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.
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…
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.
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…
On first viewing, I completely missed the feminist horror theme that is shared among the short films in V/H/S. Having picked up on the theme during my second viewing, I must admit it helped me enjoy the film a bit more. I quite like David Bruckner's Amateur Night and Ti West's Second Honeymoon. However, the other short films in this anthology don't do much for me.
super inconsistent, and the frame story is just the worst, but an overall interesting take on my favorite analog format
The first segment is just... so so insane.
I can't imagine anyone thought this movie would catapult a trilogy, but I was happy to see it received so successfully. I love anthologies, especially ones that play within a wrap-around story, and I was constantly involved in the entire movie. Very promising group of shorts, and made me hop on board for the rest.
One of the most unsettling horror movies I've seen, if only because I had NO idea what to expect. Like any anthology in any medium, not every story is going to be gold, but this one has enough to keep you invested throughout. Still, the best segment is the first, because, again, you have NO idea what to expect, and it does not disappoint.
I would have enjoyed this movie alot better if it weren't for the grainy, staticy footage. A personal pet peeve of mine because it takes away from the quality of the stories which range from meh to very good.
Es una pena que a mi el cine de terror me deje tan indiferente. V/H/S, como concepto, tiene mucho sentido: lo peor de este género suelen ser las historias, así que mejor cinco cortitas que le den variedad al asunto que una larga que nos termine aburriendo. No termina de encantarme el found footage ni la historia que subyace a los cinco cortos me parece que ayude en absoluto a darle ningún tipo de cohesión, pero es imposible negar que algo termina por funcionar.
Lo malo: creo que el no saber unir todas sus partes en un todo le resta cierto valor, ya que al final termina dando igual como la veas, del tirón, o repartidas individualmente. A ver si…
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