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Film: VHS 2
V/H/S/2 is a 2013 Found Footage anthology film featuring segments directed by Simon Barnett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Gareth Evans, Timo Tjahjanto and Jason Eisener. It is a sequel to 2012's V/H/S.

A pair of private investigators bust into a house to find a missing college student and discover a bunch of tapes, one among which reveals what happened to him.

  • Tape 49- The wraparound. A pair of private investigators go to the house of a young man after his mother hasn't heard from him for a couple days.
  • Phase I Clinical Trials - A man undergoes an experimental procedure in which he has an eye with a camera put into it which records everything. It's not before long until he starts seeing dead people.
  • A Ride in the Park - A bicyclist is attacked by a zombie and becomes one.
  • Safe Haven - A news channel crew tries to investigate an Indonesian cult.
  • Slumber Party Alien Abduction - Exactly What It Says on the Tin.

This movie provides examples of the following:

  • Affably Evil: Every bad guy in Safe Haven but particularly The Father and the man with the shotgun who requests the hero not to interrupt while he is about to blow a guy's brains out. After completing the deed, he thanks the hero and blows his own brains out.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The ending of "A Ride in the Park".
  • Alien Abduction: Obviously in Slumber Party Alien Abduction.
  • Apocalypse Cult: The cultists in Safe Haven.
  • Apocalyptic Log: All of the tapes save for Tape 49.
    • Tape 49 counts too. The segment itself is the tail end of a recorded apocalyptic log, we just don't see the rest.
  • Ate His Gun: The rider at the end of A Ride in The Park, and the cultists throughout Safe Haven.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The siblings in Slumber Party Alien Abduction spend the first few minutes pranking and annoying each other, but once the aliens show up they've got each others' backs. Not that it matters in the end...
  • Black Comedy: Lot more than in V/H/S especially A Ride in the Park and the end of Safe Haven.
  • Brown Note: What the tapes in the wraparound segment are meant to be. BTW, you are watching them too...
  • Continuity Nod: One of the VHS tapes played in the opening scene is from the previous film's wraparound segment.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: There is an increasingly strong implication of this throughout both the first and second film. It's implied in the ending that the tapes themselves are directly tied to it.
  • Dark Messiah: The leader of the cult in Safe Haven is presented as this, as he goes on about how he and his flock will be lead to heaven. Not to mention the demon thing at the end...
  • Death By Child Birth: Horrifically played straight in Safe Haven where a demonic goat-like creature bursts out of a pregnant woman killing her.
  • Decoy Protagonist: In Safe Haven, the story begins from the POV of the producer of the news channel. He is killed off and story shifts to a different POV.
  • Demonic Possession: Two examples.
    • After all the people come kill themselves in Safe Heaven, they come back as violent thralls for the demon.
    • In Tape 49, its implied that tapes did this to the Ayesha, judging by her.....movements after she attacks Larry.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: The main characters of each short are MUCH less obnoxious than the ones in the original, starting with the wraparound: in the first the bookends centered around a group of college-age sexually abusive thugs breaking into someone's house to steal a videotape, while in the second they center around a no-nonsense private detective couple investigating the disappearance of a college student.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mike, in "A Day In The Park" winds up blowing his brains out due to Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
  • Eye Scream: The protagonist of "Phase I Clinical Trials" ends up cutting out his own eye. It just makes him unable to see what's attacking him.
    • The protagonist of "A Ride In the Park" gets a barbecue-fork in the eye when attacking a parent.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: "A Ride In the Park" showcases this at the end, when Mike accidentally butt-dials his girlfriend. This prompts a My God, What Have I Done? moment in the now-zombified Mike.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The demon at the end of Safe Haven.
    The Demon: "Paaaapaaaaaa....."
  • Facial Horror: The college student post-suicide is missing the lower half of his mouth and his tongue is flapping out.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • We don't actually see the demon from "Safe Haven" kill Adam, and since he's his son, it's possible that he spared him. What the demon did to Adam after the camera went off is still a mystery, although it's possible that the demon grabbed Adam and flew him...somewhere, similar to Clint from the first movie.
    • Since the aliens from "Slumber Party Alien Abduction" abducted the teenagers instead of outright killing them, one can only assume what kind of experiments they have in store for them...
  • Fingore: The first victim in "A Ride in the Park" has all the fingers on one of his hands bitten off.
  • Foreshadowing: That bang heard when the investigators are about to enter the house with the cassettes? Turns out that it was the college student blowing off his lower jaw to "make his own tape".
