V/H/S/2

Oh god yes.

Oh god yes.

I realize that I never actually released a review V/H/S, perhaps because I saw it a bit too late.  I’ll be honest, I liked it.  I thought it was a cool idea for a new genre of found-footage films.  And I really dig short stories.  This isn’t to say that V/H/S was perfect (seriously, how does a Skype conversation end up on a tape?), but it was most certainly enjoyable and worth seeing.  I think these films have an appeal similar to that of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.  Nostalgia a little there?  Anyway, when I found out that a sequel was in the works, I was pretty excited.

All I have to say is, I hope you like zombies.  Much like its predecessor, we’re dealing with about five stories.  Three of the five, including the overarching narrative, feature their own version of the undead.  Whoop-di-doo, I’ve never seen a zombie before.  Keep in mind, I have nothing against zombies, but they’re such a typical go-to these days.  When dealing with short stories, be a little creative, you know?  It’s okay to get a little weird.

In fact the weirdest this movie goes is with the segment Safe Haven, in which we observe the investigation of an Indonesian cult.  Solid setup I admit, but when shit hits the fan, man does it fly.  We go from John Carpenter to Sam Raimi in 0-to-60 – all due respect to both directors, but you know what I mean.  Pre-ball-dropping, I think it’s fair to say I enjoyed Safe Haven and Slumber Party Alien Abduction the most due to story and execution.  Though I do give kudos to A Ride in the Park for a neat idea.

Other than that, zombie scares.  And whatever rehashed spook this is –

Oh gee a creepy little girl.  Please, someone save me.

Oh no a creepy little girl. Please, someone save me.

All things considered, this is seriously a lackluster sequel.  It’s far more goofy than creepy, and it substitutes any actual scares for brief moments of intensity.  The best I can come up with for this is “it’s okay.”

Final Grade: C+

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Posted on June 9, 2013, in Netfix, Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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