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.
Teil 7 des #Horrorctober 2014:
Enttäuschend! Die "Skype"-Episode fand ich ziemlich cool, den Rest allerdings wenig kreativ und wenig spannend.
Found footage anthology that is just great! Often raw and difficult to watch, but full of scares and exciting storytelling. From the supernatural to serial killers, everything is open for horrifying you. Well worth a view, especially during this Halloween season!
Found-footage was born for the anthology set-up. As is standard with the anthology collection one story frames the rest: in this case a bunch of miscreants rummaging through a dead dude's VHS collection. As the cassettes pop in an out of the player, the deeper digs the well of horror as the hodgepodge collection of directors hit on a wide range of topics. Many of the shorts tackle multiple aspects of horror at once, morphing from one genre to another as information is revealed. Helping this particular anthology is that the stories tend to get stronger the farther into the 2-hour runtime it gets.
#16 of my Shocktober Challenge 2014
"You should have ninja'd that shit!"
So yeah, this is an anthology film based on found footage short stories. I like that concept a lot actually. It gives quite a wide range of possibilities. In this film we have a hidden camera inside a guys glasses, webcam footage and a headmounted cam besides the regular old handycam.
Most of the stories begin ordinary and hit an interesting twist later on.
I liked the sequence about the guys at the lake. A weird killer/monster is going around, right out of a creepypasta internet story. Similar to Slenderman he just appears in the woods, causes distortion in the footage and kills. Seems like your uncreative standard…
If you have ever wondered what my personal limit for watching shaky "found footage" film filled with excessive jump cuts of a bunch of douchbags, the answer is 17 minutes. It would also be sort of weird that you were wondering that about me.
The framing device, Tape 56, for the anthology starts off interesting, but is dripped fed so little, so far apart and ends so abruptly that it's largely meaningless. The first film, Amateur Night, is hard to stomach at first, the dead meat being outrageously obnoxious and scumbaggish. Once the bloodletting starts though, its well deserved and handled pretty well.
Second Honeymoon is the best, a slowburn that isn't afraid to not bother with establishing tension for most of its runtime, instead building its characters. Making the ending a lot more satisfying than it otherwise would have been. Also a nice "got ya" moment playing with the nature of the handheld footage subgenre.
Tuesday, the 17th is the worst, with character…
We get it, you people have tons of awkwardly filmed sex.
I liked the Skype one but seriously how and why was that recorded on a VHS?
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