V/H/S/2 Reviews

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YodaMasterJedi
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2013
three stars
Super Reviewer
½ October 10, 2013
It is a pleasure to see that this much superior sequel comprises four efficient stories that can be quite scary and make use of their filming technology to their favor. Still, it is a shame though that the wrap-around story is so awful that it nearly ruins the whole experience.
Super Reviewer
July 23, 2013
****

"V/H/S 2" is the follow-up to "V/H/S" which came out last year. It's an anthology film based around two investigators that find a bunch of vhs tapes, and the stories shown, are what's on those tapes. Here there are 4 stories(along with the investigators story). One is about a guy who get an eye implant and starts to see ghosts. Another is an awesome zombies in the woods story. The third is one of the most brutal, ultra violent, craziest pieces of film of the year(maybe of the last 10 years). It's about an Indonesian cult, that really has to be seen to believe. I wanna type about it, but the less you know about that the better. Finally, a slumber party that encounters an alien invasion. Each story would make a great campfire story to tell and scare people. This is a big improvement of the first movie, which was a decent movie to begin with. It's original, very gory, and has a couple genuine scares. Probably my favorite horror movie of the year(or at least close to the "Evil Dead" remake). No known actors, and a limited budget, but it just shows you don't need all that for an effective horror film. Also, if you haven't seen the first movie, no problem as it has nothing to do with it. Just a new set of tapes found. Horror fans should definitely check it out, and hope for a third movie, because this series is getting better and better.
Nate Z.
Super Reviewer
½ July 18, 2013
The second entry in the found footage horror anthology (and less than a year after the first to boot) is not as clever as V/H/S but more polished, better paced, and full of enough ingenuity to recommend, especially for horror fans. In my review of the first film I championed a shorter format, giving an audience the thrills they crave faster rather than slogging through an hour of slow buildup. The results are still fairly hit or miss, though none of the four segments is a misfire per se. The weakest is probably the last, ""Slumber Party Alien Abduction," where the poor camera quality makes it hard to tell what is actually going on. The best, by far, is The Raid director Gareth Evans' "Safe Haven" about a team of journalists picking perhaps the worst day to tour a creepy cult's compound, notably during the apocalypse the cult predicted. This one takes a bit to wind up but when all hell breaks loose it goes nuts with glory. The wraparound segment tying everything together is more palatable and points to a promising mythology around the collection of these haunted VHS tapes that people keep watching and then dying over. All together, this is a concept that just works for horror and I'll welcome presumed sequels as they come off the assembly line. This is found footage done right, with faster payoffs, more variety, and greater focus and ingenuity. If you enjoyed the first film, or are a fan of horror anthologies in general, then pop in V/H/S/2.

