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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 follow-up sequel entitled V/H/S: Viral was released October 23, 2014 and a third one, V/H/S/94, was released on October 6, 2021.

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. Larry and Ayesha, a pair of private investigators, break and enter into the house of a college student (Kyle) after his mother hasn't heard from him for a couple days. They discover a collection of tapes that the student has amassed, and as they watch them, things become more and more surreal.
  • Phase I Clinical Trials: Herman Middleton has lost his eye in a car accident. He undergoes an experimental procedure in which his ruined eye is replaced with a cybernetic eye with a camera put into it which records everything. It's not before long his new eye has him start seeing ghosts, who are aware that he can sense them... and aren't happy about it.
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  • A Ride in the Park: With a camera mounted on his helmet, cyclist Mike Sullivan goes for a bike ride in a state park. During his ride, Mike is attacked and bitten by a zombie. He eventually dies from his wounds, reanimates, and attacks a married couple, who become zombies themselves. The threat escalates when the zombified trio begin terrorizing a birthday party.
  • Safe Haven: The film's longest segment. In Indonesia, Malik, his fiancée Lena, and his friends Adam and Joni manage to gain entrance to the compound of Paradise Gates, a suspicious cult. The foursome are part of a film crew who are hoping to shoot a documentary about the cult's mysterious activities with many hidden cameras. Little do they know that the cult practices demonic worship, and they take particular interest in Lena, who happens to be pregnant.
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  • Slumber Party Alien Abduction: Brothers Gary and Randy attach a camera to their dog Tank to shoot videos. When their parents leave on an outing, they invite their friends Shawn and Danny to play pranks on their older sister Jen and her friends. The kids and teenagers engage in one prank after another, but things quickly become serious when aliens come to abduct them.

The film has received mostly positive reviews from critics who praised the clever irony and human melodrama in each segment (especially "Slumber Party Alien Abduction" which had immature, jerkass teenagers banding together against aliens). In contrast, the first V/H/S movie earned mixed reviews and critics saw the sequel as an improvement.

This movie provides examples of the following:

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     In General 
  • Apocalyptic Log: All of the tapes save for Tape 49. Although Tape 49 was in the process of becoming one itself.
  • Ate His Gun: The rider at the end of A Ride in The Park, the cultists throughout Safe Haven and Ayesha herself during Tape 49. Also Kyle, the missing college student and center of attention in Tape 49. Not that it killed him for long.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: The characters aren't considered saints but the movie at least would put an effort in making the viewer feel some sympathy for them. Especially when they're literally fighting for their lives against forces far more sinister than they've ever witnessed.
  • Black Comedy: Lot more than in V/H/S especially A Ride in the Park and arguably the end of Safe Haven.
  • Camera Abuse: Just about every segment (except Tape 49) features this.
  • 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.
  • Daylight Horror: The most horrific parts of A Ride in the Park and Safe Haven take place in the middle of the day.
  • Death of a Child: In Safe Haven and entirely in Slumber Party Alien Abduction. Possibly averted straight in A Ride in the Park since we see the father and his three children leave, but the fate of the other children that were at the party including the birthday girl is left unclear.
    • The dead girl in Phase I Clinical Trials. Herman doesn't answer when Clarissa asks if he's ever hurt anybody, and considering he had an eye injury from a car accident, it's implied his accident killed both the girl and her father.
  • 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.
  • Downer Ending: Every segment, but "Safe Haven" has a very interesting type of sad ending.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Product Placement: iPhones make prominent appearances in Phase I Clinical Trials and A Ride in The Park..
  • Rule of Scary: Like it's predecessor the movie lives off of this trope. There is really no logical explanation as to where the supernatural entities came from and how the zombie apocalypse started. They exist to provide fear and suspense to the people watching the movie.
  • 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.

