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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…
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…
VHS is creepy in some parts and then you completely lose interest in other parts. One really annoying thing this is the really bad camera shake in some scenes. The story was ok, overall it's an average movie with some good parts. Nothing special here,there are way better horror films out there!
6 diretores, cada um com um curta de horror muito estranho, compilados de tal maneira que formamos uma antologia de terror muito original que funciona na grande maioria das vezes. Montados de forma a parecer histórias reais encontradas dentro de outra, V/H/S acerta boa parte do tempo com histórias bem assustadoras.
Tape 56 é a trama principal, que liga as outras cinco. Vemos aqui um bando criminoso que quer roubar uma fita de VHS em troca de dinheiro. Sem saber como ela é, os bandidos tocam várias delas(as quais são as outras histórias, que intermeiam essa aqui), desconhecendo que há alguém a mais na casa com quem deveriam se preocupar. Apesar de começar lento, consegue assustar bem nos 2 tempos…
altos gore e nada mais.
Although its sequel garnered a more welcome reaction, V/H/S isn’t just the greater of the two films, but also one of the best found footage horror films since The Blair Witch Project.
This is not especially bold praise considering the state of the genre, which proves more lazy, derivative, and amateur with each new entry. But all too often I see V/H/S lumped in with these lesser efforts, earning a meager 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 5.8 on IMDB, and a 2.8 on Letterboxd. The film has gathered more dust since its 2012 release than many older films of the same ilk such as the overproduced Cloverfield or the underwhelming Grave Encounters, both of which still come up in horror…
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Beyond the uncreative payoffs to minutes upon minutes of build-up and unsatisfying twists regardless of their predictability, "V/H/S" is the most interesting use of a video camera since my parents' wedding reception in 1993.
Much more fun to watch with friends who hate gore.
Well, that was a Movie
V/H/S è un prodotto horror ormai vezzeggiato quasi come cult data la sua particolarità che non risiede nel found footage, strausato fino all’inverosimile oggigiorno, ma nell’aver costruito il tutto su un finto supporto su videocassetta donando al visivo un aspetto vintage ma allo stesso tempo “creepy”. Un gruppo di ragazzi che fanno soldi girando video strambi e sempre alla ricerca di nuove videocassette da piazzare nel mercato undergroud rapinano una casa in cui si pensa ci possa essere una V/H/S di valore, nella ricerca si imbattono in numerosi videotape alquanto strani. Questa volta l’odiato found footage è quasi giustificato sia nella storia principale sia nei vari racconti. I “ corti” sono cinque, il primo merita decisamente, gli accadimenti sono alquanto…
Tem uma proposta interessante ao mostrar curtas histórias, porém falha ao construir uma narrativa interessante para a história principal
maybe I should've waited until I have 100, but anyhoo, not in letterboxd: The Sick and Twisted World of Joanna…
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.