There was a little horror film that came last year called "V/H/S." If you read my 2012 year in movies on my Facebook page, you may remember reading about it. It blew my mind completely by being very dark and sinister. For you folks who haven't seen it, time to get on your Netflix account and check it out on Instant Stream. Its a truly effective little horror film and its impressive how the found footage and anthology sub-genres of horror can be meshed together with delight.
"V/H/S/2" has come out this year, a movie I never expected to see. For how effective "V/H/S" really was, I never expected a sequel. Not that I am complaining, because this sequel is more raw, more intense, and more insidious than the first. Get ready to not relax and get ready to not sleep as you feast your eyes on the second chapter of this wonderful series.
I wish this series was better marketed and it was released in a more commercial fashion, because both entries in this series deserve to be seen with large crowds. The first film featured a group of thugs who are hired to break into a house to steal "a tape" for "a buyer." The group of thugs search the house but find several videotapes, including a room filled with several television sets. The thugs take turns looking at each video tape looking for "the right one." We, the audience, also watch the videotapes which are disturbing beyond calculation. The tapes never really connected to make a larger story, but the scares each segment featured carried the film.
In "V/H/S/2," one thing I love right away is that the segments seem to be somewhat connected to each other. This sequel follows two private investigators looking for a college student who has gone missing for days, the investigators go to a house and we see a similar setup...a room full of videotapes and several televisions sets. Its awesome and spooky all at the same time and fans of the first film will love the nostalgic feel of the first film.
What I also love about this sequel is that we are given small hints to how this sequel connects to the first film. The group of filmmakers this time out are really proactive about creating a huge mythology revolving all of these videotapes. Its interesting because the first film primarily had to do with strange deaths on unsuspecting individuals, while the sequel points to end of the world being neigh. How both films collide and the clues we get about an expanded mythology make me cackle with glee. If we are in for a full-out "V/H/S" series, I am there totally.
The sequel really raises the bar on the scares. There were several points where you could relax during the first film. During this sequel though, there is barely time to relax. My favorite segment by far is "Safe Haven." You'll know it when you see it, as its revolves around a cult and there are plenty of Indonesians. Its the most disturbing to me simply because cults of any kind freak me out. And this segment really milks why cults are scary to begin with. Its the craziest and scariest segment of the whole film, but the rest of segments are a horrific delight. As I watched the final segment with the alien abduction...where a poor puppy gets hurt...yes a puppy gets hurt...one thought crossed my mind. These relentless and savage filmmakers are dangerous. They have no filter on what they will and will not show, and that is horrific power to have making horror films.
If you are a fan of the horror genre in any way, shape, or form; you owe it to yourself to check this series out. Check out "V/H/S" on Netflix, then rent "V/H/S/2" on ITunes. Then have as many friends over as you can, sit back and get ready to have fun jumping, squirming, shrieking and relishing in the true terror that is this wonderful series. I surely hope more is on the way with this series, because I for one am ready.
If this wasn't enough incentive to see this movie. Let me just say one more thing. After viewing "World War Z," "V/H/S/2" is the best zombie movie of the year by far. And that's all I am going to say about that.
FINAL GRADE: A