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.
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.
There is a fundamental untidiness which impedes V/H/S; heavily and irritatingly mitigating any piquancy. Granted, it's inherently destined to be disconnected but this shouldn't culminate in a film with erratic levels of finesse and intrigue. However it ultimately does; subsequently equaling a cumbersome product that fitfully capitalizes on its theoretically inspired concept.
Except for the inclusion of found-footage, V/H/S's conceit is unorthodox and therefore immediately deserves praise for not lining up behind many foregoing 'horror' flicks. Strenuously attempting to link an anthology of short horror films to one overarching narrative, the handling may be visibly contrived but still makes for a fascinating and fruitful premise.
To quickly summarise my thoughts on each individual short: the first story is okay, the…
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…
A group of mischievous kids breaks into an abandoned house in search of a movie. Upon entering hundreds of movies and multiple TV's are found. They start watching some, what we see is 5 short found footage films each by a different director. Great idea for a movie and I enjoyed it, I've always liked this horror sub genre. I liked the 2nd one (Ti West) and the last one the best. The beauty of this movie is if you don't like one of them just sit it out because a new one is coming up shortly.
Ah, where to begin.
1. This was incredibly misogynistic, to the point where I actually felt uncomfortable while watching it.
2. The characters were so, so annoying.
3. The camerawork was just as annoying as the characters (I know they were trying to go for the always popular "creepy found footage" concept, but it didn't work).
4. Most of the stories were kind of absurd after a while.
Kudos for taking a tired-out concept and trying to make something different, though.
The framing device was garbage. Most of the individual stories were not very good, but some of them featured some amazingly tense moments. Hell, some of the stories were good as a whole. It's just that they didn't add up to anything cohesive and the experience suffered because of it.
5 varied found footage horror segments with varying impact & effectiveness. Interesting.
A mixed bag. The anthology format works very well and ensures that no story outlives it's welcome. I like the idea of found footage even if it is sometimes requiring quite a suspension of disbelief
Each of the stories presented here had it's highs and it's lows. I enjoyed the vampire story and the haunted house. The final story in the haunted house had some suprising visual effects which I wasn't expecting.
If you enjoy horror and found footage then this is worth a curiosity look. Your milage will depend on how you feel about the individual stories presented. The framing narrative was a letdown. (15.2.15)
I have a lot of bad news about this gory horror anthology. First off, it's another one of those "found footage" movies with shaky cameras that dart all over the place, but that never capture one original moment. Second, ALL of the stories are variations on one of the most common plot twists in modern horror fiction: the apparently benign or mildly suspicious person who turns out to be more dangerous than anyone might have thought. Third, every character is as annoying as a blaring car alarm at 2 AM.
The good news is that almost all of these morons die in gushing bloodbaths, often with entrails tossed about like so much confetti. Also, each episode is about twenty minutes…
Anthology movies are strange, they have great ideas but can mostly end up being strange mixed bags. But I heard that V/H/S was one of the better ones so I decided to check it out.
This review will be in separate parts reviewing every segment.
Amateur Night [Directed by David Bruckner]
3 friends who've rented a motel to fulfill Shane's intent of bringing women for sex but end up bringing a mysterious girl along. This was my favorite short of the bunch, I thought that they did a great job setting us up with the characters and the story, it was well directed and had me in the anticipation of what's going to happen and it worked well with the…
Immer noch der mit Abstand beste FoundFootage-Film und einer meiner absoluten Lieblingsstreifen!
Fun anthology movie featuring work by some of today's best independent horror directors. The wrap-around story is the only weak link.
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