as Cameron did in Aliens), the two screenwriters made their main characters a group of young army reserve soldiers who are out of their element.


4. The screenplay was written in one month.

Because of budgetary concerns, Wes and Jonathan Craven holed up in a hotel to write the script as quickly as they could. They would write individual scenes and then pass them to one another at a rapid pace until the script was complete.


5. The Hills Have Eyes 2 was director Martin Weisz’s second feature film.

Prior to signing on, he was primarily known for directing music videos. His first feature film was 2006’s Grimm Love, which is also about cannibals.


5. While set on a military base in New Mexico, the film was shot in Morocco.

Budgetary reasons moved filming overseas.


6. The film originally had a different ending.

In the alternate ending, the group discovers a mutant named Hansel outside the mine who tells them to “Run away.” The screen then cuts to the credits.


7. The mutant makeup was no joke.

It took four hours each day to transform actor Derek Mears into the mutant called Chameleon. And Mears isn’t a stranger to updates of horror classics—he also went on to play Jason Voorhees in the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th.

8. The mutant makeup effects were designed by legendary effects artist Greg Nicotero.

Nicotero not only worked on the 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes, but won an Oscar in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and went on to supervise the zombie effects for the television show The Walking Dead.


9. The poster for The Hills Have Eyes 2 was banned by the MPAA for depicting torture.

The original image shows a mutant dragging a captive, whose outstretched hand claws at the ground in an attempt to escape, in a burlap sack. An updated version, featuring ostensibly lifeless legs coming out of the bag, was later approved.


10. The feces in the porta-potty scene can be found in your pantry.

They were actually just mashed up stewed prunes.


11. The mutants’ origins are revealed in a companion graphic novel.

The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning, produced alongside the film, serves as a prequel to 2006’s The Hills Have Eyes. It chronicles the way the government kicked people off their land to conduct nuclear bomb tests, which then caused grotesque mutations in the people who stayed behind.


12. Michael Bailey Smith played the main villain in both The Hills Have Eyes and its sequel.

He played Pluto in the 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes and Hades in The Hills Have Eyes 2.


13. Michael Berryman, who played the main mutant villain in the 1977 original, was slated to appear as a mutant in The Hills Have Eyes 2.

He ultimately declined a role due to ongoing contract negotiations.


14. The Hills Have Eyes 2 was accidentally screened to a theater full of children.

During the film’s theatrical run in 2007, a movie theater on Long Island accidentally played the movie in a theater meant to be showing the children’s movie The Last Mimzy. Angry parents were given vouchers for a free movie and the children’s movie shown a half hour later.


15. Jessica Stroup, who plays Amber, is no stranger to remakes.

She also stars in recent reboots of Prom Night and Beverly Hills 90210.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.