Opening in theaters this week is V/H/S/2, the follow up to the 2012 festival hit V/H/S, which presented a collection of POV shorts as the disturbing set of footage found in an abandoned house full of VHS tapes. The second installment brings in a new round of filmmakers, including Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale, to continue the mythology of the mysterious tape collection. It makes perfect sense that Sanchez and Hale would join in on what’s shaping up to be the ultimate found footage franchise. After all, their first feature The Blair Witch Project kicked open the door for films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield that popularized the found footage subgenre on a massive scale. Their contribution, “A Ride in the Park”, is the most concise, self-contained short in the second film and has a terrifically clever narrative hook that never leaves you questioning the camera justification. V/H/S/2 also feature shorts from Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, and Jason Eisener.
During the press day for the film I jumped on the phone for an interview with Sanchez and Hale. They talked about coming on board for the second film, Jaime Nash’s script, making a single-camera POV film, and the return of the anthology. We also talked about their creative partnership, how found footage has changed since Blair Witch, their new Bigfoot film Exists, and more. Check out the full interview after the jump.