V/H/S/2 | Chicago Reader

V/H/S/2

Less is more in this horror anthology, a sequel to the cult favorite V/H/S (2012). Like the original, this collects short vignettes shot in the first-person "found footage" style, but instead of six segments there are only four, which gives the directors (among them Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, and Gareth Evans) ample time to pursue their respective ideas beyond the inherent constraints of the gimmick. The most ambitious segment is Evans’s "Safe Haven," about a newsmagazine crew reporting on an Indonesian cult that inhabits an abandoned school; the depiction of extreme violence in confined spaces reminded me of the filmmaker's 2011 feature The Raid: Redemption, as the tone gradually shifts from simplistic naturalism to irreverent metaphysical nightmare. Unfortunately the overall film lacks cohesion.

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