    Tape 49 
Private investigators Larry and Ayesha break into a missing college student's house to find out why he went missing and that is where they discover his stash of VHS tapes. This is the wraparound segment.
  • Brown Note: What the tapes in the wraparound segment are meant to be.
  • Continuity Nod: One of the VHS tapes played is from the previous film's wraparound segment Tape 56.
  • Facial Horror: The college student post-suicide is missing the lower half of his mouth and his tongue is flapping out.
  • 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".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the end, Kyle, the college kid, gives a thumbs up to the audience after he kills the other private detective.

    Phase I Clinical Trials 
Herman gets an ocular implant with a camera, but it suddenly makes him see ghosts. A young woman, Clarissa, joins him on the quest to escape the ghosts.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: A unique horror and matter-of-survival variant of this trope, Clarissa attempts to get Herman's mind off the ghosts by flashing her boobs and preparing to have sex with him because as she explained, if Herman keeps paying attention to the ghosts, they grow more powerful.
  • Eye Scream: Herman ends up cutting out his own eye. It only makes him unable to see what's attacking him.
  • Force Feeding: The ghosts shove Herman's eye down his throat, presumably killing him.
  • Foreshadowing: When Herman and Clarissa discuss the ghosts, Herman suggests removing his implant to get rid of them. Clarissa shoots this down, saying that it'll only keep Herman from seeing the ghosts instead of outright getting rid of them. At the end of the segment, Herman uses a straight razor to cut out the implant. Just as Clarissa said, this does nothing to help him, as the ghosts (now unseen to him) proceed to throttle him.
  • I See Dead People: Herman's eye and Clarissa's cochlear implants let them both see and hear ghosts.
  • Meaningful Name: As pointed out in the commentary track, the two main characters both have meaningful names that are Stealth Puns on Live-Action TV shows from The '90s: 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.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: They're all around us, but rarely are people able to sense them. When you can, the ghosts can tell, and the more you interact with them — i.e. even so much as look at them — the more they can interact with you in turn. And they're not kind.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Ocular and aural implants that allow people to see and hear the frequencies at which ghosts operate.

    A Ride in the Park 
A bike rider who runs into the middle of an unexplained Zombie Apocalypse in the park gets bitten by a zombie and turns into one. He then becomes a crucial catalyst of the apocalypse.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The ending. Although seeing how he was a zombie, it may be difficult to actually classify him as a "villain".
  • Autocannibalism: After resurrecting, undead Mike takes a bite out of his own arm, but doesn't find it palatable.
  • Birthday Episode: A little girl has a birthday party during the zombie apocalypse, although she most likely died after blowing out her cake candles.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Both the distressed lady and Mike puke up a bunch of blood before they transform.
  • Body Horror: A few of the zombies have their intestines trailing across the ground along their ankles
  • Boom, Headshot!: A guy with a shotgun manages to headshot a few zombies before he's tackled from behind and eaten.
  • Car Fu: One party-goer runs over zombie Mike in an SUV.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mike blows his brains out due to Even Evil Has Loved Ones.
  • Dying as Yourself: An undead Mike accidentally dials his girlfriend’s voice message and the sound of her voice seems to reawaken some vestiges of humanity within him. Realising his horrific state, he proceeds to grab a nearby discarded shotgun and put himself down.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 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, causing him to grab a nearby shotgun and blow his brains out.
  • Eye Scream: Mike gets this when a father of three girls stabs his eye with a barbecue pitch-fork.
  • Fallen Hero: Mike and the Good Samaritan couple were all decent people willing to help out anyone in danger before they turned into cannibalistic freaks.
  • Fingore: The first victim in "A Ride in the Park" has all the fingers on one of his hands bitten off.
  • Gun Nut: Apparently one guy with a trucker hat came to a little girl's birthday party with a double-barrel shotgun. The zombies staged a surprise attack on the party.
  • Made of Iron: Mike as a zombie is able to endure two baseball bat swings, a barbecue fork, a shotgun blast and even getting run over. Somehow even the camera survives all that abuse.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Zombie Mike when he regained his memories and consciousness before re-animating back was probably thinking this as he just killed a few people and tried to kill more.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In "A Ride in the Park", the Good Samaritans are bitten and infected turning into zombies as consequence for their good deeds.
  • No Name Given: Other than Mike who is the protagonist, everyone else doesn't have an on-screen name. The ending credits even address Mike as just "Biker".
  • No Zombie Cannibals: A zombified Mike tries to eat his own arm, but only takes one bite before spitting it out in disgust. He also stops eating the first man he kills after that man comes back as a zombie.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The segment's title doesn't say anything about zombies, and while a ride in the park does appear, it's only an insignificant detail.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They can remember who they used to be. At the end, Mike becomes cognizant enough to recognize the voice of his girlfriend on his phone and, after realizing what he's become, kills himself.
  • Papa Wolf: One father of three girls successfully escaped and drove his daughters to safety away from Mike.
  • Perspective Flip: Usually zombie films require you to see from the side of the alive humans at a third-person narrative. "A Ride in the Park" shows you a first-person perspective from the zombie's eyes. It turns out that the humans aren't that much less dangerous to the zombies than vice versa, as Mike was shot and stabbed and beaten up with a baseball bat.
  • Skewed Priorities: One woman just lies on the ground grieving for a deceased friend of hers even though she can see for herself that zombies are all around her.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: The birthday cake and barbecued burgers and hot dogs got abandoned when their potential eaters ran away to avoid getting eaten themselves.
  • Too Dumb to Live: One surviving video footage came from a party attendant while he was subdued and eaten alive by a female zombie. Why stand still in the middle of a zombie-infested party? Same goes for that guy who came with a shotgun but stood completely still while shooting zombies and forgot to check for blind spots.
  • Villain Protagonist: Mike gets turned into a zombie and stays as this till the end.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Twice, just before the cyclist (and the person who inevitably bites him) transform into zombies.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zombie Mike chases three little girls to eat them because they were the slowest and easiest prey.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: A first-person found footage recording of one at that.

