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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.

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 break and enter into the house of a college student (Kyle) 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 bitten by a zombie before he turns, bites a married couple and terrorizes a birthday party.
  • Safe Haven: A news channel crew goes to investigate an Indonesian cult. This is also the longest segment.
  • Slumber Party Alien Abduction: A bunch of children and teenagers play cruel pranks on each other before 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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    General / 2+ Segments 
  • 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 Comedy: Lot more than in V/H/S especially A Ride in the Park and the end of Safe Haven.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grey and Black 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.
  • 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.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in Safe Haven and entirely in Slumber Party Alien Abduction. Possibly played 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 is also an aversion. 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.
  • 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 huge boobs and preparing to have sex with them because as she explained, if Herman keeps paying attention to the ghosts, they grow more powerful.
  • 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.
  • Eye Scream: Herman ends up cutting out his own eye. It only makes him unable to see what's attacking him.

    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".
  • 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.
  • Boom, Headshot!: A guy with a shotgun manages to headshot a few zombies before he's tackled from behind and eaten.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Nonindicative 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: At the end, Mike becomes cognizant enough to recognize the voice of his girlfriend on his phone and 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 just for being a zombie.
  • 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 this till the end.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Twice, just before the cyclist (and the person who inevitably bites him) transform into zombies.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zombie Mike tries to grab and eat little girls because they were the slowest 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 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.
  • 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 a pregnant woman 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.
  • 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 in explodes into this.
  • 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 Anti Christ.
    • 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
  • 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 knife is planted in his cranium.
  • Your Cheating Heart: This is actually a major plot point.

    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 alien has some camouflaging abilities.
  • Aliens are Bastards: Being aliens, their morality and ideology could be colder and harsher than that of humans.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The siblings in 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.
  • The Greys: The aliens in 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 in so that Gary and Tank can get away, though it's wasted when he's nevertheless captured moments later.
  • Idiot Ball: The teens using a dog instead of one of their own heads to record videos with the GoPro didn't turn out to be such a good idea since the dog couldn't warn them about an alien hiding in their lake which got caught on camera.
  • 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.
  • Long List: Randy's dad wants him and Gary to do chores to the point that he made a list of it before driving elsewhere on what's likely a second honeymoon with his wife. They exempt their daughter Jen from doing any chores cause she has an exam coming up.
  • Lowered Monster Difficulty: 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.
  • 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 more so than traditional grey aliens, who also mostly targets human children/teens, is incredibly tall and slender, associated with white lights and capable of ear-piercing sounds.
  • 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: The human protagonists are teens and children who enjoy pleasure at the expense of each others' misery and humiliation through cruel pranks and retaliatory pranks.

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