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.
The stories don't tie together which makes the framing story kind of pointless (unless maybe sequels go into this later on). The tone and quality of story varies from tape to tape, even some ending in unsatisfying ways. But I really do appreciate the creepy atmosphere and sense of dread each story was able to maintain... or maybe found footage is just something that has always been able to easily creep me out.
Great collection of horror shorts. Some are better than the others. Still a must see for horror fans
I generally like found-footage films. Unfortunately V/H/S just did not work for me. There were a couple of nice (brief) touches, but I just hated pretty much all of the characters. Usually with anthology films the stories are hit-and-miss, but this was just miss after miss after miss. Disappointing.
A horror compendium in which anyone with a vagina is a potential aggressor and anyone who can work After Effects is a veritable alchemist.
30% creepily effective / 70% utterly retarded
I've seen all these directors equip themselves much better when not egged on by their mates.
This was a fun watch! A series of creepy horror shorts built around some guys who find a cache of videotapes. The shorts themselves work very well, especially the first one with the monster girl, wow-ee! There's a lot of skin-crawly pretty gore, too, I was pleased. The end is really messy and bad though, because the whole "house of videotapes" thing doesn't make much sense and just detracts from the cool stories. Also watching shaky POV camera for a long time is tiring, but there's some cool ideas presented here. I wanna watch the next one!
In my formative teen years, I watched a re-run of the 1976 TV movie, Helter Skelter, and my love of verisimilitude in horror began. So any movie that uses the “found footage” conceit is intriguing to me right out of the gate. Simply on that level, I enjoyed V/H/S, an anthology of six short horror stories presented as VHS tapes found in a mysterious old man’s house. But ultimately V/H/S was unsatisfying, and unlike other found footage movies I enjoy enough to revisit, one viewing of this movie is enough for me.
I think the problem has more to do with the anthology structure than the stories themselves. First, it requires each story to be short, which leaves almost no…
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…
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