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by JC Alvarez
Sunday Oct 13, 2013

Oh, the horror of "found footage!" It's a Hollywood trend akin to television's over-consumption of reality television, but there are moments where the genre actually leads to something creative and moving. In the case of the sequel "V/H/S/2" it's just more of the same horror-fest that drives fans to darkened movie theaters and the safety of sharing in the fever-pitch of mass hysteria. That's not to say that "V/H/S/2" doesn't have as many heart-stopping moments when watched from the comfort of your own living room.

The sequel to the film festival favorite is just more for the gore fan, ready to dive into a loose like a goose narrative that links a series of VHS tapes together for the shock value of it all. The story begins when a pair of private investigators enter what looks like the crack den of a missing student.

Strategically placed in the otherwise empty house is a set-up of monitors and VHS tapes. The two investigators begin to pop one in after another revealing a more horrific tale than the one before!

There are zombies, alien abductions, ghosts, and a sacrificial sanctum for an otherworldly evil that terrorizes a group of filmmakers before revealing itself in broad daylight. "V/H/S/2" is from the same minds that created the "found footage" phenomenon. "The Blair Witch Project" of 1999 had audiences wondering if the tale of the three missing hikers was indeed the work of an elusive witch that haunted the woods. It was one of the first film projects to interact with fans via the Internet to hype itself into the record books.

"V/H/S/2" isn't exactly as evolved as that particular project, but it continues the work that made the first one such a stand out, and gives its audience more of what they were expecting. Sure at times it looks like a college film, but it no doubt is a platform to give future filmmakers of the genre the attention to take things to the next level.

The Blu-ray package is loaded with "special features" that expose the truths behind each story in the anthology and even comes with some behind-the-scenes access that fans can appreciate. There is also a built-in "filmmaker's commentary" that is itself though nonsensical, a treat for anyone who enjoys horror films and filmmaking. Also included as part of the package are the two film versions - the original theatrical release and a more graphic "unrated" version that is just a little more bloody.

available on Blu-ray for $29.98

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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