The bad news for the audience is that the filmmakers treat us like we’re idiots. They abandon the idea of suspense and drama and jump right into the blood and gore. But they don’t jump in fast enough because we sit through a good 40 minutes before something “scary” happens. Yeah, we get it, there are a lot of ways to torture a human being. One of the ways they forgot was to watch bad horror remakes. As far as “un-rated” goes, you’ll get a little more blood, but nothing that really justifies more than an “R” rating.
As original as SAW was, it’s to be blamed for all of these lame remakes. It took Hollywood a long time to get away from the horror-comedy ala SCREAM and I suspect it’s going to take them a long time to get away from the torture-horror films thanks to SAW. I also found the premise to be played out. The lost-in-the-middle-of-nowhere schtick is as played out as the don’t-go-out-alone schtick. We know what’s going to happen because many better movies have perfected it before. And don’t get me started on the performances.
Commentary by Wes Craven and Peter Locke: Not nearly as bad as the first, but not worth the time invested. Wes offers a few antidotes when he compares his original to the remake but overall there are too many dull spots and not enough interesting tidbits.
Surviving the Hills: Making of Hills Have Eyes (50:22): The madness won’t stop. After suffering through the commentaries, you’re treated to nearly an hour long featurette. I would’ve been better off watching this because it was more interesting than the movie itself. But since I didn’t enjoy the film, I struggled keeping interest in this featurette.
There are also a Production Diary, a Music Video and some Previews.