2013 —– Horror —– 96 min —– Not Rated
Directed by Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, & Adam Wingard
Two private investigators break into a house in an attempt to find a missing college student. They uncover stacks of video cassettes with horrifying footage and begin watching them one by one.
V/H/S/2 accomplishes a very rare feat: It’s actually better than the original! While the first one was pretty enjoyable (see my review here), the sequel takes everything up a notch. The writing is improved, it’s better laid out, and the gore is a whole lot crazier.
The film is an anthology of four different found footage horror stories with a wrap-around segment. I’ll give a quick run-down:
Tape 49/wrap-around segment
Two private investigators break into a house in an attempt to find a missing college student. In one room, they find a bunch of staticky televisions and a stack of video cassettes. They begin watching the tapes and come under their strange trance.
This wrap-around segment is much stronger than the one in the first V/H/S. It’s still not anything too special, but it’s creepier and the ending scene is well put together.
Phase 1 Clinical Trials
A man who lost his eye in a car accident receives a retinal implant fitted with a camera. Along with his newfound vision comes the ability to see ghosts.
This is definitely one of the better segments. It has a sci-fi vibe to it and the ending is absolutely insane.
A Ride in the Park
A man riding his bike in the park encounters a group of zombies.
This is my favorite segment by far! The whole thing is shot from a GoPro camera mounted on the biker’s head and the gore is some of the best I’ve ever seen.
A film crew documents a weird cult in Indonesia. It’s revealed that one of the crew members is cheating on her fiancée.
This segment is extremely unusual. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever watched anything comparable. It’s enjoyable, but it runs a little too long. I wish this segment would’ve been shorter to make room for another story.
Slumber Party Alien Abduction
A group of unsupervised young people are attacked by aliens at a lake house.
This segment is a little anti-climatic, but it’s still a fun watch. The aliens look great and there’s an awesome spaceship effect toward the end.
Overall, V/H/S/2 is much tighter and has a more focused vision than the original. It looks like a lot more thought was put into the writing and the segments have a strong cohesiveness. It’s the perfect mixture of scares and dark comedy.
My only major complaint about the film is how much it costs. V/H/S/2 has a theatrical release planned for July 12 (I assume limited), but it’s currently available for rent on video on demand for $9.99. Yep, ten friggin dollars. I love VOD and think it’s the future of movies, but $10 is absolutely ridiculous for just a rental regardless of the movie. I only got to keep it for 24 hours on my computer. Honestly, I’d say wait until the movie ends up at the theater or Redbox.
4.5 bloody guys in their underwear out of 5
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