Wednesday, December 11, 2013

V/H/S/2 [A Fat Jesus Quick Hit]

I love me some horror anthologies. Trick 'r Treat, The ABCs of Death and V/H/S are good examples, and pretty solid all around. While not masterpieces of horror, they're fun watches that are easy to go back to if you want a good watch. Usually having at least a few good stories, these types of movies are never just completely bad. So when I heard V/H/S/2 was coming out, I was interested. V/H/S/2 follows the over arching story of a private investigator who is tracking down a missing college student. Larry (Lawrence Michael Levine), and his girlfriend Ayesha (Kelsy Abbott), who is also a PI, enter the student's house and find it full of VHS tapes. Ayesha begins to watch the tapes, as Larry investigates the house (finding more tapes and tons of notebooks). What they don't know is that a mysterious figure is watching them from the shadows.

Now I could go through each of the four shorts and nit pick and break them down. But I'm not gonna do that. These are low budget short films designed to bring out the best of these directors. In a couple of the shorts, "Clinical Trials" and "A Ride In The Park", the spirit of of these movie is evident. But they aren't as strong as better spots of the first movie. Then we get into the meat of this movie. "Safe Haven" directed by  Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Huw Evans. It follows the story of a news crew who enters a Indonesian Cult. When things go south, all hell breaks loose as the news crew tries to escape the situation. It's the best this movie has to offer and should been seen by any fans of the horror genre. We end with a safe, yet still absurdly fun, story of a sleepover that turns into a story most people would never believe outside of Nevada, with "Slumber Party Alien Abduction". There's a lot of good and a lot of bad littered throughout this. There's a must watch short in here and it ends on a pretty good note. The early portion of this is very bland and forgettable and it really hurts the overall value of the film though.

V/H/S/2 is still a very solid movie overall, even with the stumbling at the beginning. These actual meat of the movie is really done well, even if all the stories aren't the best ever. The overall story-arch is creative enough too, and still leaves the door open for a third film in the series. There's not much else to say. Though, if you don't feel like trudging through the whole movie to see the best part, "Safe Haven", go give it a Google search. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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