V/H/S/2

  • Review Date: July 9, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Tons of violence, over-the-top gore in anthology sequel.
  • Review Date: July 9, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

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
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.
Violence
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.
Sex
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.
Language
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."
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Adult characters casually drink beer in the first segment, and teens drink liquor during a slumber party in the fourth segment.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 
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. Aside from the somewhat lazy wraparound sequence, the ideas here are fairly inspired. 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.

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 12, 2013
DVD release date:September 24, 2013
Cast:Hannah Hughes, Kelsy Abbott, Lawrence Michael Levine
Directors:Eduardo Sanchez, Gareth Evans
Studio:Magnet Releasing
Genre:Horror
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:graphic and bloody violence, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCharlietheunicorn99 September 14, 2013
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The Review for S-V/H/S

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! This movie is incredibly gory, yet it was toned down from the first film. V/H/S/2 or S-V/H/S doesn't fail to give us the gore and the scares we had from the first one. Of course each segment has its own flaws, but the scares is what really keeps the crowd coming back for more. V/H/S was about a group of misfits whom go to a house to get a rare VHS tape that someone was paying them for, but they get more than what they bargained for. What awaits them are multiple VHS tapes each more terrifying and disturbing than the last. Where V/H/S/2 picks up, we learn that one of the characters from the group of misfits from the first has gone missing. Two detectives try to go find him and see multiple VHS tapes and a butt-load of TVs set up. The first detective is the whole reason I put positive role model. Mainly because he is concerned for the other detective's health at one point of the film. Now that that's done, the first segment is called Phase 1: Clinical Trials. Clinical Trials is about a man who gets a surgery and gets a brand new eye in because the old one wasn't working. He leaves the hospital after the surgery and gets a strange look from a woman. Later he starts seeing ghosts and the woman arrives and they have sex to get the ghosts to go away. They both end up dying at the hands of the ghosts because the guy was stupid enough to interact with them. The second segment is called A Ride in the Park. This is filmed from a man whom is wearing a action pro camera. This is a zombie story where he tries to help a woman but gets infected. He runs off and is found by some other bikers who call for help, but the zombie version of the guy attacks them both and turns them both into zombies. The three then go to a little kid's birthday party where they attack the party-goers and the guy gets a call from his girlfriend. He then realizes that this wasn't him and shoots himself in the head with a shotgun. The third segment is called Safe Haven. This is a cult story where some newspaper reporters go to a cult place and eventually become involved in it. Three of them die and the other one speeds away in a car where a demon thing comes after him and says "Papa" since it came from the woman he had made pregnant. The last segment involves aliens. It is called Slumber Party Alien Abduction. Some teens have a slumber party and aliens abduct them. It is filmed from a camera on a dog and after the kids are abducted, the dog falls on a rod and slowly dies on screen. That scene is very sad. The wraparound segment ends with the missing misfit guy making his own tape and kills the other guy after the other detective becomes possessed and he kills her. The kid then gives a thumbs up and the movie ends. All in all, this is a pretty good movie. I wouldn't say it isn't suitable for kids (clearly the first one should) but it should be okay with mature 14 y/o and up. Thanks for reading and have a Happy Halloween!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byAJG5070 July 13, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Ehhh...

this has every thing u can imagine but alot of ... inappropriate things
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written by150quail November 23, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

It's a big failure. Just way too inappropriate for kids.

The sequel is a huge bust and failure because there is just way too much violence and sexual themes. A lot of language and drinking too. It ruins the movie a lot and possible the worst sequel ever. Waste of precious time that I'll never get back.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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