The found footage genre is really gotten to the point that most of the entries are just a waste of time. It seemed there was little new to add to this film style to make it worth giving the films a chance, but with V/H/S they successfully not only used the genre to create a great film, but also worked it more effectively into the story than most before it. With the success of the first film it came at no surprise that they quickly churned out a new one aptly titled V/H/S/2 and continued the anthology style from the first film this time from directors Simon Barrett, Jason Eisner, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, and Adam Wingard.
V/H/S/2 follows two private investigators searching for a missing student and break into his house only to find a huge collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance. With the first film they pushed the boundaries creating the perfect franchise for this type of filmmaking letting the various directors pretty much do what they want and connecting it together with a bigger story. In the latest addition to the series they are able to ignore everything related to the previous film and just move onto a new story using the same technique and once again it delivers. Both films work perfectly, but this one plays a bit better as a whole. There was a bigger story here that they look to have created using the tapes as some sort of doorway to pure evil without ever really saying that. All of the stories play really well focusing on ghosts, zombies, and aliens. But easily the best of the bunch focuses on a cult that plays really creepy and gets more so as it moves forward only to take a turn into the occult making for the perfect cap to the rest of this great horror film.
The last film was a bit all over the place but still worked perfectly in what they were trying to accomplish. This one felt like they had more of a direction showcasing almost every variation of monster-ish idea into one film without ever missing a beat. This is easily one of the best new horror franchises out there and with the way these are made seem too easy to crank out. Hopefully this will not be the last of the series, but let’s hope they continue to let the directors do their thing and not start trying to force it to happen. In addition to this great film the DVD also includes numerous special features including trailers, commentary, photo galleries, and numerous featurettes.
Be sure to grab your copy of V/H/S 2 when it hits shelves on September 24th.