The direct-to-DVD sequel to last year's surprise hit horror anthology film (also a direct-to-DVD release), V/H/S, teams seven directors and nine screenwriters to create yet another gore-filled scarefest in one of the most unique film series the genre has created in decades. Directors Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, and Adam Wingard team up for a movie that is not quite as scary as the first one, but definitely just as much fun. Previous successful film credits of these talented up-and-comers include: Hobo with a Shotgun, You're Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Frankenfish, The ABCs of Death, The Raid: Redemption, Altered, and The Blair Witch Project.
This time around, we are treated to a framing sequence about a pair of journalists searching for a missing college student, breaking into an abandoned home surrounded with TVs and VCRs with unmarked VHS tapes. Each tape is a new story, leading them closer and closer to the answers they seek. The four stories included feature a doomsday cult in the middle of nowhere, a successful eye transplant that allows its new owner to see the dead, a zombie outbreak in the middle of a public park, and a good old fashioned alien abduction in the middle of a sleepover party. Each story is completely different from the one that comes before it, but they are all equally entertaining and sure to garner a few jumps along the way.
Perhaps the greatest strength of a film like this is that it plays on a previous concept (anthology horror), but does not require previous knowledge of the first film. In essence, this series could last, quite literally, forever. If done correctly, the gimmick should never run out. Multiple directors, multiple writers, and multiple stories. Odds are in the future films' favor that at least one good short will be enough to keep this franchise alive and well for years to come. And horror fans will be lining up at the store and pre-ordering their copies online as long as the tradition of excellence is kept alive. Not to mention, the price is right. After all, who wouldn't be interested in getting five movies in one?