V/H/S/2 (2013) Review
Feels like only a week ago I was reviewing the trailer and only a year ago I reviewed the first film, no wait it was. And you’d think with such a ridiculously quick turn over that this film would be a shambles but surprisingly it’s actually better than its predecessor. All of the segments are at least good and I haven’t seen that in anthology for a very long time. One of the segments could easily be turned into a full length film that I would easily watch. This time around the film has some new and really talented writers and directors which make for the significant improvement over the last film. In this film you get to look forward to ghosts, zombies, demon monsters and even aliens so get your copy of V/H/S/2 however you like because you won’t regret it.
“Yesterday you were tainted and sullied. Today you stand as angels of purity. Don’t be afraid, hold firm. Guide yourself to the promised land… ‘Sir?’ Don’t fucking interrupt me!”
Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static-white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.
Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended
Tape 49: 75% Phase I Clinical Trials: 85% A Ride in the Park: 95%
Safe Haven: 100% Slumber Party Alien Abduction: 75%
Tape 49 the frame narrative was actually alright in this one, I found the one in the last film a little stupid and boring but this one had a great twist at the end. The visuals are great and considering it was such a short segment you wouldn’t think they’d have had a strong set of effects. In terms of why they had to sit down and watch VHS tapes is still weak but nobody watching cares and the film makers know it.
Phase I Clinical Trials the first of the videos on tape at the house. This tape wasn’t the best but still very good compared to most and had some fascinating ideas. I loved the idea of getting a first persons view via the recording chip in the patient’s new eye. Most of the segments in this film have this first person view and I much prefer to the handheld. The ghosts that the character sees through the eye are good, they are subtle and you can feel the fear much better in first person, very much like a video game horror. What else we got? We get to see boobs which is always nice and a for me a terrifying drowning scene that always freaks me out in films.
A Ride in the Park has ZOMBIES!!! Love me zombies and this one has a fascinating twist, unlike most zombie films this one takes us on a thrilling ride with the zombie which is amazing! Why haven’t they done this before? If you look at the trailer it’s the one where a guy gets run over by a car. The zombie acting is great and considering the shots it really needs to be. Being set in a forest allows for a feeling of isolation which is only thing missing from most Zombie films set in cities and big towns, there’s no emergency services for miles. Another addition this segment adds is to show how the zombie infection spreads through the eyes of a zombie. Damn gory as well!
Safe Haven is the best and undisputed champion of this film, directed by the same man who made The Raid one of my favourite films of last year. The idea of a segment on cults hooked me instantly, whenever there’s a documentary on cults I just have to watch because they’re inherently creepy, crazy rules, extremely organized and every member has that unsettlingly happy look on their face like Tom Cruise. But to be honest it’s the twist half way through that sets this segment apart from the rest, won’t spoil it but it’s excellent, worthy of a full length film and with a list of characters that are surprisingly fleshed out for such a short play time.
Slumber Party Alien Abduction wasn’t the best but even this had some good ideas and as anthology it’s good to have a great mix of stories, and you don’t get more different then an alien. I was right in my trailer review; the camera was mounted on a small dog which is just really funny and for me worked. The aliens weren’t scary but they were fun and that pretty much describes this film. My favourite part which is so nerdy was where the aliens fool the people with lights and sounds of a police car to trap the frightened people.
The best reviews I found:
“V/H/S/2 is everything we were promised the first would be and then more. The creators have thankfully learnt from the missteps and made the necessary improves to make this a significantly better film.” FILMS WITH CAPPIE. Full Review
“It is not exceptional but once again it’s gory, full of great ideas and highly entertaining. If you liked the first one you will love this!” Erik’s Movie 140. Full Review
“My most anticipated film of the year does not disappoint – in fact, the shivers are still dripping down my spine…it’s stuff like this that feeds my passion for the genre.” Film Hipster. Full Review
“V/H/S 2 reaches for a higher bar, and in one instance (“Safe Haven”) blows right past it. The end result (and I say this while eating a fine plate of humble pie) is a damn good horror anthology, and has me eager to see what comes next.” Something Stirs. Full Review
My favourite scene would have to be in the segment Safe Heaven (shocking) where bell starts going off and the tense creepiness of a cult leader interview just turns full on crazy! I even had to quote it at the beginning because it’s so good! The Raid Director is something special that I was right to keep an eye on. Look out for The Raid 2 sometime early next year.