V/H/S 2 (2013) - Various
In their search for a missing student, two not-so-honest private investigators break into the student's house where they come across a large column of TVs with a collection of VHS tapes littered about. The television screen crackles with images of static white noise but when the investigators begin to view the cassettes, the true horror begins. While with all compilations one can expect variations in quality, I didn't like V/H/S because all the segments were bland and uninteresting. Fortunately with V/H/S 2, the segments are far more fun, brutal, and unique. The First Segment "Phase 1 Clinical Trials" is a rather silly concept involving a man who is adjusting to a post operation where he was given a robotic-eye implant. With the implant he begins to experience strange things, like seeing the dead. The segment has a few good jump scares but it's a rather pedestrian concept that lacks any true terror. Next up is "A Ride in The Park' a more generic concept about a biker whose morning is interrupted by zombies. This segment is much more fun than the first segment, featuring some pretty sick and twisted imagery as well as some pretty intense and creative camerawork. The story of this segment is able to expand in an effective way which is impressive given the found footage limitation. The third segment "Safe Haven' is easily the best segment of the film. It follows a group of documentary filmmakers who convince a cult leader to let them film his commune. This segment has all you want in a horror short being creepy, brutally twisted, and unique. This segment also appears to be the longest segment of the film, as if the group of filmmakers realized ahead of time that this was by far the strongest concept. The last segment 'Slumber Party Alien Abduction' is about exactly what it sounds like and consists of probably the best imagery of all the films, though it's also the most nausea-inducing. V/H/S 2 is far better than its predecessor and outside of the rather uninteresting opening segment, it's consistently entertaining and frightening.
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