Conclusion: 'V/H/S/2' is even better than the first. It flows better and has more genuine scares. These horror anthology films aren't over yet, as #3 is on the way. The video and audio presentations are great with some decent, if not too brief extras. This is a perfect film for Halloween. Highly recommended.
Excerpt: Even with as many horror anthologies as I've devoured and as many found-footage flicks as I've suffered through, I still hadn't experienced anything even close to V/H/S . At its best, this experimental, fiercely independent anthology was so disturbing and so unique that whatever flaws it had could easily be shrugged off.
Conclusion: In his review of the first V/H/S , my colleague Casey Broadwater questioned whether "found video" had run its course. I approached V/H/S/2 with trepidation, but on the strength of the invention shown in the "Safe Haven" and "A Ride in the Park" shorts (and even in the "Tape 49" framing device and "Phase I Clinical Trials"), I came away feeling that there's life in the format yet. Even "Slumber Party Alien Abduction" represented an intriguing concept .
Excerpt: V/H/S was defined by its defiantly DIY aesthetic and pervasive "boys will be boys, girls will be man-eating succubi" tension. For some, the DIY look represented a commitment to the found-footage genre and willingness to take it to its distortion-ridden extremes, while its gender consciousness was merely an acknowledgment of horror's misogynist past; to others, it was a sporadically successful gimmick concealing a paucity of good material paired with outright gender...
Excerpt: The success of the low budget "V/H/S" last year proved that the found footage horror genre is a great way to do a horror anthology, with the style itself linking vignettes together in a way that doesn't require any other explanation. It had its problems, but it also showed that there's a lot of potential if the right group of people could be put together to make it work.
Excerpt: For 30 screaming-mad minutes, V/H/S/2 achieves a kind of fever pitch of nightmare hysteria. Like last year’s V/H/S , the film is an odds-and-sods collection of horror shorts, each directed by different indie filmmakers and all made in the trendy found-footage style of Paranormal Activity . The original possessed a few scattered scares, but nothing that could have prepared viewers for the full-throttle assault of its sequel’s best segment.
Excerpt: Some of the best sequels aspire to be bigger and crazier than its predecessor and that point could not be more on the nose when it comes to V/H/S/2. The original found footage anthology was a mixed bag of horror shorts that in retrospect I may have ranked higher than I should have- but that’s only because the sequel makes it pale in comparison.