Seven directors share their nightmares in this omnibus horror anthology, a sequel to the 2012 cult hit, in which a pair of investigators discover a bevy of sadistic found footage short films.
May 18, 2013
|11:55 PM||SIFF Cinema Egyptian||Date has passed|
May 21, 2013
|9:30 PM||AMC Pacific Place 11||Date has passed|
Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil. From the demented minds that brought you last year's V/H/S comes V/H/S/2, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore that ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor: A prosthetic eye bestows horrifying visions upon its recipient; a bike messenger joins the voracious ranks of the undead; an Indonesian cult leader promises his followers a taste of immortality; and a weekend prank war between siblings is interrupted by outer-worldly visitors. Reinventing modern horror and shrewdly subverting audience expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic, V/H/S/2 is that rarest of all video nasties—a second generation with no loss of quality.
Indonesian-based director Gareth Evans, originally from Wales, graduated from University of Glamorgan with an MA in Scriptwriting and went on to write and direct several films. After working as director on a documentary about the Indonesian martial art pencak silat, Evans became fascinated with it and went on to make several films involving the art, including Merantau (2009) and the kinetic cult hit The Raid (2011). He directed and wrote the V/H/S/2 segment “Safe Haven.” One of the directors of the original V/H/S, Simon Barrett returns on V/H/S/2 to resume horrifying and thrilling audiences and critics alike. V/H/S/2 marks Barret's 11th film as a writer and his fourth film as a director. Barrett directed and wrote the V/H/S/2 segment “Tape 49.” Jason Eisener is best known for his feature film Hobo with a Shotgun, though he recently directed the segment "Y is for Youngbuck" in the horror anthology The ABCs of Death. Eisener directed and wrote the V/H/S/2 segment "Alien Abduction Slumber Party.” Kentucky-raised, drum-playing, D&D playing Gregg Hale is intimately familiar with the found footage genre of horror, having produced The Blair Witch Project. With credits to his name such as co-founding a theatre company, winning an award at Western Kentucky University, and serving in the Army for four years, Hale has had an illustrious career in and out of the arts. Hale co-directed the V/H/S/2 segment "A Ride in the Park." Eduardo Sanchez has had a vastly successful career as a filmmaker, largely due to his status as writer and director on the acclaimed cult classic The Blair Witch Project. Originally from Cuba, Sanchez is now in his mid-40s and continues to write, direct, and produce films while living with his wife and children in Washington, D.C. He co-wrote and co-directed the V/H/S/2 segment "A Ride in the Park.” Timo Tjahjanto came on to write and direct his segment of the film V/H/S/ shortly after his participation in the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, directing the segment “L is for Libido.” Tjahjanto has worked as writer, producer, and director on numerous films, including his upcoming feature Killers. Tjahjanto wrote and directed the V/H/S/2 segment "Safe Haven." Adam Wingward got his start directing and writing horror films with Home Slick, a slasher film starring Bill Moseley. As of 2013, he has worked as director, cinematographer, editor, actor, writer, producer, composer, and more on over 20 films since 2004, including Pop Skull (2007) and the upcoming You're Next. He recently worked with Simon Barrett on The ABCs of Death segment "Q is for Quack." He directed the V/H/S/2 segment "Clinical Trials."
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|Director:||Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener, Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto|
|Principal Cast:||Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L.C Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes|
|Running Time:||95 minutes|
|Producer:||Gary Binkow, Brad Miska, Roxanne Benjamin, Zak Zeman, Jamie Nash, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Tom O|
|Screenplay:||Simon Barrett, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, John Davies, Jason Eisener|
|Cinematographers:||Tarin Anderson, Stephen Scott, Seamus Tierney, Jeff Wheaton, Abdul Dermawan Habir|
|Editors:||Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Bob Rose, Gareth Evans, Jason Eisener|
|Music:||Steve Moore, Nik Mueller, James Guymon, Fajar Yuskemai, The Death Set|
|US Distributor:||Magnolia Pictures|
|International Sales:||Magnolia Pictures|