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HILLS HAVE EYES 2 NEWS: Contest: 'Hills Have Eyes' Graphic Novel

July 12, 2007 -- We have five copies of "Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning" to give away, an awesome graphic novel inspired by the modern-day remake. "Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning" is an awesome time waster -- a very adult comic book. Following in the tradition of excellence established by 28 DAYS LATER: THE AFTERMATH, our newest book is the result of a collaboration between some of the biggest names in the industry. Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey with art by John Higgins, this is the harrowing genesis story of the mutant townspeople from the terrifying films THE HILLS HAVE EYES and THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2. You will be shocked by the gruesome details that led a group of hardworking people to become blood-thirsty savages after their town was decimated by nuclear testing. This story spares no gore, and fans of the these popular films will be absolutely riveted. To win one of five copies, email your mailing address and the answer to the following trivia question: What "E.T." starlet appeared in the original "Hills Have Eyes" and what was the werewolf movie she starred in? Send your answer to . First five winners get copies.

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Exclusive Interview with Martin Weisz, Director of 'Hills Have Eyes 2'

March 4, 2007 -- Interview with Martin Weisz, the director who just completed "Hills Have Eyes 2," the highly anticipated sequel due in theaters March 23. German filmmaker Weisz helmed the recently completed "Hills Have Eyes 2," sequel to the big hit 2006 remake of "The Hills Have Eyes" by Alexandre Aja. Weisz is a video and commercial director, who has directed videos for such artists as Brandy, Diddy, Korn, Nickelback and JC Chasez. Along with his over 350 music video credits, he directed the controversial German film "Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story," (aka, Rohtenburg), that was inspired by the real life story of the "Cannibal of Rothenburg", Armin Meiwes, who mutilated, killed, then ate a man who had previously agreed to Meiwes doing so to him.

The new "Hills Have Eyes" movie follows several National Guard members as they fight for survival against the mutant people living in the New Mexico desert hills. "The Hills Have Eyes 2" began filming in the summer of 2006 in Ouarzazate, Morocco where the previous movie was filmed as well.The Hills Have Eyes 2 is currently in post-production and is scheduled for release on March 23, 2007.

How is 'Hills Have Eyes II' going to be different from the 2006 movie?

It's actually quite different in terms of storyline. It's a different setup. The weekend warriors going in to deliver scientific equipment. All the scientists are gone. It's a completely different structure than the first one, which was personal and family oriented.We're not personally affected. It's not like my wife, my father and my mother got killed and they took my baby. It's challenging these normal characters who are weekend warriors and respond.

Is the film influenced by the Iraq War?

Obviously it plays a part in terms of now the Naitonal Guard are trained to go to Iraq. Obviously the film itself doesn't deal with themes of Iraq. It's still New Mexico. It's still a test field for nuclear bombing. We're not in Iraq.

But there are similarities to the Iraq situation?

That's how our research started. There's a point in the film where they have way below what they need to have. The express lane of training. These guys are not trained like normal soldiers. They've got the old gear. …It's also interesting to see how these guys with their military education stand up against the mutants. Obviously ahving the events happening right now in Iraq, that is quite interesting.

Are you happy with the finished movie?

It's an incredible ride. It grabs you. There's no breathing time. Whoever sees it hardly comes up for breath.

You actually had to pitch your vision of "Hills Have Eyes II" to Fox Atomic but it isn't your script. Wes Craven co-wrote it. How did you pitch a film you didn't write?

Usually when you go in and read a script, you're not going to start from scratch. You do bring some of your ideas. … Once you sign on, you develop your directors' take on the script.

What did Wes bring and what did you bring?

Wes and Jonathan Craven together wrote the script. That's always the starting point of everything. You always start with the script. That's the bible. Then you go in and you see a couple of things are awesome and a couple things that could use some work.Scripts are hardly perfect. You're always going to make some tweaks on it. I think I came in when they were at draft 3 or 4. … Wes took a pass. Jonathan took a pass. Then, Jonathan and I were sitting for 24 hour sessions making the finalized changes. Then, we went off to Morocco to start prepping.

What can you tell us about "Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story," your 2006 movie? Is it being released in the U.S.?

It's a very dark character study. It's a dark disturbing film. After [the producers of "Hills Have Eyes 2" watched it, they said they were looking for someone who can go to the dark side and you can go to the dark side.You get into the characters and the characters turn you upside down. It's disgusting and hard, not so with blood on the screen but more-so psychologically. At the test screenings, a lot of people could not take it. 15 percent of girls left the cinema. I had private screenings where some women could not take it.

As a film lover, do you primarily consider yourself a horror fan?

I love everything on the dark side. If you do it right, you really have people by the balls. I wouldn't say I'm the splatter, B-movie horror kind of guy. I like things that have great characters and get you so involved that you can't look away, but you know it's going to be bad.

What are some other projects you're working on?

I have one that is great and dark picture that I'm attached to. It's a mix of "Hills" and "Grimm Love." It has the action aspect. But everything that goes on below the surface has an evil .. It's a mix of an action ride. It's a rescue worker trying to save a girl's life. It's a big twist. Not a horror movie. It is horrible. It's a mixture of Constatine-meeets-Exorcist-meets-Descent.

Sounds good. What's the title?

I'm sworn to secrecy.

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Teaser Trailer for 'Hills Have Eyes 2'

December 14, 2006 -- The teaser trailer for the Wes Craven-penned "Hills Have Eyes Part 2" is live now at IGN. Click here for it.

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Teaser Poster for 'Hills'

November 22, 2006 -- Here's the big new poster for "Hills Have Eyes 2", plus we received confirmation from Fox Atomic that the trailer will debut with "Turistas" on the big screen, Friday, Dec. 1.

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