Simon Barrett (segment “Tape 49”)
Jason Eisener (segment “Alien Abduction Slumber Party”)
Gareth Evans (segment “Safe Haven”)
Gregg Hale (segment “A Ride in the Park”)
Eduardo Sánchez (segment “A Ride in the Park”)
Timo Tjahjanto (segment “Safe Haven”)
Adam Wingard (segment “Clinical Trials”)
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Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student’s disappearance.
I’m a sucker for horror anthologies and it’s films like this that make me remember why. Rushed to production after the success of V/H/S, the disturbing sequel is better than the original. No subject is off-limits in this gore-soaked sophomore effort. One of the most exciting things about this franchise is the sheer amount of potential. Like the first found-footage film, stacks and stacks of mysterious VHS tapes fill the site. Following the current template, V/H/S could go on forever. Like the original, part two is composed of stand-alone segments pieced together with a central theme. This time around, it’s a pair of detectives looking for a missing student, and, of course – things go well.
A man receives a robotic eye after a car accident and soon finds he can see more than he bargained for. In solid TheTwilight Zone or Tales of the Crypt fashion, the man begins to see the dead and his life unravels. This was a great way to start the film and it legitimately made me jump a couple of times. That’s a rarity around the Roboto Residence, so I applaud Adam Wingard. Firmly demanding my attention, the opening segment set the tone and pulled me in for the remaining tales of video trauma. A perk for horror fiends, V/H/S/2 proves it will go to any length to terrify and revolt. If you’re interested in seeing an absolutely ghoulish throat slash, or seeing the result of a demonic cult tear its way from the womb, this is your anthology.
V/H/S/2 is available from many VOD outlets and worth the $9.99. Watch it with the lights out..