Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
A format that just won't die!
This sequel to the shaky V/H/S is now visually tolerable. The scenes are paced better and the shorts don’t rely as much on clustering transitions. Like the original, V/H/S 2 is a horror anthology entirely shot under the non-spoken rules of found footage films. This includes the wrap-around story. The special effects are better, supernatural by the nature of the script and therefore more ambitious.
Every short is gory, controversial, sexy, and probably contains nudity. The creativity level has been cranked up a notch. Aside from a breath-taking third story that goes in all sorts of directions, the material, here, is simple enough and deals with types of monsters we, the viewer, have a heard of. You get ghosts, zombies, demons and aliens, namely.
Though seemingly made for people who appreciated Amicus, Creepshow, Trilogy of Terror and other popular anthologies, it lacks the uniformity, attention to detail and rudimentary skills that made the classics legendary. On the other hand, the makers are experienced and know what they are doing. We're seemingly surfing on a stagnant subgenre that, by definition, isn't expensive, yet scary.