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The Buzz:

        Two private investigators have been hired to track down a missing college kid, but when they get to his house all they find are some TV's and a collection of VHS tapes containing strange, horrible tapes of the paranormal in this follow on to the 2012 cult hit.

 

Life of the Party:

        If you liked V/H/S, then you'll certainly find something to enjoy in this sequel. It's the exact same premise, and the exact same execution. For those who haven't seen the first film, then don't worry since besides the concept there's no real connection between the two films (besides a very quick clip near the beginning of the film). All you need to know is that none of the tapes are connected to each other, and each one forms a short horror vignette much in the vein of other horror-compilation films.

        While it's debatable just how scary each of the short films is, what the film does a great job of doing is racketing up tension and suspense (at least in some of the stories anyways). The film is designed for turning all the lights off and watching with a group of friends (preferably at least one of whom is easily scared and perhaps a bit jumpy). And while fans of horror may find nothing really different or unique in V/H/S/2, there are enough really well executed parts to give everyone some amount of appreciation. I also like how the different tapes are different enough that each person in the group can probably find at least one that they like.

 

Grandpa's off his meds again...

Potential Hangovers:

        One thing I did find somewhat disappointing is that this film relied a lot more on gore-horror than its predecessor, and while some enjoy that sort of thing, I grew quite tired of it a long time ago. I appreciated V/H/S because it was so weird and didn't entirely rely on this method of "horror," whereas V/H/S/2 falls on this crutch with pretty much every short.

        And while I personally don't find this a real negative, the fact that this isn't a high-budget film clearly shows in some aspects, especially in the creature-FX. In my non-experience as a film maker I believe that if you don't have the budget to make some truly spectacular creature-FX, never show the creature clearly in the shot, or even go the Stephen King route and never show the audience what it is pulling people off into the dark. V/H/S/2 decided to not follow that line of thought, and so while again I won't take away points from the film, many will look at the monsters and lose some respect, which is a shame when you sit back and realize just what the creators pulled off with such a small amount of money.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Date Night

        V/H/S/2, as I mentioned before, is best served with friends and a plethora of drinks during your "horror film movie night" event. Alternatively, at least in my mind, horror films can make great date-night films (at least, with the kind of women I tend to spend my time with), and this film can certainly fit that bill with its many different themes and plots ensuring that each person will find at least one segment that they enjoy.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Well executed horror-short compilation

+ Everyone can find at least one segment they'll enjoy

+ Great at racketing up tension

- Relies too much on gore-horror for my taste

- Not everyone can enjoy and respect low-budget flicks

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