V/H/S/2 Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. V/H/S/2 opens today in limited release.]

The horror anthology sequel V/H/S/2 is a mixed bag, both in terms of the horror shorts it presents and the identity the franchise is trying to acquire. Arriving a year after its predecessor, it’s clear that V/H/S/2 is meant to be the first of what should be an ongoing series where fan-favorite indie directors step behind the camera to deliver a horror short. The sequel attempts to reduce the flabbier aspects of the original, but it also feels more standardized and therefore less exciting. Additionally, two of the four shorts come across as underdeveloped or rushed. But the ones that work are worth the price of admission, and make the strongest case for the existence of a V/H/S franchise.

Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto Talk V/H/S/2, Working as a Directorial Team, Future Collaborations, THE RAID 2, and More

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When it comes to Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto I’m a new, but passionate fan.  Last year Evans gave us The Raid: Redemption, a feature-length action masterpiece of balls-out violence and ass-kicking badassery.  Earlier this year Tjahjanto contributed the standout segment “L for Libido” to the horror anthology The ABC’s of Death, and managed to create horror landscape so perverse and captivating that when the short film’s few minutes were up I was, at the same time, glad it was over and dying to see more.  For V/H/S/2 Evans and Tjahjanto teamed up to give us “Safe Haven”, an epic slaughter grounded in a fascinating mythology that combines Evans’s visceral cinematic style with Tjanhanjto’s eye for twisted terrors.  For me, David Bruckner’s “Amateur Night” was the prize winner of the first V/H/S, and this time around it’s “Safe Haven” that stands as the absolute apex of the film’s achievements.

Last week I jumped on the phone for an interview with Evans and Tjahjanto.  We discussed their first time working as co-directors, the difficulty of staying within the time constraints, playing with the found footage format, the possibility of turning “Safe Haven” in to a feature film, Tjahjanto’s upcoming film The Night Comes for Us, and more. I also got a quick update on The Raid: Berandal.  V/H/S/2 also features segments by Jason EisenerAdam Wingard, Simon BarrettEduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale. Check out the full interview after the Jump.  Please be aware that there are some spoilers. 

SXSW 2013: V/H/S/2 Review

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The horror anthology sequel V/H/S/2 is a mixed bag, both in terms of the horror shorts it presents and the identity the franchise is trying to acquire.  Arriving a year after its predecessor, it’s clear that V/H/S/2 is meant to be the first of what should be an ongoing series where fan-favorite indie directors step behind the camera to deliver a horror short.  The sequel attempts to reduce the flabbier aspects of the original, but it also feels more standardized and therefore less exciting.  Additionally, two of the four shorts come across as underdeveloped or rushed.  But the ones that work are worth the price of admission, and make the strongest case for the existence of a V/H/S franchise.

THE ABCs OF DEATH Exclusive Interview with Director Timo Tjahjanto Who Talks About His Segment “L is for Libido,” S-VHS, KILLERS & THE NIGHT COMES FOR US

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We recently had the exclusive opportunity to talk to director Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre) for his segment “L is for Libido” in the horror anthology The ABCs of Death.  The film’s 26 different directors spoke to 26 different sites about their respective segments; you can read up on the other 25 here.  Tjahjanto’s segment dealt with the themes of sexual arousal and perversion in perhaps the most fucked up short of the entire collection and one that “will never be seen by [his] parents.”  You can check out the green-band and red-band trailers for the film to familiarize yourself.

During the interview, Tjahjanto talked about the creative process behind “L is for Libido,” his preference of practical over digital effects, plus working with director Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and his upcoming films S-VHS, Killers and The Night Comes for Us.  Hit the jump to see what Tjahjanto had to say along with an exclusive still from his segment “L is for Libido” in The ABCs of Death.  The ABCs of Death is now available on Cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Zune, Playstation Market, VUDU and Google Play; in theaters starting March 8th from Magnet Releasing.

First Teaser Trailer for S-VHS Horror Anthology

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In preparation for its debut at Sundance 2013, a new teaser trailer has gone online for horror anthology sequel S-VHS.  Much like S-VHS is an improved version of VHS tapes, S-VHS hopes to outdo its predecessor with sequences directed by Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Edúardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale of Blair Witch Project and Adam Wingard (You’re Next), plus a segment from You’re Next writer Simon Barrett.  The new trailer doesn’t do much more than tease and beyond the footage of a young girl’s birthday party which gets violently interrupted, it’s hard to separate any substance out of the flashes of footage that follow.  S-VHS premieres at Sundance 2013 on January 19th.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself.

Horror Anthology Sequel V/H/S 2 Adds Directors Gareth Evans and Eduardo Sanchez

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If Halloween’s got you hankering for another horror anthology, you’ll be pleased to hear about the gaggle of directors attached for V/H/S 2.  Chief among them are Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly).  The duo will be co-writing and co-directing different segments of the second installment of this year’s found-footage collection of horror shorts.  Also joining the directing team will be Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre) and Sanchez’s producing partner, Gregg Hale.  Hit the jump for more on V/H/S 2.  

Jason Eisener, Nacho Vigalondo, Ti West, and Many More Team for Horror Anthology THE ABCS OF DEATH

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Drafthouse Films is teaming with Timpson Films, Magnet Releasing, and 26 filmmakers to produce the horror anthology The ABCs of Death.  Each director will be assigned one letter of the alphabet to turn into a short film.  Some of the more notable talent involved Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Ti West (The House of the Devil), and Srdjan Sapsojevic (A Serbian Film).  The remaining confirmed are Angela Bettis, Ben Wheatley, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, Bruno Forzani and Héléne Cattet, Gadi Harel, Thomas Malling, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Simon Rumley, Tak Sakaguchi and Yuji Shimomura, Marcel Sarmiento, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Jake West and Adam Wingard.  The plan is to fill one slot with the winner of a worldwide contest, reminiscent of how Eisener got his start as an amateur filmmaker who landed Hobo With a Shotgun in the fake trailers section of Grindhouse.

Production is scheduled for this June.  The plan is to complete filming exactly 6 months, 6 weeks, and 6 days later in January 2012.  Read quotes from the producers after the jump.

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