What parents need to know

Parents need to know that V/H/S/2 is an anthology horror film that's a sequel to 2012's V/H/S, which did poorly in theaters but well on DVD/streaming. This installment has a largely new cast and crew, though it takes place in the same creepy house. Violence is very strong and gory, including disemboweling, mass suicides, failed suicides (and gaping wounds), ghosts, aliens, zombies, dead bodies, a dead dog, and huge spatters of blood. Two topless women are shown, and two sex acts (one of them is fairly hardcore, though it's very brief). Language is very strong in two of the segments, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t," among other words. Teens drink alcohol in one scene during the final segment.
  • Families can talk about V/H/S/2's violence. Is a horror movie scarier with lots of blood? What's the impact of showing so much gore? What's the appeal of over-the-top violence?
  • What makes the movie scary? Are the monsters scary, or is it the way that the movie tells the stories?
  • Why is sex often so much a part of horror movies? What message is this movie sending about sex?
  • For the YouTube generation, when everything is public and online, what's the appeal of VHS tapes?
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