One Minute Review: V/H/S/2 (2013)

Release Date
July 12, 2013
Director
Simon Barrett – “Tape 49”
Adam Wingard – “Phase I Clinical Trials”
Gregg Hale – “A Ride in the Park”
Eduardo Sánchez – “A Ride in the Park”
Gareth Evans – “Safe Haven”
Timo Tjahjanto – “Safe Haven”
Jason Eisener – “Slumber Party Alien Abduction”
Screenplay
Simon Barrett – “Tape 49” & “Phase I Clinical Trials”
Jamie Nash – “A Ride in the Park”
Gareth Evans – “Safe Haven”
Timo Tjahjanto – “Safe Haven”
John Davies – “Slumber Party Alien Abduction”
Distributed By
Magnet Releasing
Horror, Thriller
Rated R for graphic and bloody violence, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language
96 minutes

V/H/S/2

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.

 

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