The creators of V/H/S/ and V/H/S/2 at least find clever ways to make that issue go away, by involving the cameras in their movie's segments in a more natural way, making them feel as if they are an unobtrusive part of things.
That's not to say that the V/H/S films are without their share of issues, but they at least try to make things seem more plausible, at least on the "how could they still be recording?" front.
We thought the first V/H/S was decent enough on the whole, and we absolutely expected its sequel to improve on the formula that it established, taking the franchise to the next level.
As it turns out, V/H/S/2 is ends up being about the same kind of affair as was the first; half good, half not so much. *We're going to do our best not to spoil the movie with too many details, as each segment has its own unique hook & twist that is better experienced with no prior knowledge.
Tape 49- The wrap-around segment was solid for the most part, although it did contain some huge gaps in logic. I can't understand what would possess someone to enter a creepy house in the middle of the night, find a creepy room filled with videotapes & TV's that have been left on, and then begin to watch them... with the lights off... without having searched the house first... (I'm trying to make way more sense out of this than I should be.) To make things even worse, they split up in the dark house, which makes even less sense. Then, when one of them gets a headache and starts feeling out of sorts, the other says "I'll run to the pharmacy and get you some aspirin, you stay here!" That's some lazy, insulting shit right there. The segment falls apart a bit at the end too, with the last shot feeling far too cheesy for the terror that preceded it.
|She deserves whatever is about to happen to her.|
|She actually kicked things off with a literal bang.|
|Zombies don't usually wear helmets, but if you think about it, it's probably a really good idea.|
Almost an A, but the ending instead makes it a very solid B+
|Kids make everything creepier. Everything.|
DO NOT WANT
|This segment had us rooting for the aliens.|
V/H/S/2 doesn't consistently deliver in the scare department like we hoped it would, but when it does work its creepy magic, it works well. The film's atmosphere is gritty and real, and it never feels forced or false. As far as the blood & gore quota goes, this movie delivers plenty of crazy, graphic, and inventive kills. This one is messy, and it pulls no punches in the shock department.
*HERE, THERE BE SPOILERS!* If one thing kills the V/H/S movies, it's the lackluster writing. Why would you ruin a perfectly great segment in an anthology by having a goat puppet say "Papa!"? Why would you make the characters in the wrap-around segment do things that no sensible person in their right mind would ever do, just to allow the story to take place? Why would you make a group of kids so annoying that you have no desire to pull for them to survive? Why in the hell would you have one of the "monsters" give a tongue in cheek "thumbs up" at the end of their segment, which effectively kills the mojo that it spent the whole movie trying to build?
Gaps in logic and poor characterization aside, the random addition (at least it felt random) of dark humor into a movie like this doesn't make things better. For us, it's missteps like that that kill the good parts in this, or any Horror flick.
V/H/S/2 a mixed bag for us. It's worth seeing for the good stuff, but the bad stuff is really off-putting. I really hoped that the filmmaking collective behind this one would pull off a tighter, more compelling mix of shorts than they did with the first V/H/S, but that is not the case here. There are too many kitschy and winky "lol" moments that took us out of this one, and that's really a bummer.
If you liked the first one, then V/H/S/2 is worth a VOD rental, just know that it's an uneven experience at best. If you didn't really like V/H/S, then maybe rent something else.
V/H/S/2 gives us some much needed beauty amidst all of its blood & carnage, and that's never a bad thing.
I'm not sure where the gorgeous Indonesian Hannah Al Rashid has been hiding, but she needs to be in more movies, asap. She's like a younger, hotter Catherine Zeta Jones, and she can act too.