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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.