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.
A wildly uneven horror anthology that takes the found-footage genre and mashes it with a heavy nostalgia for the days of watching movies on VHS cassette, when you'd have to adjust the tracking to get a decent picture and hope your mom didn't accidentally record over your favorite movie.
The film consists of six shorts -- five standalones and one that serves as a wrap-around to the whole film. Only half of the six are worth watching: Joe Swanberg's The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger is genuinely scary. David Brucker's Amateur Night takes too long to get going but pays off nicely at the end. And 10/31/98, by the film collective known as Radio Silence,…
I've heard the hate for this but that last segment gave me something fierce.
Arriving as part of a steady stream of found-footage horror films, no wonder it feels easy to dismiss VHS as another cash-in with little substance but plenty of 'edge' (edge roughly translating as shaky-camerawork). Fortunately, when stumbling, predicable horror films are becoming the norm, we've been presented with something that feels, at least in parts, measured and original, rather than a simply acceptable run-around the same-old fear-inducing methods we've all come to memorise over the years.
The plot follows a young criminals who break into a home in search of a single VHS tape, only to find the sole occupant of the house is a man that appears dead in his armchair, surrounded by mysterious tapes and televisions piled high…
got a few chills, sure.... but was ultimately bored.
My opinion of it still hasn't changed - I don't hate it but I don't have any affection for it.
Saw it at Cinema Snobs Horror NIght
One of the movies for horror anthology month.
This movie is a mixed bag of stories. Most of the stories go from bad to mixed. The worst story being Ty West story. THe best story is the final one from the group radio silence.
They do a good job in making the movie look like your watching old tapes.
That was ridiculous. After I saw the terrible acting and visual effects worse than Spawn, I just turned it off.
Flojilla en general aunque la última historia compensa.
V/H/S is a hit-or-miss collection of horror shorts that features some annoyances that come with the found footage genre (inappropriate music "stingers," suspension of disbelief, et cetera). The first and last segments are by far the best.
- 13 Sins
- 100 Bloody Acres
- Boogie Nights
- The Last King of Scotland
- Eastern Promises
- The Dreamers
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…