    Safe Haven 
A news channel crew investigates an Indonesian cult.
  • Affably Evil: Every bad guy but particularly The Father and the man with the shotgun who requests Adam (albeit somewhat aggressively) not to interrupt while he is about to blow the Decoy Protagonist's brains out. After completing the deed, he thanks Adam and blows his own brains out.
  • Apocalypse Cult: The cultists.
  • Chest Burster: A 9-foot tall goat/human hybrid demon (Baphomet?) bursts right out of his human mother's host body. What'd you expect?
  • Dark Messiah: The leader of the cult 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 where a demonic goat-like creature bursts out of Lena, killing her.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The story begins from the POV of the producer of the news channel. He is killed off and story shifts to a different POV.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The demon.
    The Demon: "Paaaapaaaaaa....."
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Adam loses his mind after hearing the demon call him "Papa", and he starts Laughing Mad.
  • God of Evil: The cult worship one. He goes on one hell of a rampage, after he is born.
  • Hope Spot: 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...
  • Laughing Mad: This is how the tape winds up concluding.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: The Father suddenly explodes into this.
  • No Name Given: While the demon isn't named, it is a goat-man so it appears to be Baphomet.
  • Pipe Pain: Adam momentarily arms himself with a pipe to defend himself after he goes after the pregnant lady.
  • The Reveal: Three times.
    • The "community" the film crew's investigating is actually a suicide cult.
    • Lena gives birth to a demon that resembles some kind of Antichrist.
    • The demon is Adam's son.
  • Satan: Given that it sports a goat head, horns and bat-like wings, the monster is most probably the devil himself.
    • It bears a closer resemblance to Baphomet, a pagan deity often used to represent Satan.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: This segment brings the action to Indonesia after the prior film was set entirely in the US.
  • Shirtless Scene: The Father when the god is about to come out. He also sports some nasty markings and scars all over his body.
  • Slashed Throat: The cameraman's after the Father attacks him.

