This was the horror movie I saw at Sundance earlier this year that absolutely knocked my socks off.  I’ve been a fan of the horror anthology film ever since I was young.  In fact, *spoiler alert*, I plan on doing another horror anthology film for tomorrow’s pick as well!  But let’s talk about V/H/S/2 right now.  It’s a sequel to the so-so original V/H/S.  Both films use the same techniques.  They essentially utilize the “found-footage” trope to varying degrees.  The first V/H/S I have a respect for, more because of what it tried to do, and less for the outcome of the product. The plan was to take a bunch of emerging horror filmmakers and give them each a short segment in a larger package.  Some of the stories in it were good, others were not so great.  But all in all, it was a valiant attempt.  It sold well at Sundance, so it spawned a sequel.  Originally when I saw this film, it was called S-VHS, which was an upgraded progression of the original VHS technology.  And in my opinion, it’s a more apt title.  V/H/S/2 is an upgrade to V/H/S in every way.  It was like they learned from all their experiments and mistakes in the first movie and then fixed them all.  And boy, they knocked it out of the park on this one.  Each story is so fun and well crafted that there really isn’t a weak link in the bunch.  It’s a fun mix of both style, and most importantly, tone.  Some are creepy, some are goofy and fun, and some are downright terrifying.  I will leave which fits into which category on its own, not to ruin the fun, but I do need to take a moment to talk about one of the segments in particular.  The centerpiece of this movie is a story called, “Safe Haven.”  It’s twice as long as the other segments, and probably one of the most incredible horror shorts I’ve ever seen.  Directed by an emerging genius, Gareth Evans, who did one of the greatest action movies ever made, The Raid, this film also takes place in Indonesia.  It follows a reporter’s access into a secret and terrifying cult.  It starts insane and only goes more berserk from there.  I will not ruin anything, but I will say you’ve NEVER seen anything like it.  Ever.  It actually garnered a rousing ovation (in the middle of the movie!) at my screening during Sundance.  People were hooting and hollering when it was over like a rock concert.  And it deserved it.  Worth a watch for that segment alone, but actually all of the bits are so much fun.  Hats off to all the filmmakers, I really can’t wait for V/H/S/3.

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