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 –
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+