JULY 20, 2013

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 serious, 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 a 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” displays an interview crew terrorized by a cult and witnessing the birth of the devil. And “Slumber Party Alien Abduction” is what its title suggests, producing some of the most lifelike and terrifying aliens to come out of 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 exciting storylines, amazing practical effects, and my full endorsement to keep producing these small yet hugely entertaining compilations.

July 12, 2013

Simon Barrett (“Tape 49”)
Adam Wingard (“Phase I Clinical Trials”)
Eduardo Sánchez and Gregg Hale (“A Ride in the Park”)
Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans (“Safe Haven”)
Jason Eisener (“Slumber Party Alien Abduction”)

Simon Barrett (“Tape 49” and “Phase I Clinical Trials”)
Jamie Nash (“A Ride in the Park”)
Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans (“Safe Haven”)
John Davies (“Slumber Party Alien Abduction”)

Magnet Releasing

(for graphic and bloody violence, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language)


96 minutes

Tarin Anderson
Abdul Dermawan Habir
Stephen Scott
Seamus Tierney
Jeff Wheaton

James Guymon
Steve Moore
Aria Prayogi
Fajar Yuskemal

Jason Eisener
Gareth Huw Evans
David Geis
Bob Rose
Eduardo Sánchez
Adam Wingard

Lawrence Michael Levine
Kelsy Abbott
L.C. Holt
Simon Barrett
Mindy Robinson
Adam Wingard

Roxanne Benjamin
Gary Binkow
Kyle David Crosby
Brad Miska
Jamie Nash

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