Watching movies can be one thing, but letting them determine how your life goes is another. If the movie ends with a positive message, you are much more likely to take a look back at how you live your own life and see what you could do better. If the movie comes out with a negative message however, you could be more likely to not reflect on anything you have done and just think about how much better you have it in your life, or that the movie has your troubles in this world pegged. Either way, movies do change our outlook on life in one way or another, it just depends on what you want to take from them.
After a job gone bad, private investigator Larry and his girlfriend Ayesha have taken on another project. Getting a call from a worried mother, they are now on the hunt to find her wayward son. Being given an address and the guarantee that there will be an open door or unlocked window to get into his last known residence, the couple are able to enter the home, but what they find is much more than they could have ever expected.
With the young man’s laptop sitting on a chair in a room littered with television screens, Ayesha starts to watch what he was doing. Putting notes on all of the V.H.S. tapes in the room, the young man was trying to unlock their power and make up his own. While Larry searches the house for clues to what has happened, Ayesha pops in one of the tapes and is astonished to see what is on the screen before her. As a man is featured leaving the doctor’s office with a new eye implant with a camera imbedded in it, he is ready to start his life over again. Seeing some things out of the corner of his new eye, he dismisses it as a glitch, but as he continues to see what appear to be dead people coming at him, he tries to get his doctor to correct whatever is going wrong with the implant. Being pushed away, he runs into a young woman who can smell the dead and tells him not to focus on them and only keep his eye on her. Thinking everything is all good, he tries what she tells him, but finds out that what he keeps seeing may be realer than he could imagine.
A second tape is inserted into the player showing a young man riding his bike and affixed with Go Pro Cameras. Enjoying his ride, he is shocked to see a hysterical woman running towards him asking for help. When he sees a zombie herd that she is running from, he tries to gather her and get to help before it is too late. Being bitten, he is not able to control his urges and a firsthand account of a zombie attack is recorded, but is there still some of him left in his lifeless body? The third tape is put into the player and a documentary about an Indonesian Cult is reviewed. The reporters are trying to gather the truth about what is happening in the building where the cult is held up and find that the Father is not ashamed to be who he is and is proud to "cleanse" all of his followers regardless of age. Being equipped with hidden cameras to record everything inside of the compound, the reporters are shocked to find out that they are on the premises to witness the time of reckoning. Being outsiders, they are not required to drink of the same water as the followers, but are all targeted when the transformation comes to life.
Checking on his girlfriend, Larry is shocked to see her lying dead on the floor in front of the televisions. With one tape still sitting on the floor, he pops it in and gives it a view. Two brothers and a sister are being left at home alone for the night and they are all looking to have a great time. The sister calls her friends over, and the boys follow in suit. The brothers only want to torment their sister since she is supposed to be studying, but has decided to have some adult fun. As the sleepover progresses, both groups take shots at each other, but a loud scream comes from outside of the house. Not knowing what is happening, aliens have entered the house and take everyone out for testing. Being able to escape, the brothers and sister run for their lives, but the grey men are close on their tails and let out a loud scream whenever they are close enough to capture the humans. Finding refuge in a barn, the group think that they will be safe, but the aliens have a plan up their sleeves. Not knowing what is really happening between the tapes and his girlfriend’s death, Larry finishes the tape and reviews the final moments of the video left on the laptop, only to find that there is something much more powerful at play and he can forget about getting paid.
Much like its predecessor, V/H/S 2 is a group of horror stories that have been compiled into a larger story. Still covering a vast array of horror genres, it is hard to look away as you wait to see what the next story will bring. With more zombies and undead than you can shake a stick at, you are left wondering what the power of these tapes really is and if something like this really did come out, would you be able to survive watching it? I think this is better than the first for one reason, there is someone trying to explain what the power of the tapes is, although I still don’t see why anyone would be trying to put new footage on old technology. Stay Scared.