If you like original horror that has a vicious streak, then you’re going to love V/H/S/2! I wasn’t sure what to expect before I watched this film; a couple of friends had seen it and told me it was really good. But they never got into specifics, saying it was something you had to see to appreciate. And man, I’m glad I did! V/H/S/2 is a hell of a film, and I’m glad I gave it a shot!
If you are not familiar with V/H/S/2, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Magnet Releasing:
From the innovative minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes V/H/S/2, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find a collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance.
You can’t think of this as a traditional horror film. This is actually something new. It is a compilation of short films, all shot from a first-person perspective, that all blend in with the main storyline. But the shorts are not related. In fact, it is the diversity of the shorts that make this film so enthralling.
As I mentioned, each short film in V/H/S/2 is shot from the first-person perspective, so in a sense these are found-footage styled pieces. But they are so much more as well. Each film has its own style and voice, which allows you to switch gears when each film ends; this is not a negative, but in fact a good thing. The different tones set a unique mood for each film…and as a result, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster ride of terror and fun.
For example, one of the segments is called “A Ride in the Park”. In this piece, a mountain-biker mounts a GoPro camera on his helmet and sets off for a ride on a trail. But things quickly go downhill when he stumbles across a group of shambling zombies. I will not disclose the rest of the short, but it is excellent and one of my favorites.
I particularly like how all the short films are secondary to the main plot-line. However, if I were forced to find a fault with V/H/S/2, it would have to be that not much is explained in regard to the primary story. It is tense and suspenseful, but I didn’t know much about what was going on throughout it. Perhaps this because I have yet to watch the first V/H/S…if so, I will have to remedy that very soon.
V/H/S/2 is a definite win for me, however, and I highly recommend giving it a look. There is some truly terrifying stuff in this film, so be ready. But I can definitely see myself watching this one through a couple more times, just to see what I missed the first time around. Give this one a look, if you can.