Directors: Simon Barrett , Adam Wingard , Eduardo Sánchez , Gregg Hale , Gareth Evans , Jason Eisener , Timo Tjahjanto
Starring: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott, Adam Wingard, Hannah Hughes, Jay Saunders
Both the first film and second have its hits and misses. Maybe that is the point. The segments offer a chance to showcase a variety of horror directors. They feature a mix of styles and scares by some amateur directors and some who are more experienced filmmakers in the genre. I was a bit skeptical about watching the sequel as I was not overly impressed with the first film. It was too long, some of the segments were awful, and there was not a strong enough flow to it. I wanted more of a connection to the main narrative.
Both films really cater toward lovers of the horror genre. I cannot decide if that is a good thing or not. When you make a movie, is it okay to narrow down and focus on a very specific audience base or should you always try to appease the masses. I feel like you would have to have a strong appreciation for the wide variety of styles found in the horror genre to like each of the segments and enjoy the film as a whole. Movies like this would never make a lot of money if they were given a wide release. If I remember correctly, V/H/S/2 was only open for a very limited, one weekend run in Minneapolis. It may have only been a “midnight movie” at the Uptown Theater. I wonder if this series will continue. There are plenty of mysterious VHS tapes lying around, so theoretically, the material is there for it. There is definitely room for improvement. It helps to have a shorter runtime with fewer segments. The audience does not feel as removed from the main narrative as I felt with the first one. I still think there could be a more cohesive and connected feel throughout while still maintaining this concept of found footage in an anthology storyline.
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RATING: *** (3 out of 5 stars)