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This horror compilation sequel is intriguing, but maybe not quite up to snuff...
Magnolia / 96 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: September 24, 2013
The short take on VHS 2 is that it’s better than its predecessor, yet nowhere near as devilishly fun as it has the potential to be. In this post-Saw world, the idea of a horror compilation film, one where a myriad of deranged storytellers get their chances to contribute quickie tales of chaos and torture under the balloon of a simple connecting story arc, is a perfect marriage of creepy-crawly thrill and YouTube attention spans.
Alas, it doesn’t take VHS 2 long to overstay its welcome. The film opens with a drawn-out revelation that a young college student (L.C. Holt) has gone missing, and the detective sent to discover his whereabouts (Lawrence Michael Levine) isn’t exactly the nicest guy in the world. But once we get into the student’s bedroom, we find a string of TV sets and videotapes nearly begging to be watched on them. These are VHS 2’s bread and butter, and they’re… okay.
There are moments of bloody grandeur within the halls of this multi-faceted straight-to-video experiment (the director of The ABCs of Death and even Blair Witch co-helmer Eduardo Sanchez have installments here), but VHS 2 feels so-so when it should be snarky and deviant. Maybe next time around, the moviemakers who participate in a showcase like this one will be more apt to really push the envelope.