Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
V/H/S/2 Movie Poster Image
Tons of violence, over-the-top gore in anthology sequel.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
No messages here other than "don't go in the creepy house or woods, and definitely don't try to film yourself all the time."
Positive Role Models & Representations
The characters aren't on screen long enough to become role models, and the ones who are have serious flaws (adultery, cowardice). Hardly anyone survives.
In the most intense sequence, a religious cult involves (off screen) sex with young girls, mass suicides (with guns and poison), bloody operations, zombies, and massive amounts of gore sprayed around. Another segment includes zombies attacking, ripping open people's bodies and devouring bloody entrails. Scary ghosts appear in another segment, and aliens attack in the final segment. In the wraparound segment, a man films himself trying to blow his own head off, but he fails, "merely" blowing off his jaw instead. His bloody, gaping mouth and tongue are shown hanging out. Nearly every character dies, including a cute little dog.
Two topless women are shown. A woman meets a man in a hotel room for sex; viewers see them kissing and undressing through the window. (The inference is that it's an illicit affair.) A woman has sex with a man to distract him from seeing a ghost. There's a quick shot, through a doorway, of two minor characters having what looks to be hardcore sex: The man's naked bottom is shown thrusting. A woman flirts with her boyfriend over the phone and uses sexual innuendo. A woman is shown to be pregnant from an illicit affair with her boyfriend's best friend. A teen girl starts to have sex with her boyfriend but is interrupted.
Strong language is constant in the first and fourth segments but less so in the second and third. Many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "Jesus," "goddamn," "t-ts," "d--k," "ass," "hell," "oh my God," and "faggot."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters casually drink beer in the first segment, and teens drink liquor during a slumber party in the fourth segment.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that V/H/S/2 is an anthology horror film that's a sequel to 2012's V/H/S, which did poorly in theaters but well on DVD/streaming. This installment has a largely new cast and crew, though it takes place in the same creepy house. Violence is very strong and gory, including disemboweling, mass suicides, failed suicides (and gaping wounds), ghosts, aliens, zombies, dead bodies, a dead dog, and huge spatters of blood. Two topless women are shown, and two sex acts (one of them is fairly hardcore, though it's very brief). Language is very strong in two of the segments, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t," among other words. Teens drink alcohol in one scene during the final segment.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byarthur m. June 11, 2018

pas mal mais histoire pas tres originale

un bon film mais on pars dans des histoires de zombies et alien moin créative que le premier ce qui est dommage mais le film est assez bien mais des fois il ya... Continue reading
Adult Written bycallofduty5 April 20, 2014

Great horror anthology homage, but only for older teens!

Having seen V/H/S, I decided to take a look at it's sequel V/H/S/2. The movie tells you about a pair of private eyes who take on a look for a missing stude... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byYaseenP07 November 19, 2016

Best in the series

Tape 49 : 3/5, Pretty Boring
Phase One Clinical Trials : 3.5/5, Scary, but relies too much on jump scares
A Ride In The Park : 5/5, Great zombie short
Safe Have... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTornadosplash44 October 15, 2016

Unique like the first one but much more gory!!!!!!!!!!!

This movie great and definitely better than the first!!!!!!! Definitely a great horror movie for people who want uniqueness and over-the-top gore!!!!!!!! Howeve... Continue reading

What's the story?

A detective and his partner -- who are searching for one of the missing teens from V/H/S -- find the creepy house with the buzzing TV sets and the stacks of VHS videocassettes. Naturally, they start watching a few. The first one is about a man who gets an eye transplant and starts seeing ghosts. Next, a biker films himself riding along a trail when zombies attack (his helmet camera becomes a zombie-cam). In the third segment, a film crew tries to get the inside scoop on an Indonesian religious cult, but their own dirty secrets betray them. And, finally, attacking aliens disrupt a teen slumber party. Meanwhile, strange things are happening in the house.

Is it any good?

Aside from the somewhat lazy wraparound sequence, the ideas here are fairly inspired. The trick with V/H/S/2, as well as with V/H/S, is coming up with excuses for characters to film themselves just before bad things happen. As with the first movie, low quality is actually the goal, but only in the fourth segment is the hand-held camerawork nausea-inducing. And even then, as the barely visible aliens advance toward the camera, the technique induces queasy panic. 
Mostly though, this is a surprisingly professional and surprisingly effective movie. There are no real characters to speak of, and it's all about the sensation. The movie's approach simulates a viewer's point of view -- the viewer is the major character -- but it adds an extra layer of terror by removing the option to look away or blink. It can be genuinely scary. Only the extreme gore, which has a tendency to slowly and sickeningly increase over time, could be a drawback for true horror fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about V/H/S/2's violence. Is a horror movie scarier with lots of blood? What's the impact of showing so much gore? What's the appeal of over-the-top violence?
  • What makes the movie scary? Are the monsters scary, or is it the way that the movie tells the stories?

  • Why is sex often so much a part of horror movies? What message is this movie sending about sex?

  • For the YouTube generation, when everything is public and online, what's the appeal of VHS tapes?

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