Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: V/H/S/2 (2013)

V/H/S/2 offers a bombardment of grisly horrors, and though it possesses little replay value and grows somewhat tedious after a while there is enough impressive innovation from these daring directors to warrant giving it a go. I haven’t seen the much-maligned V/H/S, but I am glad I took the opportunity to see this one. The clever utilisation of point-of-view, and the writing of inventive motivations (and somewhat believable ones, often a problem with the genre) for the continued filming of the events, is especially notable.

Whether the camera is a bionic insertion that substitutes for a damaged eye, is strapped to the helmet of a cyclist or attached to the back of a dog, the footage is raw and often difficult to watch on an aesthetic level, but some of what fills the frames of this film will burrow into your soul.

These short films are essentially collaborated YouTube videos – crazy events documented in what is meant to amateur fashion that unveil some of the sinister supernatural things that ‘could’ happen in our world. For fans of the ‘Found Footage’ genre – my experience is limited, my interest normally minimal – I expect this will be a rousing addition.

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