    Slumber Party Alien Abduction 
A group of children and teenagers engaged in a "friendly" prank war amongst themselves get abducted by aliens.
  • Alien Abduction: The aliens' motive for doing so is never stated, though it could be because they intended humans for dissection and autopsy to study their biology.
  • Alien Among Us: One alien spied on the humans while hiding in the lake without being visible from the surface, indicating that the aliens have camouflaging abilities.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Being aliens, their morality could be colder than that of humans. They ruthlessly pursue and abduct the humans, and they have no qualms about violently shoving the dog if it gets in their way or indirectly causing the dog's death with their tractor beam.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The siblings 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...
  • The Bully: The kids and teens are extremely cruel to each other just to get some laughs out of it. In the end, they get forced to care for each other and run for their lives with their only priority being to find refuge.
  • Coitus Interruptus: Jen's brothers prank her by interrupting her having sex with her boyfriend.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Jen and her boyfriend get back at Randy's earlier Coitus Interruptus by having Tank film him masturbating.
  • Dwindling Party: The aliens round up all six teens while in the house. Zack is the first to go, Danny and Shawn are never seen again after the aliens barge in likely meaning they were brought to the spaceship, the remaining three are thrown into the lake before running off into the woods where they get snatched one by one with Gary the last one remaining getting beamed up into the aliens spaceship.
  • Free-Range Children: Randy and Gary see their parents' absence as a golden opportunity to run wild and have fun. The parents did trust the teens (Zack and Jen) to be looking out for them, but those two would rather be partying, swimming and having sex than babysitting.
  • The Greys: The aliens look like this, though much more taller than the standard depiction. They look like Greys crossed with Deep Ones, actually, considering their aquatic faculties. It's also rare in sci-fi that grey aliens are taller (let alone same height) than humans.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Zack after arming himself with his dad's shotgun volunteers to go protect everyone, but fails and gets captured. Later on, Jen sacrifices herself so that Gary and Tank can get away, though it's wasted when he's nevertheless captured moments later.
  • Hollywood Darkness: The aliens wait until night for the invasion. They were always there even in broad daylight, and when night comes they cut the power to the house so that their spaceships remain the only source of light to easily lure in the humans. It works.
  • Idiot Ball: The teens use their dog as the cameraman for their Go Pro helmet camera, but they never bother to check the film at all as the dog spotted an alien in the lake.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The teenagers and children are cruel and play sick pranks just to be trolls but the alien invasion makes them band together.
  • Kick the Dog: The Greys 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.
  • Monster Threat Expiration: The aliens, which were initially shown to aptly strike at lightning speeds, walk and crawl towards the children at the pace of the dead in the subsequent scene.
  • Mood Whiplash: While all segments do have a shift in tone from good to horrible, "Slumber Party Alien Abduction" has the strongest one mainly because of the ear-piercing white noise that suddenly interrupted the teenagers' laughing and pranks on each other.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tank's barking helps the aliens spot the remaining humans.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: The shots from the dog's point of view are achieved with a camera attached to an ALF doll: Since all you see of the dog stand-in is a pair of furry ears, this isn't too obvious.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: Gary screams this to Tank as the aliens are taking him away on their UFO.
  • Police Are Useless: The cops that Jen called never arrive. The police siren and lights going off in the woods that the teenagers encounter turns out to be a trap set up by the aliens. Who knows where the real cops were while the kids were running through the woods getting chased by aliens.
  • Shout-Out: The Greys appear to be modeled after Slender Man, who also mostly targets human children/teens, is incredibly tall and slender, associated with white lights and capable of ear-piercing sounds.
  • The Slacker: Jen has an important exam that's either tomorrow or 2 days later, but she'd rather be swimming in a pier with her boyfriend and throwing a party at home with him.
  • Surprise Creepy: Slumber Party Alien Abduction starts off fairly lighthearted, with two teenagers playing with their dog, having their friends come over for the titular slumber party, and pranking their older sister and her boyfriend with water guns and strobe lights ...but then the aliens arrive.
  • Teens Are Monsters: These teenagers can get as creative with their bullying as the typical guard at Guantanamo Bay's detention camp. They lock up a little boy inside a dog cage, spray him with aerosol and leave him bent over with no room to stretch.