V/H/S (2012) Found footage anthology begins when a group of thugs break into a home to find a VHS tape. They find hundreds, so they start playing them to see what it is they’re looking for, each one a found footage supernatural-horror story of its own. Some drunken party bros find a vampire creature in the first and probably the best segment. Ti West delivers a dull one about a honeymoon couple in a motel. A different kind of slasher-in-the-woods story, and two pretty good ones about some guys who go to the wrong house for a Halloween party, and skype chat horror with a fun twist. Pretty good stuff, with plenty of nudity and good enough to watch twice.
V/H/S/2 (2013) Sequel to the previous year’s anthology film where people in a house full of videocassettes play them, each one with a violent tale of supernatural filmed on a handheld cam. Adam Wingard (Who’s Next) directs himself as a recipient of a robotic eye transplant that allows him to see ghosts. Next, a bicyclist in a state park attaches a camera to his head, then gets but by and turns into a zombie. Zombie Cam, that’s a lotta fun. After that is an Indonesian entry, in subtitles. A camera crew gains access into a religious cult when all hell breaks loose. This was the best of the bunch. The final entry is self explanatory: it was called “Slumber Party Alien Abduction.” Some nudity and plenty of gore make this well worth a watch. Every bit as good as the first.
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