After camping out at the site of the house where Heather, Josh and Mike from the first film supposedly met their end, the quintet awake to find their video cameras smashed to bits, but discover the tapes stashed where Heather's footage was said to have been found. They nervously retreat to Jeff's house to examine the videos, hoping to discover what happened while they slept. Creepy subliminal images and gaps in the time code only deepen the mystery, but with Jeff's high-tech (largely stolen) equipment, they scrutinize the film until they uncover some disturbing revelations. At the same time, they begin to suspect that something evil has followed them home.
This all disintegrates into a predictable round of in-fighting and mutual mistrust as the five are manipulated by a magic to which no rules seem to apply. To be confronted with this illogical brand of sorcery is literally crazy-making: The wanton distortion of reality is akin to lunacy, and while this holds a certain psychological horror, it's a disappointingly unimaginative, goosebump-bereft copout. Starring Jeffrey Donovan, Kim Director, Erica Leerhsen, Tristen Skylar and Stephen Turner. Directed by Joe Berlinger. Written by Joe Berlinger and Dick Beebe. Produced by Bill Carraro, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. An Artisan release. Horror/Thriller. Rated R for violence, language, sexuality and drug use. Running time: 90 min