V/H/S 2 (2013, dirs. Simon Barret, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisner)
I find V/H/S 2 to be a stronger film the its predecessor. Mainly because there is better cohesion between the different segments, but also because the segments seem to have amped up the atmosphere and tension within the narratives. While I still really enjoy most of the first film’s segments, I enjoy all of this film’s segments. And, considering what happens in all of the different segments, first movie included, I can only assume that the segments are artifacts of some sort, perhaps evidence of parallel existence. I’m led to consider this possibility because of the world-changing events in of the segments in the second movie: wildly obvious and attention-drawing UFO abductions, complete with pulsating lights and fog horns; undead ghouls roaming the Indonesian countryside, along with a 6 plus foot-tall goat-headed demon; and finally, a zombie attack at a local park that spills over into a crowded birthday party.
All of these events could possibly be covered up by various elements of local and larger government, but come on, someone’s gonna find this footage or might have tried to record the events peripherally, like distant neighbors of the UFO victims, former members of the cult who were monitoring the compound, and people at the party. And perhaps the “effect” that was mentioned in both movies, specifically in the pre-recorded laptop message from the missing student, is necessary because the filmed events are of a supernatural nature because they are not from this reality, but somehow those videos made their way into our “reality” and that is why they are so sought after.
I don’t know man, I’m probably just hopped up on allergy medication and sleep deprived, but this movie is one that I love watching, which is odd because I don’t own either films on home video, but I do stream them on Netflix.
This is a short post, mainly because I plan to do a more in-depth look at the V/H/S series after the third movie is released and I have that experience to draw from as well.
For now, enjoy the first two if you’re fans of the found footage genre.