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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…
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There is always one thing that makes or breaks a horror anthology for me, and for some people it's probably the most dismissive aspect but to me; the most important. I like to have a decent wraparound story, it doesn't matter if it's tongue-in-cheek and "hosted" with a ghoul presenting each story, a realtor showing houses, a witch in her kitchen or an ominous meeting in the heart of a cemetery, it's the bow on the package. V/H/S managed to present a couple decent segments (despite being found-footage) and had an interesting concept but I really hated the wraparound story. Besides being both confusing and unpleasant, it was unsatisfying. I would have rather seen the punks from the start have…
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.
I could not believe just how boring this film is. It does not even attempt to be the least bit scary, just gory. I wouldn't even call this torture porn because at least Saw and Hostel attempted to scare you. And when are these found footage movies going to die out.
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…
love it - actually has legit scares
please...stop making anthologies.
that being said...the last film is good. all the others suck.
"Second Honeymoon" has a five-minute stretch scarier than just about any scary movie I've seen in the past decade, in its entirety. Makes you wish there were more filmmakers pulled for this kind of anthology. WAY more consistent and efficient than VHS 2, even if the budget shows its strain in some of the pictures. Compared to the gimmicks of the sequel, it almost makes the "amateur" elements scarier.
Hay unas historias que son muy buenas y con muchos suspenso hay otras que definitivamente no, no tienen un orden consecuente y la historia principal es muy mala, nada tiene coherencia y además de ser muy estúpido, de verdad me molestó mucho ver esto y más ese final tan "inesperado"... bastante predecible y boba.
Me encantó el misterio de la primera historia, trata de unos tipo que consiguen una cámara espía en forma de gafas para poder grabar un encuentro sexual, sin embargo la chica que consiguen es bastante extraña (si se puede llamar así), las cosas se vuelven sangrientas y con muy buenas escenas. La segunda historia de la pareja de viaje y su final forzado. Luego tenemos en…
With it's terrible frame narrative and my general indifference to the found footage genre, V/H/S had a bit working against it initially. But every time one of those idiots popped in a VHS tape, I was hooked.
Each individual short film (apart from the third one) has a charm all of it's own and most of them actually got pretty creepy at times. My two particular favourites were the first one (that girl gave me the chilly willies) and the last one (which was surprisingly enjoyable haunted house hijinks). Even the third short, the least entertaining of the bunch, was still watchable (but stupid).
Fun horror stuff. Not the best ever made, but it still shouldn't get such a negative reception.
Talk about disturbing movies and you will find this one.
What is this movie about?
Horny people getting killed by freak people.
Dumb people making some of the dumbest decisions you will see on a movie.
Video constantly breaking off.
Blood, guts, and more blood spilling out.
My brain can't hold on to so much stupidity.
V/H/S is a horror film divided into 6 parts, one main one connecting the other five. I'll just break it down and quickly review each part.
Main: none of the characters in this section are likable, there is also zero closure to what was going on, some good tension building though.
1st: by far the best short of the film, its original, creative and actually kinda scary.
2nd: so fucking boring, seriously just what a waste of time, this one is terrible.
3rd: so-bad-its-good tier.
4th: eh, had some good ideas, but falls into found footage horror cliches.
5th: eh again, I like how ambiguous it is, and the general premise, but it has some pretty weak execution and zero explanation for why the characters are filming it.
When I watch any sort of Horror anthology nowadays I know I'm usually in for a few goods segments, some okay ones, and some terrible ones. V/H/S is the same but in the lower quality region.
First off, I understand the reason for using the shaky cam for the story bits that connect all the segments together, but they spent a lot of time making the first 10 minutes of this film unwatchable just quality wise. It was basically a set up to show how awful the people in the movie are, and what they do for their stupidly terrible way of making money. This comes up a lot in V/H/S. A lot of the segments have this need to…
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