Sunday, October 9, 2016
Day 28: V/H/S/2 (2013) 1h 36m
I think I've seen all of the V/H/S series. It's tough to remember because there are a lot of these horror compilation style films out there now. Looking back at Creepshow and moving all the way up to more modern ones like Southbound, they all begin to melt together. I do remember seeing V/H/S/2 though.
Technically there are five films in one here. The first involves a man seeing more than he bargained for when he gets his new experimental eye implant. Number two, which is my favorite of the group, is a zombie with a GoPro. Our third film involves a strange Indonesian cult and a documentary crew. The fourth pushes the focus more into a sci-fi/horror realm with a group of hormonal teens and tweens. The final one is the very shoddy glue of V/H/S/2 which focuses on some private investigators trying to track down a college student, breaking into his home, and piecing things together by the VHS tapes and a laptop video.
I call the final one shoddy because I feel like they really had no clue how to fit together each of those shorts and they just created this component to make it work. It's more like duct tape, or bubble gum and tooth picks.
Out of the remaining four, V/H/S/2 has two strong shorts, one decent short, and one that is forgettable. It's not bad, just forgettable. The great thing about these short film collections is that if one isn't that great you know something else is coming soon. For that, I say V/H/S/2 is pretty strong.
I give V/H/S/2 3 Betamax tapes out of 5: