Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Film Festival review: V/H/S 2

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V/H/S lacks the thrills and spills of the original.
V/H/S lacks the thrills and spills of the original.

The original V/H/S was one of the unexpected horror highlights of last year's film festival, an original and claustrophobic thriller that relied on original ideas from a variety of filmmakers to provide its scares.

The sequel, screening as part of this year's festival, is based on the same concept: A couple break into a house and stumble upon a creepy room filled with TV screens and video tapes; As they start watching them, horrible things happen.

It's a great way to frame what is essentially a collection of short films. But few of the segments here live up to what was provided in the first, with only a first-person zombie-cam and an occasionally scary cult nightmare providing any kind of thrills.

Too often it descends into silliness - a haunted eye implant (WTF?) segment opens the film, and the alien abduction sequence has been done many, many times before - meaning V/H/S is starting to look as aged as the video tape format it relies upon.

Stars: 2/5
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