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.
For a found-footage film, this one stands out to me. This is my third viewing of the anthology and I'm still impressed.
Worth it for three genuinely great segments, but it does get dragged down by the less inspired entries and the utterly repugnant, and ultimately pointless, wraparound story. Still, fun.
An interesting concept, give a few up and coming indie filmmakers a chance to show what they've got in a collection of short horror films. Some of these segments are interesting and well done, but others are simply not beholden to the same quality. This overstays its welcome a bit, and I can't help but think if they would've just trimmed the weakest segment, the film would've been much better for it. I liked it enough that I am going to watch V/H/S 2, but I am certainly hoping for an improvement.
Tape 56: This is the narrative that sort of frames the whole experience. It serves its purpose but does little else. 2 stars.
Amateur Night: A group…
If douchiness were scary, this would be the best horror movie ever made.
"I like you."
Film #1 in Hoop-Tober
So I'm waiting, watching and waiting for this movie to tie all of these little horror vignettes together in some way, waiting for some through-line that links all of these disturbing, seemingly random stories together.
And then the credits started to roll..
What a sloppy, uneven and wholly dumb film this is. Yes, there are some sorta cool stuff going on, especially in the final story, but nothing we haven't seen before. I'm not a huge fan of found footage horror as I find this subgenre of horror to be limited and full of narrative holes most of the time. When it's done well ("The Blair Witch Project" or "Paranormal Activity"), it can…
Proper Stephen King compendium of quality horror shorts.
10/31/98 is great, but not much else.
I sort of enjoyed the first feature in V/H/S, along with the third (maybe fourth? whatever one had the glitchy woods phantom) but really the rest of it has already blended together and I'm having a tough time recalling details. As many others have made pointed out, the plot linking the anthology together is incredibly half baked and doesn't go anywhere or make any sense, and most of the segments felt that way too. V/H/S is a cool concept, though I think the directors would fair better working their ideas into full length movies, as some of them have already done with The House of the Devil and You're Next.
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