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Directed By
Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard

Simon Barrett, John Davies, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Jamie Nash, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, L.C. Holt, Kevin Hunt, Lawrence Michael Levine, Mindy Robinson, Adam Wingard, John T. Woods

V/H/S/2 (2013)
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Movie Review by Mike Thomas
September 21st, 2013

Night Gallery - With No Censor Buffer

Favorite Movie Quote: "Now it's time to make my tape."

A gumshoe (Lawrence Michael Levine) is investigating the disappearance of a young man (L.C. Holt). On a lead, they break into an abandoned house, only to find an array of televisions, VCRs, and piles of video tapes. While Larry searches the rest of the house, he assigns his assistant (Kelsy Abbott) to search through Kyle's computer - and review some of the tapes in the house.

Big Mistake.

Roll Credits.

V/H/S/2, the sequel to the horrifically successful, and gory V/H/S, is an exercise of "more is better." Ayesha reviews four tapes: An eye replacement surgery, with the required "new eye sees things it oughtn't" consequence, a zombie clip - from the zombie's point of view, an interview with a mad cult leader (is there any other kind?), at his private compound, and the results of what happens when bullies are bullied - by aliens.

V/H/S/2 is shot exclusively in the first person, so it essentially puts the audience in the shoes of the victims of each of these gory scenarios. This reviewer could not determine which vignette was the most disturbing, as each clip had its own degree of terror. It is a true anthology of gore, with no story string between each tale, decaliters of blood, but surprisingly not a proportionate amount of actual gore on screen. If there is any story string in this film, it is between Larry and Ayesha, to a point Kyle, and their reactions in the house.

The sole gripe in this tale of horror is the first person aspect. The first person, though pulling the audience into the film, has always suffered from from nauseating camera movement, out-of-focus framing, and ultra close-ups that show the audience virtually nothing. On the positive side, the seven directors for this anthology showed the audience only what they really needed to see in their storytelling. The rest is left to their own speculations. And the bigger your imagination, the worst your nightmarish assumptions.

On my personal rating scale of with '5' being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and '0' being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a '5,' using my Patented Bell Curve for Horror Films. The reason for such a high mark? The seven directors set out to make five of the goriest, most disturbing shorts put to film. Blood was everywhere, sounds of limbs breaking, flesh slashing, blood spattering made sure that goal was met. So for shock value, body count, and the extreme sanguine factor, to a factor of ten, V/H/S/2 "spiked the ball."

The film rated "R" for graphic and bloody violence, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language. If you are in the slightest bit squeamish, or have eaten earlier, do not watch this movie. Trust this reviewer on this.

V/H/S/2 will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD September 24, 2013

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