It’s been a short bit since the last time I sat down and watched a found footage movie. This time it is the sequel the very well made anthology V/H/S, properly titled V/H/S 2.
The main story this time around plays out better than the last one did. Instead of a bunch of hooligans going to steal a tape we have a private investigator looking for a missing kid when he and his girlfriend stumble upon a room full of televisions and VCRs with some tapes to watch.
Instead of 5 stories this time we get 4. Does it make for a better movie? Yes and no. Three of the four are very well put together and make for a very intense, graphic, terrifying ride, but the second story in the anthology just falls flat, and in some ways I wish it wasn’t included.
“Phase 1: Clinical Trials” revolves around a man who lost an eye in a car accident and gets a bionic eye implant. This eye performs like a regular eye but also transmits back what the person is seeing back to the doctors for data analysis.
After returning home this man starts to see strange events in his home. He soon finds out that he is now able to see spirits and they are not at all happy. A girl comes to visit him who had a procedural done to her ears when she was a child and she can hear the ghosts but can not see them. She comes to warn him about what is going on. This story makes for a very chilling supernatural story and plays out very well, especially in the audio department. It’s a good start to what appears is going to be another fulfilling anthology of horror.
We now move onto story two, “A Ride in the Park”. This is where we start to take a tumble. This is just an average zombie story, which really doesn’t go anywhere and serve any purpose. It’s graphic in nature but definitely not scary or terrifying. I felt as if I was watching a bad student film and couldn’t help but laugh as this story went on. This story really didn’t need to be in there and felt that it soiled what was a great anthology.
Story three was “Safe Haven”. Think of this one as a Indonesian horror take on Waco. This was a very unsettling story and terrifying. Great use of sound and the acting was very well done. This added to the intensity of the story and the full build up of what was to come. Basically we have a man who is like an Indonesian David Koresh. He has build a compound where he and his wives and children live. He has promised them that Paradise awaits for them after they give themselves to the almighty. He also said that when they pass into Paradise they will receive the blessing of immortality. What plays out is a freaked out horror show, not only shocking in nature but shocking in the visuals. This was a very chilling story and one of the best between both anthologies.
The last story of the anthology was “Slumber Party Alien Abduction”. It’s pretty much what the title states. Kids are having a slumber party and aliens show up. The manner in which it happens is intense and also terrifying. From the loud noise of the space craft, to the flashing flights, the tall grey aliens. Everything starts off nice and fun, but soon turns bad quickly.
Timo Tjahjanto, the director of “Safe Haven” should be commended on doing an excellent job at making one of the best stories between the two movies. He really knew how to work the camera and get the emotional responses needed from his actors. Safe Haven I do have to warn is very hard to watch at times. The graphic nature of the story is I think the most graphic of all the V/H/S stories.
The main story that plays out through the movie was called “Tape 49” and follows the private investigator team as they look for the missing student. In the end they find out where he is and what has happened by watching a video on his laptop. This story ties everything up nicely.
I was a big fan of the original V/H/S and this one ranks right up there with it. Was it better that the first? It definitely had more intense scares than the first but A Ride in the Park just brought it down some. If that story wasn’t included it would have made the movie better than the first.
Overall though I give V/H/S 2 3.75 out of 5. It does come highly recommended and if you do plan on seeing it, turn out the lights and turn up the sound system, you’re in for a treat. Will there another V/H/S? If they keep up the quality they have been putting out I do hope so. ‘Till next time my friends.