V/H/S/2 hit VOD last week in the run up to its official theatrical release on July 12th. The film sees seven horror directors come together to deliver a terrifying found-footage anthology. Check out the synopsis below, and then head down to catch an interview with (Hobo With A Shotgun), whose segment entitled "Alien Abduction Slumber Party" is one of the film's standout moments.
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.
In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, Eisener explained the process behind developing a movie with seven directors:
We would have a big group talk over the phone, which sometimes felt like a nightmare because there'd be 20 people on it. We just sent each other our scripts so we could go through them and make sure that none of us were doing the same thing. They pretty much gave us free reign to do whatever we wanted. The main thing is that we never wanted the audience to ask, "oh why didn't they just turn off the camera?" That was really the only guideline. When I first pitched my idea to Brad and told him I wanted to do something with aliens he was like, "oh my God! I've always wanted to do that!" He greenlit it right away.
It seems Eisener drew inspiration from the movies that terrified him when he was younger, especially Fire In The Sky:
That's the movie when I was a kid that ruined my life for a couple years. It kind of triggered my fascination with aliens and I slept with a baseball bat under my bed.
It's kind of based off of my recurring childhood nightmares of being chased by aliens. The aliens would come into my home and try to abduct me and my friends and we're just running. In my dreams the aliens are always kind of distant, and by the time they get super close to me the dream is over. When I was researching aliens I just kind of based the images on everything I saw and my nightmares.
Having said that, it wasn't just horrific tales and nightmares which inspired Eisener, he also drew ideas from some more family friendly movies:
I'm a huge fan of Goonies, The Monster Squad and The Sandlot and have always wanted to do something in that world. That's always been one of my dreams, to make a fun kids movie.
What do you think? Have you seen V/H/S/2? Did you have a favorite short? Let us know below.