Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jason versus V/H/S 2

The original V/H/S was a flawed but entertaining piece of work that I thought would be the final nail in the coffin for the found-footage genre. Surprise! It wasn't. In fact, they made a second one. And I watched it. Does it surpass the first? Stick with me.

Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find a collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.

Dark would be an understatement actually. There is some fucked up shit going on in V/H/S 2, and I say that with the utmost respect. This is a movie that takes the idea of the first and improves upon it in every way. 

For one, each story in V/H/S 2 works. Sure, some are better than others, but there isn't a dud in the mix. My favourite is Safe Haven from The Raid director Gareth Evans. It's as fucked up as anything I've ever seen, and wonderfully gory. When it was over, I had to pause the flick and grab another beer to simmer down

Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisner offers Alien Abduction Slumber Party. It's the lightest of the four stories, but still disturbing in its own right. Eduardo Sanchez does the honours of providing a zombie's eye view of things with A Ride in the Park, which is really quite funny and touching -- yes, touching -- when all is said and done.

I had a lot of unsettling fun with V/H/S 2. I'm still done with found footage, but at least a handful of filmmakers were inventive enough to keep it interesting for another hour and 40 minutes. 

A Good.
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