Nate's Grade: B
TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
½ June 10, 2013
V/H/S/2 is an entertaining decent follow-up to the surprisingly different type of found footage film. The result here is a decent film that uses the same old formula, but manages to cook up entertaining horror tales. I really thought that the original didn't need a sequel, but what they did here was a decent affair that can appeal to fans of the original film. V/H/S/2 is a film that could have been great, but is a case of having a few stories that are not as good, and by the end of the film, you realize that more effort could have been put into making this follow-up. This isn't a bad film by any means, but is one that could have been better considering the originality of the first film. With this sequel, it feels like another found footage film with nothing new to add to the genre. While the first V/H/S did something different in the genre, this sequel takes the ideas from the first film, and adds new stories, but doesn't do anything to really stretch the concept even further. Decent overall, but not great, V/H/S/2 is a film that covers familiar ground without revamping its ideas. The picture suffers from a bit of predictability, luckily some stories, although not all good have a few standouts, which is sure to delight genre fans. As long as the filmmakers know when to draw the line, I think that the V/H/S franchise won't be too tiresome if they make another sequel. If they do, then I hope the third film is the last. Overall with good stories are present here, but not enough to really make this a standout sequel.
Super Reviewer
January 20, 2013
''V/H/S/2'' does what a sequel should do: bring more to the table. Decent effects, strong suspense and an air of mystery throughout make this a satisfying horror flick.
Super Reviewer
½ January 23, 2013
One of the best horror films I've ever seen. It's a shame a lot of the potentially fascinating plots of these vignettes aren't more explored, but, hey, the mystery makes the scares that much more magnificent.
paul o.
Super Reviewer
½ May 10, 2013
The overall pacing of VHS-2 not only heightens the general atmosphere of the short films but makes for great entertainment. From amazing short films about aliens to supernatural cults, VHS-2 is frickin amazing in every way possible.NOTE: The violence may be a little too much for some viewers but apart from that, its just solid horror.
Super Reviewer
November 2, 2013
As gruesome and vulgar as the original, V/H/S/2 is a collection of the disgusting and the bizarre. The film is an anthology of horror tales that includes ghosts, zombies, demons, and aliens. However, the storytelling isn't very good and is mainly interested in delivering shocks and jump scares. Additionally, the found footage conceit doesn't work and seems contrived. V/H/S/2 is an ugly, morose film that's incredibly disturbing.
Super Reviewer
March 20, 2014
Not nearly as good as the original.
Super Reviewer
May 30, 2013
Loved the first one, this one had some good moments and great ideas but was pretty average. First and last video were the best. More Tapes, More Tapes!
Super Reviewer
½ June 21, 2013
V/H/S/2 is one of those rare sequels that are just as good, if not better, than the original. Very good horror film. Just like the first, it follows a series of mysterious V/H/S tapes that contain disturbing/scary footage all shot like a found-footage film. This one I thought was a bit more "sick" and "fucked up". One segment that is the longest and stands out the most in my opinion is "Safe Haven". It tops the other ones. Very creative, original, and overall just plain sick. I honestly thought it would've been better of as just it's own movie, because it is the most rememberable one. But the other ones were really good as well, and sometimes even a bit funny. I enjoyed V/H/S/2 a lot and actually lives up to the hype as the first one. Hopefully the V/H/S films will become a franchise hit and be remembered within 20 years or so. One of my favorite anthology films; always delivers.
Super Reviewer
February 9, 2013
Tighter and more satisfying than V/H/S (although the wraparound narrative is even less interesting), there are three outstanding segments in this anthology and one mediocre part. Long may this series continue.
Super Reviewer
½ July 17, 2013
I like the first 'V/H/S' on the whole, but it was far from perfect. This follow up does represents a serious improvement. There are still issues (mostly centered around the fact that just about every short bends its "found footage" rules almost to the breaking point), but each segment has a solid, workable premise that is scary or just entertaining on its own. I should point out that the best one ('Safe Haven') goes to some truly inspired and insane places.
Super Reviewer
½ July 6, 2013
Not quite as enthralling as its predecessor, "V/H/S/2" still holds on to most of what made the original so entertaining, with practical effects and deep, hardworking scares, remaining the best use of found footage to date. Weaving together four short films of macabre nature with a fifth over arcing film, five different directors take a stab at telling their dark, grotesque stories. "Phase I Clinical Trials", directed by Adam Wingard, remains my favorite of this compilation with a keen sense of humor that was also present in his short "Q is for Quack" from the similar film, "The ABCs of Death". In it, Wingard stars as a man with a camera-eye implanted on him, as he starts to see ghost. This short is the most effective with scares and keeping the audience on the edge of their seat. The rest of the shorts are incredibly well produced, with more convincing horror effects than most features. "A Ride in the Park" depicts a zombie apocalypse, following a particular zombie with a Go Pro camera attached to his bike helmet. "Safe Haven" depicts an interview crew being terrorized by a cult and witnessing the birth of the devil. And "Slumber Party Alien Abduction" is exactly what its title suggests, producing some of the most lifelike and terrifying aliens to come out a horror film, ever. Although many of the shorts from the first film remain my favorite, the ones in "V/H/S/2" are on the same level, with interesting storylines, amazing practical effects, and my full endorsement to keep producing these small, yet hugely entertaining compilations.
Super Reviewer
½ January 9, 2014
Brilliant, found footage, horror anthology sequel. Full review soon.
Francisco G.
Super Reviewer
½ June 11, 2013
More consistent on it's approach than the first one, thanks to cool POV style that is explored on almost all the segments, better acting, gorier segments and some nicely pulled jump scares, VHS2 is a treat for fans of horror bringing a lot of variety to the table. That's obviously where the flaws reside, you will either like most, none, one or two, etc. It's not guaranteed you'll love them all but I'm sure there's something for everyone here. And, well, Safe Haven just steals the show on it's maddening crescendo of gore, creepiness and very well executed story. Pretty sure this is the one everyone will like, stealing the show and keep people talking about it for a long while.
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