July 12, 2013
Simon Barrett, Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash, Gareth Evans
Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener, Timo Tjahjanto
Kelsey Abbot as: Ayesha
Devon Brookshire as: Amy
Hannah Huges as: Clarissa
Lawrence Michael Levine as: Larry
Mindy Robinson as: Tabitha
Adam Wingard as: Herman
A couple investigates the disappearance of a young man and venture into the house of the first V/H/S/, where they find TVs and a batch of VHS tapes. Of course, they watch the videos all of which feature new terrors, while eventually dealing with horrors of their own. Including a shocker of a climax…
In the first story, a man (director Adam Wingard) gets a camera/ robotic eyeball in an operation. He ends up seeing and being haunted by ghosts. On the bright side, a really hot chick comes to help him and sleep with hi,! But, the ghosts get decidedly more aggressive soon thereafter.
I found this story to have a pretty cool idea and a fairly innovative way to do found footage. Sadly, though, it loses some steam after a while and goes into decidedly generic territory. It is, however, well-acted and the aforementioned girl does get nude. There is also some pretty good gore, particularly in one scene. You’ll know which I mean when you see it. It certainly has moments like this and others, but not enough to really give it my full recommendation.
In the next one, a young man on a bike, who mounts a helmet-cam, sees someone who is injured. When he goes up to the person, he gets attacked, as the person is a zombie! He, of course, becomes a zombie himself. And, soon most of the remaing the story is told from the zombie’s point of view (POV).
Coming from Blair Witch Project creators Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale, this segment is good fun! It’s definitely the second best entry in the film. This represents a very fresh take on the zombie film. It results in a simply wonderful use of POV. It’s also extremely funny and wild. The gore flows freely here, including some amazing moments of guts getting ripped out. In the end, this a highly likable gorefest that will please fans of stuff like Dead/ Alive and Shaun of the Dead.
The third and best segment comes to us from Gareth (The Raid) Evans and Timo Tjahjanto (Macarbe) and tells the tale of a group of reporters who go to interview a cult reader in Indonesia. Suddenly, things turn bad, real bad!!
This story is insane!! There is some truly extreme gore here, including exploding heads thanks to shotgun blasts, suicide via guns to the head, graphic throat slashings, and more! Aside from that we get demons and zombies and throw-in for good measure. There are so many “holy shit!” moments in it that I couldn’t begin to count them! This would have been a killer movie on its own. Here is a minor masterpiece. Propelling it even further to the top is the fine acting from all involved, in particular the cult leader who has this great wild-eyed look to him. Offsetting the gruesomeness are the two pretty females (both villainous and the reporter chick). It’s all kick ass with a very fun little ending.
The final story has a bunch of kids and teens having a slumber party. They have fun, pull pranks, and just act like kids would. But, suddenly, at night, they are attacked by evil alien beings. They and their cute little dog, which has a camera strapped to him, try to survive the night.
Though the weakest of the stories, this one is not without merits. It’s a letdown from the amazing preceding story. But, then most stories would’ve been. It has some funny and cute moments. But, the excessively shakey camera work makes it hard, at times, to tell what is happening. The aliens are really cool looking, though. And, the little dog is adorable and the story’s most likable character. You will love him! The ending is the most shocking in the film and ties in rather nicely back to the enjoyable wraparound story due the character’s reaction of what he just saw.
Overall, this is a superior sequel to the first film, which I thought ranged from mediocre to terribly stupid. The shorter running time in this works a lot better pacing wise, the segments flow better, and keep you more interested in the proceedings. And, even the worst stories are still OK. While, the best entry is so amazing, that I recommend this movie for that alone! V/H/S/2 is a fun and gory time to be had.