Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
This collection is killer.
When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
V/H/S blends one of the newer fads in horror - the shaky found footage movie - with one of the oldest - the portmanteau anthology. It is an interesting blend, on paper at least, allowing the hottest new indie directors to flex their creative muscles in shorter form films whilst tackling a range of horror sub-genres. Unfortunately the results are far less interesting than the film’s potential. Rather than utilising the strengths of the portmanteau structure - allowing for wildly different stories with great hooks and twists - it merely accentuates the problem with the current trend of found footage stories.
Although the film works its way through most sub-genres of horror (vampires, stalkers etc.) all the self-contained stories are…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So basically every story in this anthology plays out in the exact same way:
-Introduction of characters
- A bit of walking around
- Some groovy camera angles to enhance the found footage feel
- The teeniest tiniest bit of suspense
- Some yummie and scrumptious gore
All in all there were two stories I really liked, the third one because it is rather insane and the fourth one because it is actually creepy and weird. The rest is instantly forgettabe.
Usually in anthologies there is a common theme or connecting thread. The only one I could find here is that apparently everyone involved bought crappy cameras and suffered from Parkinson's disease.
VHS is everything I hate about modern horror films. Character building is replaced by shallow jump-scares, tension is replaced by boredom, shaky-cam is used to up the fear when in reality it serves to obscure and distract the viewer from the action. I am certainly no horror expert, but at least films like Psycho 2 and Scream 4 attempt to tell a cohesive narrative. VHS thinks that it is enough to just to have a shock nonsensical ending to superficial bite-size anthology segments. Ambiguity and surrealism is not, by itself, enough to make for an interesting story. Unfortunately, VHS is a blood-soaked CGI gore-fest that you will forget immediately after viewing - well I did at least. I also find…
Found footage horror films are my weakness and I don't even know why.
I don't even like that many of them but I keep watching them in the hope that I might find another [REC] - but usually they're more like Devil's Pass. I used to watch a LOT of horror films with my wife as we, for some reason, just ended up collecting any old thing we could get on DVD. As she tends to be working in the evenings now, we don't watch as many together so I've missed a lot of horror stuff, but I would definitely have watched V/H/S by now, whether it was supposed to be good or not!
V/H/S is a bit different from…
The idea of a horror anthology isn't a bad one. There could of been something really worth while here. Unfortunately there's only bits and pieces of quality within the the different segments and nothing works as a whole. I felt like I was getting glimpses of what could be a good horror story surrounded by a bunch of fluff that didn't scare, thrill, or even excite me. It's worth a look I suppose for the occasional flash of something good, but don't expect much and prepare to be underwhelmed.
Me deja un poco meh, la mejor historia, sin duda, la de Ti West.
Some good parts, some bad parts.
-La historia central: Un despropósito me ha parecido lo peor de todo con diferencia. Un 2.
-La primera (la de la chica): Sin duda la mejor, estupenda atmósfera, buen maquillaje y en general interesante en su desarrollo, la cosa me empezaba a pintar bien. Un 8.
-La segunda (la de la pareja): Cambien me gusto, tiene ese ambiente cotidianidad que me ha gustado y el giro de tuerca final me parece que si concuerda con lo visto, no da para mucho mas pero me mantuvo en suspenso. Un 7.
-La tercera (la del bosque): Madre mía esta no hay por donde cogerla .... malisima. Un 1.
-La cuarta (la de la webcam): No esta mal, la idea es interesante y…
This loving and creepy love letter to found footage horror,80's slasher movies, and classic science fiction anthology is a thoroughly enjoyable, filled with both cheesy and scary moments. This is however a love it or hate it movie.
V/H/S is a collection of six short movies in the "found footage" genre, which means lots of poor quality images coupled with shaky-cam. Most of them are also in the mumblecore genre, which means lots of "ordinary" dialogue before the slasher horror starts.
Anyway, the shorts are found by a group of hooligans who decide that "upskirt" pictures/videos aren't worth as much as a particular job one of them has in mind; the job is for a guy who wants them to sneak into a house and steal a tape. They don't know what the tape is, but assume it to be some politician's sex tape, or something of the sort.
Once in the house, they find the lone inhabitant…
I actually really enjoyed this. I've always been a huge fan of anthology horrors, if not so much of found footage films. Some of the segments were much better than others, but I found the layout to be appropriate as a weaker segment would generally be followed by something that would bring me back in. Also, I felt that the first VHS segment was so strong that I would constantly have the same expectation for later segments. This was disappointing in that none of the others really lived up to the first, but positive in that the anticipation kept me on my toes and riveted to the screen. A lot of this film was a little too gory for my taste and there were a few times I had to look away. Overall, I was impressed.
BARF! It's all been done before and much better!
A horror anthology featuring several short movies that were all filmed by the worst cameramen of all time. The camera always seems to still be recording when any normal person would be running for their life. There are some interesting parts and it has plenty of gore and scares for most any horror fan but it felt very disjointed to me and the camera was a little too grainy and shaky through 80% of the movie.
The found footage gimmick is becoming stale. It's resurgence in recent years due to the success of the Paranormal Activity has brought up a host of cheap and tacky imitations trying the same trick over and over. V/H/S is a breath of fresh air in that regard. Unlike the majority of these films threats of near-misses for 90 minutes and then one big reveal at the finish, V/H/S goes straight for the jugular. It's gruesome, nasty, vile, ultra-violent and disturbing in parts, but one thing you can't deny is that it is an effective horror film that sticks a middle finger to the safe horror that is constantly being thrown into cinemas.
Rather than being one long haul, V/H/S is…
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I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…