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V/H/S/2
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Or As Rex Reed Would Call It, "V"
4 stars

I had originally intended on skipping the horror anthology "V/H/S 2"--the first one was little more than a bloody bore and the idea of sitting through another collection of gory short films by up-and-coming genre figures utilizing the found footage gimmick struck me as a waste of time that could be better spent watching "Sharknado." However, once desiccated bon vivant and failed shoplifter Rex Reed wrote a full review panning the film even though he claimed he walked out on it for good at a point that only occurred maybe 20 minutes into the proceedings--a move that cause much outrage amongst the fanboy contingent, though it could hardly have come as a surprise after his infamously inaccurate recap of "The Cabin in the Woods" just last year--I figured that I should probably check it out and found that, while no masterpiece by any stretch, was at least an improvement over its predecessor.

For starters, by only containing four stories instead of five, it manages to wrap things up before totally wears out its welcome. For another, the found-footage gimmick is implemented with a little more plausibility this time around--with maybe one exception, you don't find yourself asking why these idiots are continuing to film even when all hell (and worse) is breaking loose around them. The stories are also a little better this time around. The first features a guy who has a high-tech camera implanted in his damaged eye following an accident and begins seeing creepy ghosts and ghouls as a result. The second centers on a guy whose morning bike ride, complete with helmet-mounted camera, is gruesomely interrupted when he is attacked by a zombie and transformed into a ghoul in search of fresh prey. Next up is a tale of a news team that arrives at the remote Indonesian outpost of a religious cult to do an investigation of them at what can charitably be considered the worst possible time and eventually learn that there may have been more to the surprising ease of their entrance than they originally suspected. The final tale is entitled "Slumber Party Alien Abduction" and I suspect is pretty much self-explanatory. (There is also an exceptionally lame framing device that more or less serves as a fifth story but adds perilously little to the proceedings.)

For me, the high point was the one involving the zombie bike rider, a amusingly gross entry co-directed by Eduardo Sanchez, who helped kick off the whole found-footage horror sub-genre years ago with "The Blair Witch Project." The eyeball story that upset Reed so much is basically a long set-up for its final gag that is save only by the fact that it is a pretty good gag at that. The death cult story is intriguing but runs on a little too long and concludes on a fairly silly note. As for "Slumber Party Alien Abduction," it is probably the weakest of the bunch in terms of execution but I could see it one day being expanded into a reasonably effective feature in the vein of something like the original "Poltergeist." "V/H/S 2" is no classic but it sort of gets the job done and if it had been released back in the day, I might have kept a cassette of it, though I probably would have kept the tab on to record over it if something better came along.

Oh yeah. . .Rex Reed sucks runny eggs.

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7/01/17 Charles Tatum More meh. 2 stars
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USA
  12-Jul-2013 (NR)
  DVD: 24-Sep-2013

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  12-Jul-2013
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