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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…
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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.
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…
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.
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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The popularization of cellphone cameras has guaranteed that all degrees of heinous and unbelievable things will be captured and allowed to be immortalized, lessening the validity of the common found footage horror complaint ("why do they keep filming?"). But the majority of these segments do nothing to suggest any nobility that the form may have. They are generally crass and tedious.
Adam Wingard's opening montage of depravity and senseless violence is the most interesting section of the film along with David Bruckner's entertaining and novel take on sexual exploitation (when Wingard begins to create a "plot" his frame narrative descends into trite pedantry; Bruckner however doesn't drop the ball, though a moment of genital mutilation is a step-too-far towards absurdity).…
remember when Swanberg did Unfriended before Unfriended? (sorta) (i only rewatched his segment because of Easy, which is great, so is this)
When a group of misfits are 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.
i was drunk and it was scary. it did it's job.
When you have to ask yourself the following questions several times through a 144 minutes long movie, it is probably a sign that the movie - or to be more specific, the found-footage horror you're watching - failed to hook you. The questions are:
1. "Why are they filming right now again, what is their motivation?"
2. "At what point you chose to stop filming and save your life instead?"
Now it is of course extra difficult for an anthology horror movie, with 5 different directors, 5 different stories and 5 different variations of pace, horror and whatsoever, to properly hold the same amount of tension for 144 minutes to immerse the viewer but some of these short stories where…
4/31 — The fourth of 31 horror movies I'm watching before Halloween.
This movie is one of the only films than I've ever found annoying. Every character seems to be the same caricature, and there is so much forced nudity.
No characters were likable, which isn't inherently bad, but they aren't interesting either. The 'Amateur Night' segment was the highlight of the whole thing just with how unsettling the whole thing was.
There were some okay moments in each, but overall it was just a chore to watch.
Wow. This isn't anywhere near as enjoyable as V/H/S 2.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…