I was never too impressed with the original Hills Have Eyes but decided to give these more recent releases a chance.
The storyline of the first film has some interesting variations on the original movie. I liked the way they fitted in the nuclear testing angle and there are some beautifully eerie scenes involving mannequins in the nuclear testing village.
The second movie isn't as bad as a lot of reviews seem to indicate. Yes, the plot is very thin but there's enough action and suspense to keep most viewers entertained.
These are from from being the greatest horror films you'll ever watch but for most they'll provide an evening of decent entertainment.