Last years big favorite at Frightfest was V/H/S, this year the festival screened the sequel. While V/H/S worked, for this reviewer the jumpy camerawork was just too annoying, despite the quality of some of the stories.
This years stories focused on just five stories:- A man with an eye that sees things you otherwise wouldn’t. A zombie invasion. A tale of alien abduction during a home alone kids party. A story of an Indonesian cult. And finally the wrap around story about a couple investigating the disappearance of a boy, who trades in unusual videotapes.
Those that enjoyed V/H/S might get quite a surprise with this sequel, things are much further “out there” not one of the stories has the potential element of reality that most of last years chapters did, each and every one is well overboard, for some this is just excellent, for others a step too far.
V/H/S 2 is one of those movies that will go down in history as being better than the original chapter, the stories are far more enjoyable, easier to watch, and better performed. From the moment the first chapter unfolds it has you totally gripped, it’s fast paced and compelling, and most of all very, very disturbing.
The first story (excuding the wrap around story) is far the best, it’s just the right length, and really chilling the way the story unfolds. It focuses chiefly on those weird fears that we have about being in a home alone, in the dark, when something happens that puts you on edge. At some point in everybody’s life we experience this phenomena, or fear if you prefer, in doing this you automatically win your audience over, where the story takes you from there however is somewhere truly horrific.
The Raid director Gareth Huw Evans and Timo Tjahjanto deliver the longest chapter, which in fairness is it’s weakness, it kind of lets the story down a little because it’s so out there, going in such ridiculous places. But at the same time, taking quite a while to tell its tale. This said however while it’s the weakest chapter, it’s by far better than most of the original movies tales.
V/H/S 2 is an instant classic, it has everything you want from a horror movie, and so much more.