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Movie review: 'V/H/S/ 2'

Posted 4:02pm on Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013

Unrated (gory violence, incessant profanity, sex); 93 min.

V/H/S/2 is a properly blood-spattered and chilling collection of shorts — four films from the folks who made The Blair Witch Project, Hobo With a Shotgun, The Raid: Redemption and You’re Next.

The best of them you could certainly see as full-length features. The worst? Simply generic.

The framing device for these “V/H/S” movies is the discovery of old videotapes. The discoverers here — a couple of private-eye blackmailers (Kelsy Abbott, Michael Levine) — stumble onto the cache of some obsessed collector and are shocked by what they see.

Safe Haven is a true chiller. Co-directed by Gareth Evans ( The Raid) and Singapore filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto (he did a segment of The ABCs of Death), it follows a news crew into the world of a Malay Peninsula “Paradise Gates” cult, where The Father (Epy Kusnandar) is alleged to be abusing kids. Turns out, that’s the least of his crimes.

Hobo With a Shotgun auteur Jason Eisener finishes the anthology off with Alien Abduction Slumber Party, a nervy/funny melange of chaotic kids — ’tween boys having a lake party that involves tormenting their teen elders, also having a lake party.

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