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…
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.
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…
Did you erase it?
I have a love/hate relationship with the "found footage" sub-genre of horror films. While there's certainly a few exceptions, like the [REC] films that I just love, for the most part I end up either not liking or just hating most of them. This one was off to a rough start. I checked to see how long I had been watching the film and around the 15 minute mark I had to struggle with the decision of turning it off or not. I watched the entire film, but I can't say that it's a decision I'm particularly proud of. What happened during those first 15 minutes is that we're introduced to the petty criminals that…
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.
Not one scary story among the lot. The only thing creepy and unsettling was the depiction of women in all of the short films. I can't imagine I'm the target demographic for this feature but gore-porn and sucker-punch-jumps are NOT Horror.
A loud noise isn't frightening. It's startling.
Violence and gore are only freakish if there's a set up and payoff.
The found footage gimmick has only really ever worked on a handful of movies and sadly this isn't one of them.
Though some of the segments offer decent chills, the film as a whole is disjointed and confusing which takes away from the entertainment value, not to mention the excessive nudity and gore sometimes feels forced and unnecessary.
Nice concept but only average execution. Some stories were better than others. Some felt very student film maker, others scored better on the creepiness front. Would be interesting to see a version with better film makers involved. Which is why am after this keen to see V/H/S 2 in which I believe Gareth Evans had a section.
Not scary. More like "Oh you're sleeping? Well I'm going to stab you in the neck."
There are a few points where V/H/S is legitimately frightening, and the creepy and gross mood is maintained pretty well for the majority of the film. However, upon a second viewing it's pretty clear that more than half of the clips are instantly forgettable and serve no other purpose than to be as gory as possible. That being said, the last clip really sticks out and is by far the greatest in the selection.
I had fairly high hopes for this film, I'd heard good things about it and while I'm a bit sick of Found Footage films, the concept seemed interesting.
But the film is slow to start, I had zero investment in any of the characters and I didn't find any single part of it scary at all. The found footage style also reaches a new level of irritating in this film, it's particularly shaky and of terrible quality at various points which make it quite difficult to watch.
a rectal prolapse would have been more fun
I really liked the Ti West segment for its minimal style and twist. Didn't care too much for the rest. Some nice gore, annoying "found footage" camera movement, tits, and awful dialogue. As an experience, it was whatever.
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A list of some obscure, twisted, fucked up movies that i sorta like. How many have u watched?
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