Director: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard
Writers: Timo Tjahjanto, Brad Miska, Simon Barrett, John Davies, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Jamie Nash, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto
Synopsis: The film follows a couple of private detectives as they visit an abandoned house in which they will discover a stack of strange VHS tapes.
Horror-on-Screen Review (by Raoul):
As for the first VHS, this one is a compilation of short horror features arranged around a backbone story. My first impression after seeing this sequel is that it is much better than the first one. The makers of V/H/S/2 made the right choice here by compiling less shorts (five only, including the main story), but of much better quality.
The first one is the scary one, a classic but efficient ghost story.
The second one is the funny one, a great zombie short seen from an unusual and innovative point of view. This one is filled with over-exaggerated, but hilarious, gory scenes.
The third one is the disturbing one. It follows the sick deed of a sect at the dawn of mass suicide which involves a lot of innocent children. The atmosphere here is really strange and truly creepy; it was also my favourite one.
The fourth one is the useless one...a really lame and common alien short. Looking like a bad B-movies, this one managed to truly disappoint me after such a great start.
As for the first VHS, the backbone story is bad, and a stupid pretext for showing the horror shorts. Luckily, this can easily be forgotten thanks to the quality of the shorts themselves. V/H/S/2 is well-worth watching simply for the first three stories, which represent 70% of the movie length anyway. A little word about the overuse of flashes, shaking, and bad quality shots is necessary. All these features are used to simulate real amateur recording, but ends up being detrimental to the overall experience. Watching the film at the cinema is an experience that almost made me sea-sick. I choose to give it 3.5 out of 5, but V/H/S/2 could have had a much better rating if it wasn’t for the last short, the backbone story and the shaky camera. In any case, it is a great sequel that both those who liked and disliked the first VHS should watch, it is simply much better!
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