Official Selection, SXSW 2013
Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival 2013
“Amazingly iconic shivers... a consistently terrific genre omnibus” - Bill Gibron, POPMATTERS
“Quicker, slicker, and perhaps even sicker than the first entry” - Scott Weinberg, FEARNET
When the original V/H/S carved a bloody swatch through the 2012 festival circuit, genre fans were more than a little excited by the combination of found footage and anthology horror… and by the laws of filmmaking, its success clearly called for a quick follow-up. But V/H/S/2 was different — and mark our words when we say that never before has an immediate sequel gone so far beyond its predecessor in every single way. V/H/S/2 delivers four lightning-fast segments from a quartet of horror’s finest, swaddled tightly in a clever, dark wraparound that pays homage to — and ultimately leads into — the groundbreaking original.
Adam Wingard, the mastermind behind YOU’RE NEXT, starts us off by delivering “Clinical Trials Phase 1”, wherein a partially-blind slacker (played by the director himself) is outfitted with a cybernetic eye… but when he starts seeing spirits all around him, he begins to realize that the dead don’t like being noticed, and they’ll do whatever they can to keep him from glimpsing into their world. In “A Ride in the Park”, found footage maestro Eduardo Sánchez (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT) outfits a mountainbiker with a helmet cam, but when the cyclist’s bitten by one of the shambling undead, his bike video quickly becomes a terrifying — and often hilarious — first-hand look at just what it’s like to be a zombie! Coming out of the gate swinging are Indonesia’s Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans (THE RAID), whose agonizingly intense “Safe Haven” may just be one of the scariest things you’ll ever experience. When a news team tries to infiltrate an isolated cult, they begin to realize that not all is as it seems — and by the time they realize that they’re up to their knees in the supernatural, it’s far too late. And finally, channeling the films of his youth, is HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN director Jason Eisener, whose “Slumber Party Alien Abduction” sees a group of kids — and their dog! — fending off a group of vicious extraterrestrials on a beautiful summer’s eve. Holding them firmly in place is Simon Barrett’s “Tape 49”, the film’s clever wraparound which furthers the mysterious legend of the series and its cursed format.
Where the original V/H/S stumbled, its sequel delivers on every level. An absolute showstopper with more genuine scares and leap-out-of-your-skin moments than any ten of its ilk, V/H/S/2 is that rare sequel that not only eclipses its predecessor — it blows it right out of the damn tape deck.
— Ted Geoghegan