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.
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…
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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.
An interesting but underdeveloped horror anthology whose premise doesn't really hold up either thematically or logically. Ti West and Joe Swanberg come up with the two best tales of the set, and it is no surprise that both a stories whose set up can't be described as "a group of three or four twenty-somethings go..."
While certainly better than ABCS of death, there was still a level of incompetence present in the film. A good chunk of the shorts started out promising enough, but ended up devolving into something that had to have gore for gore's sake, and nudity for nudity's sake. The overarching story that linked them together was also a bit underdeveloped.
For an anthology to actually work, you have to judge the film based on the shorts shown in the film. For the most part, each short is a mixed bag, so there's nothing too memorable in the film. Perhaps I'm being too generous on the film because of how much I love the genre, but it's worth a watch for fans of the genre.
In V/H/S, several of the new breed of cult favorite horror directors - including mumblecore poster boys Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, and Ti West - hit us with their unique takes on found footage horror. The vignettes range all over the horror spectrum, from realistic murderers to bat-shit insane supernatural goings-on. This variety keeps it fresh in spite of the similarities inherent in the segments all inhabiting the found footage sub-genre.
Some segments may be better, or at least better liked, than others, but I can honestly say I enjoyed all of them. The three above-mentioned directors delivered in their segments for the most part, but I was pleasantly surprised at what I got from the directors with whom I…
Not sure why this movie is called VHS. After watching it, my guess is it stands for vomitus horse shit. Or maybe its because the characters from the in-betweens were looking for VHS tapes. WHy were they looking for them? Who knows? They never explained, and if they did, the audio was so terrible that I missed it. But the fact that they were looking for VHS tapes makes ZERO sense, since all of the supposed footage on these VHS tapes were filmed with digital cameras. AM I supposed to believe that this demon old man living in the house transferred all of the video, and webcam footage to vhs tapes? And he did it all without a computer!
V/H/S is one of the more recent found footage horror films to come along. However, this is not only a found footage horror film, but also a horror anthology. There are many horror anthologies I enjoy like Creepshow, Trick 'r Treat, Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Hood, the Tales from the Darkside movie, From Beyond the Grave, and the Twilight Zone movie. There are rarely any good found footage films. The only good ones I could think of are [REC], The Blair Witch Project, Chronicle, The Bay, End of Watch, Europa Report, Cloverfield, The Last Exorcism, Paranormal Activity 3, and Welcome to the Jungle, but there are also sub-par ones like Paranormal Activity 1, 2, and 4, and…
Seeing as I can't review this film as a whole, I'll just write my entire opinion on each of the tapes. But here's an overview. While a couple of the tapes are easily good and very creative, there are some that set it back. I can't say that I truly hated this film because I knew not to expect anything special, but I can safely say that this was the best found footage film ever, which is a shame. This film is directed by 4 or 5 directors. I know most of them, like Adam Wingard (You're Next), Joe Swanson (Drinking Buddies), Radio Silence (Those "alien pranks gone wrong" videos on Youtube), and Ti West (The Innkeepers, House of the…
Hay escenas muy pero muy sangrientas, pero son poquísimas donde se siente el verdadero miedo, y hay partes donde se vuelve la cosa muy irregular, por lo que no te llegas a enganchar del todo.
Por cierto, la dirección deja mucho que desear, para mí le faltó mucha elaboración.
Intriguing but flawed horror. The first was vignette was kinda scary but they all felt like rushed ideas.
- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
- American Mary
- Boogie Nights
- The Last King of Scotland
- Eastern Promises
- The Dreamers
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
The topic title says it all really.
In rough order of potential brilliance. Check out list view for any available…