More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “V/H/S/2,” the sequel to last year’s found footage horror anthology — not Sony’s failed bid to win the Betamax/VHS format wars by creating a superior cassette tape with twice as much capacity.”
Directors: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard
Cast: Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L.C. Holt
Criticwire Average: B+ (21 critics)
Synopsis: “Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance.”
“More frightening and way more fun than the first.”
“Lacks some of the original’s subtleties but delivers a nearly unbroken series of visceral shocks.”
“If you liked last year’s horror collection called ‘V/H/S’ then there’s virtually no chance that you’ll dislike the sequel; it’s quicker, slicker, and perhaps even sicker than the first entry.”
“A mixed bag, both in terms of the horror shorts it presents and the identity the franchise is trying to acquire.”
“‘V/H/S/2’ has one less segment than its predecessor but one more great one. The wraparound hour may not be very good, but those middle 40 minutes are a lot of fun.”
“V/H/S/2” is now available on demand.
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