Here I am all guffed up on coffee and ready to relive the uncomfortable nightmare that was VHS 2 and don't worry,
With my goldfish like attention span I am the perfect viewer for horror anthology movies. I like that you can get so much stuff in such a small time frame. This limitation forces the writers & film makers to bring their A-game. It's flash fiction for a visual medium.
3 out of 5
Some shorts were better than others, but ALL were memorable.
The camera work was a massive improvement on it's predecessor, the film makers showed you exactly what you needed to see & I didn't experience the inescapable blindness that often cripples handheld movies.
There were times when VFX were a little less polished than they should have been, but that's just me looking for things to pick at.
With the exception of an overly goofy looking goat, I was immersed the whole way through.
Each short had it's own high points & when emotional connections were put into play I was completely on board with them. The sheer variety in the scope of the stories was refreshing. I can't think of another anthology as diverse.
I found the kids in the last short to be more crass than they needed to be, it really pulled me out of caring.
A lot of their antics seemed needless and stupid - although maybe I'm just out of touch with the youth of today.
Either way it was a pity because I didn't care about any of them except of course - the dog.
First off if you're not BIG into horror then this flick ain't for you. VHS 2 isn't a popcorn movie it's a cringe and cling to the sofa kind of film. There's more than one healthy dose of discomfort & if you'd describe yourself as a prude (even under your breath) I'd recommend you give this one a miss.
The sequel to 2012's VHS it seems that the film makers have managed to take all that was good about the first one and refine it for this second instalment. All whist cutting out (mostly all of) the unnecessary curse laden dialogue.
The film opens to a man & woman doing what men & woman like to do together sometimes (helpful hint - it's not knitting)
The amorous pair are being filmed through a motel window by a man who we later learn will use tape for blackmail purposes, nice fella. After a naked altercation with the subject of his latest film blackmailer & his girlfriend drive on to their next job for the evening : a house filled with VHS tapes.
The place is strewn with videotapes and crackling static splashed screens. The girl starts popping on tapes while blackmailer goes to have a look around - this frame narrative holds the film together.
The first short starts with a chap who is being fitted with a bionic eye. The implant very quickly starts glitching & giving him some very interesting abilities. Truth be told I had to turn on a few more lights than usual when I went to pee after that one.
It has stuck with me.
Another three shorts follow this, I won't elaborate for fear of spoiling but highlights include a flying dog, an Indonesian cult & a zombie POV cam - which in itself justifies this movies existence, I cackled the whole way through it.