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Adam from "Safe Haven" loses his mind after hearing the demon call him "Papa", and he starts Laughing Mad.
  • God of Evil: The cult in Safe Haven worship one. He's brought out in the segment and goes on one hell of a rampage.
  • Gorn: All of the shorts feature blood and guts to some degree, but A Ride in the Park and Safe Haven stand out. The former is very gory with lot of close-ups of zombies eating entrails, while the latter features multiple people getting stabbed or blowing their brains out, to say nothing of the childbirth scenes. Also, the ending of Tape 49.
  • The Greys: The aliens in "Slumber Party Alien Abduction" look like this, though much more taller than the standard depiction.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up:
    • When the cyclist in "A Ride in the Park" eats his first victim, you can fully see all the intestines and organs he rips out the man's stomach. Crosses very heavily with Nausea Fuel.
    • At the end of "Safe Haven", Adam starts Laughing Mad, with blood and mucus falling from his mouth and nose and practically hitting the camera lens.
  • Hope Spot: At the end of "Safe Haven", Adam manages to get in his car and quickly drive away from the cult's location. Cue demon randomly appearing and flipping the car off the road...
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in Safe Haven and Slumber Party Alien Abduction. Possibly played straight in A Ride in the Park since we see the father and his two children leave. But the fate of other children is left unclear.
  • Kick the Dog: The Greys in "Slumber Party Alien Abduction" literally do this. It also crosses into Shoot the Dog, as they're only interested in the humans, allowing poor Tank to drop from a good two-story height.
  • Laughing Mad: This is how "Safe Haven" winds up concluding.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the end of Tape 49, The college kid gives a thumbs up to the audience after he kills the other private detective.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: The Father in "Safe Haven" explodes into this.
  • Meaningful Name: As pointed out in the commentary track, the two main characters in Phase I Critical Trials both have meaningful names that are Stealth Puns on Live-Action TV shows from The Nineties: Clarissa delivers a lot of Exposition about the supernatural elements, so it can be said that she "explains it all". Herman's ocular implant causes him to be able to sense ghosts, so the problem is all in his head.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: In "Slumber Party Alien Abduction", the shots from the dog's point of view are achieved with a camera attached to to an Alf doll: Since all you see of the dog stand-in is a pair of furry ears, this isn't too obvious.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: At the end of "A Ride in the Park", the bicyclist becomes cognizant enough to recognize the voice of his girlfriend on his phone and kills himself.
    • This installment is rather zombie-heavy. Aside from this segment, both Safe Haven and the framing story feature zombified characters, and the ghosts' makeup in Phase I Clinical Trials makes them look like ones.
  • Product Placement: iPhones make prominent appearances in Phase I Clinical Trials and A Ride in The Park..
  • The Reveal: Three times, all of which in "Safe Haven."
    • The "community" the film crew's investigating is actually a suicide cult.
    • Lena gives birth to a demon that resembles some kind of Anti Christ.
    • The demon is Adam's son.
  • Satan: Given that it sports a goat head, horns and bat-like wings, the monster at the end of Safe Haven is most probably the devil himself.
  • Rule of Scary:Like it's predecessor the movie lives off of this trope. There is really no logical explanation as to where the monsters, aliens, or any supernatural entity came from. They exist to provide fear and suspense to the people watching the movie.
  • Shirtless Scene: The Father in Safe Haven when the god is about to come out. He also sports some nasty markings and scars all over his body.
  • Slashed Throat: How the cameraman from "Safe Haven" dies.
  • Take That Me: While investigating the house of the missing college kid one of the detectives saw a video footage of the thugs from the first movie mugging a woman in the parking lot. Her disgusted reaction to the tape mirrors how the viewers of the first movie must have reacted and how unlikable the thugs look to the casual viewer.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: It spoils various key elements from the film, including what are arguably some of the Money Making Shots from "Safe Haven", where The men all shoot themselves in unison and the Father explodes.
    • Never Trust a Trailer: One of the trailers is cut in such a way that the shots of the birthday party and the blood-covered man driving away in the van look like they are from the same short, when they actually aren't.
  • Villain Protagonist: In A Ride in the Park, the protagonist gets turned into a zombie and stays this till the end.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Twice in "A Ride in the Park", just before the cyclist (and the person who inevitably bites him) transform into zombies.
  • Your Cheating Heart: This is actually a major plot point in "Safe Haven".
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Featured in the second tape.
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