V/H/S/2 just became available on instant Netflix.



V/H/S 2 (2013) – Rated R

“Two private eyes investigating the disappearance of a student discover horrific content on a collection of VHS tapes in his home. But these videos don’t just document evil … they actually contain a very dark presence.”

One Line Review: A good concept ruined by the actual concept. Again.

I was not a big fan of the first film (V/H/S – currently available on instant Netflix) but I was happy to give the sequel a try. I really loved Amicus’ run of portmanteau films (Tales from the Crypt, From Beyond the Grave, The House that Dripped Blood) but then those had Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasance and other stars in them.

V/H/S/2 wants to set a mood right away so it is only seconds before we are treated to a young topless woman. To show equality this is quickly followed by full frontal male nudity. Having established our horror prerequisites, we can now settle into our wraparound story about a couple of skeevy private investigators.

As with V/H/S, the individual tapes they find each tell a story. The first story is essentially The Eye which is a shame. One about a bicyclist is pretty funny. The cult story is very gory and intriguing but disjointed – if it had been more coherent, this one would have made a good feature film. The final tape they find is about aliens and looks like it was written and filmed by a fifteen-year-old with ADHD. It is easily the worst of the bunch. The wraparound story will just have you shrugging your shoulders. The funny thing is that in each case, the found footage shaky cam makes the story so much worse than it would otherwise have been.

V/H/S/2 is marginally better than the first and, if you don’t mind the gore, a passable waste of an hour and a half.

More Netflix Horror – V/H/S, Hell, 7 Below, Intruders

Here’s another batch of good and not so good horror films streaming on Netflix:

Intruders (2011) – Rated R

“Childhood demons become all too real in this thriller starring Clive Owen as the father of a girl who dreams of creatures that are out to get her family. A parallel story focuses on a Spanish mother and son who go up against a faceless stranger.”

Easily the best of the four, Intruders has a decent storyline and several very creepy moments but ultimately doesn’t thrill so much as intrigue.

Hell (2011) – Rated R

“The sun has turned the entire world into a baked and barren wasteland. Heading for the mountains in search of water, Marie, her sister Leonie and Phillip run into Tom, a first-rate mechanic who becomes indispensible. But can they trust him?”

This is a fascinating misfire from Germany. The atmosphere and cinematography are nice but the whole thing devolves into a ‘hillbillies kidnapped my friends’ scenario.

V/H/S (2012) – Rated R

“Hired to steal a rare VHS tape from a secluded house, a group of petty crooks breaks in and discovers a corpse surrounded by TVs and stacks of tapes. Now they must watch each horrific and bizarre video as they search for the correct one.”

This is a neat idea for an anthology movie. Unfortunately the individual stories are only so-so and the wraparound story is ridiculous.

7 Below (2012) – Rated R

“After a bus accident leaves them stranded, a group of strangers must ride out a storm in a foreboding house with a frightening history: A century earlier, a 10-year-old boy brutally murdered his family there.”

Val Kilmer continues to sink into Direct-to-DVD oblivion. He honestly seems asleep through his small role in this picture. Ving Rhames is better but the movie is terrible, simply terrible.