V/H/S/2 (2013)

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V/H/S/2 (2013)Starring Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L. C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes

Directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisener

The Sundance Film Festival continues on, and next on tap is the sequel to last year’s shocker V/H/S, which is once again brought to the screen by The Collective and Bloody Disgusting. In our beloved horror genre we are often plagued by terrible sequels that more often than not end up being some direct-to-DVD, $5 bargain bin Walmart crap. V/H/S/2, however, sets the bar to a new level by creating a sequel that surpasses the original in execution, direction and content.

V/H/S/2 is home to four incredible segments this time, along with a nice wraparound that involves a couple of private investigators who are hired by a woman to find her missing son to the tune of $1,000 per day. After breaking into the college student’s home through an unlocked window in the backyard, the investigators of course stumble upon stacks of tube televisions, stacks of VHS tapes, and a laptop. Upon watching a video on the laptop, our female investigator learns that she must watch some of the tapes in a specific order to possibly obtain the whereabouts of the missing student. What this poor soul does not realize is that there are consequences lying in wait for anyone who dares to watch the tapes.

The tapes in order are listed below with a brief synopsis of each:

“Phase I Clinical Trials” – A man receives an ocular implant (an eye with a camera) only to become terrorized by ghosts that only he can see with said implant. This segment is the creepiest of the bunch.

“A Ride in the Park” – A man riding a bike on the trail through a park stumbles upon what he thinks is someone hurt, only to realize it is actually a zombie. Once bitten, there can be nothing left but some SERIOUS POV zombie madness!

“Safe Haven” – Centers on a documentary crew trying to gain access to Paradise Gates, an Indonesian safe house that is more akin to a polygamist colony. After pulling some strings and getting an exclusive interview with the “Father,” all hell breaks loose. Splatter fans, rejoice! This one is for you!

“Slumber Party Alien Abduction” – A group of teenagers decide to throw a party, only to have it crashed by an alien invasion. Pretty tense little sequence with some pretty good chase scenes. Oh, and did I mention that it’s filmed by Jason Eisener’s dog? Seeing is believing!

V/H/S/2 should not be a tough sell for those who enjoyed the first installment. It’s all here! This is a film with great stories and a wraparound that has twice the scares! We are talking more gore, more carnage and more laughs than its predecessor! V/H/S/2 is looking to be the horror film to beat at this year’s festival, and doing so will be no easy task. A special hats off should go to the great conglomeration of directors who bring on the kind of mayhem that will not only keep the audience glued to the screen for 95 minutes but also have them applauding between each segment.

The found footage sub-genre is still alive and well, folks. V/H/S/2 is a prime example of why. Don’t miss this one!

5 out of 5

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  • kiddcapone

    You cocks……..I FUCK YOU BACK!

    • Uncle Creepy

      I gather that you liked it?

  • aliensharkboy

    Speaking as someone who has a lot of hatred towards the first V/H/S, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I fucking adored V/H/S/2.

    With the exception of the main surrounding story, the 4 segments within the movie are all really freakin’ cool. The amount of laughs and emotional moments they’ve managed squeeze into this relentless gore-fest was also an unexpected surprise.

    Damn impressive IMO.



    Just caught this yesterday far superior to the original all segments are well done and creepy my favorite being a RIDE IN THE PARK which captures Zombie mayhem from the infected POV loved it!!!

  • kiddcapone

    You sons of bitches are going to make me watch this fucking thing. I’m a glutton for punishment, but even I have my limits. I despised V/H/S. DESPISED every last second of it…

    I may go on a rant of epic proportions afterwards, but hey, it is what it is…

    • Rob

      Well me personally, I only really liked the first segment of V/H/S with the odd vampire girl, if only for when she finds the geeky guy and keeps whispering ‘I like you’ before trying to blow him while covered in blood and gore, and then crying when he freaks out; that bit made me chuckle.

      This one, however, I actually enjoyed all the segments. I’d say the second and third shorts were my favorites, and I didn’t really care for the wraparound segments. I wouldn’t give it a 5/5, but maybe 3.5, or a 4.

      • kiddcapone

        To be honest, the first segment of V/H/S was the only one that wasn’t complete horseshit. It actually held my attention. But the rest was sooooooo bad, it brought out anger. Not just a pissy feeling, but genuine anger at wasting my time with pure stupidity masquerading as a horror film.

        • Chernobyl Kinsman

          Ti West’s segment is the most boring thing I have ever sat through, including his other films. Seriously, fuck that movie.

  • Rob

    Finally saw this one. MUCH better than the first V/H/S, and I actually enjoyed all four segments quite a bit for different reasons. Safe Haven in particular is fucking nuts.

  • nazo

    I decided to give this one a shot, despite hating the first one, and while the first, second, and fourth segments ranged from mediocre to hate inducing (though the last one was the only segment I viscerally disliked), Gareth Evans’ Safe Haven more than makes up for it. At the end of the year, that segment will probably be on my “best of” list, and it’s worth watching the movie just to see those thirty plus minutes of mayhem. I cannot wait to see what that guy does next.


  • Terminal

    Even better than VHS. Loved the last three stories. The first one was okay.

  • KlassikKush666

    The first one was decent at best; the fact that this got 5 knives makes me extremely weary as the first one got almost nothing but rave reviews but stunk horribly. Does this one even tie in to the first one aside from the Anthology aspect? Do they explain about the fat guy or the house the robbers were in; do they reference anything from the first one to give us some form of answer(s)? I also hope there’s no webcam converting this time around, that was just god-awful.

  • Fearless_Froude

    I’ll still see it, and make my own judgement when it comes out on VOD. I mean it can’t get any worse can it ?

  • kiddcapone

    Not a chance in hell. V/H/S is easily in my top 3 worst movies of all-time. You couldn’t pay me enough to sit through that boring bullshit again.

    • MonsterMash

      You, sir, have not heard of the syfy channel

      • kiddcapone

        I don’t watch those movies. Regardless, V/H/S sucked. And the funny part, even though I hate found footage flicks, that was the least of my issues. Besides the first story, I couldn’t care less about any of it. The hitchhiker honeymoon story made no sense at all. It was just done to be “shocking”. The fuzzy killer in the woods was lame. The doctor removing alien fetuses after Skype calls was painfully boring. The acting during the interrupted exorcism seqment was embarrassing. And the wraparound sucked ass.

        I just don’t fucking get it. V/H/S is a 1/5 at best, even using Steve’s charitable scoring system.

        • MonsterMash

          Hitchhiker was laughably bad, and Active Camo Red Skull in Black Spandex running around the woods with a kitchen knife was truly wasted potential. The wrap-around was weak as well. However, I enjoyed the other three immensely. They were quality work. Especially Amateur Night. That was spectacular. And the Haunted house/exorcism segment was strong as well.

  • Diavolo

    ‘S-VHS should not be a tough sell for those who enjoyed the first installment.’
    Thats all I needed to know.

  • nazo

    Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…

  • Terminal

    Enjoyed VHS. I hear this one is better. Can’t wait.