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…
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.
I know it's not a favorite for a lot of people, but I really like the found footage genre. Sure, it's overdone, most of it never makes sense, and they all follow a similar formula, but I love how most of them (the good ones anyways) rely on atmosphere more than jump scares. It's a genre where most of the films suck, but the ones that are good usually manage to be a lot of fun. V/H/S is one of those films.
This film actually tries something different by making it a bunch of anthology shorts. The results, as usual for any anthology film, is mostly hit and miss, but boy are the hits fun.
The film has a wraparound…
Joe Swanberg’s and, in particular, Ti West’s segments come off the best, I think. Both deal interestingly with constantly shifting states of power and vulnerability, and they deliver on the slightly subversive “struggle between the genders" premise the rest of the film introduces and seems to drop the ball on.
The Hunger Games shaky cam has nothing on this.
I am not a detractor of the found footage genre, whilst certainly lacking in class or higher cinematic art it has given us some entertaining films such as Cloverfield, [Rec], Troll Hunter, The Last Exorcism and the classic Blair Witch Project. But these films offered something more than just the genre fixtures, they provided compelling characters and twists on tired tropes.
VHS is unfortunately a mostly dull, sexually exploitative and mildly unsettling bunch of movies without the semblance of relatable characters.
Unpleasant horror movie that feels too episodic and inconsistent due to its structure. The gore and voyeurism don't make for particularly pleasant viewing, although the technical execution is impressive.
I either deserve a pat on the back for watching this in its entirety, or a slap in the face for even bothering with it after the first half hour. I think I'll have to with go with the latter.
It was just. So. Boring.
Sex, Gore and Shitty Film Making.
Today we learnt:
-Teenagers like to party.
-Teenagers who like to party die.
-Teenagers like sex.
-Teenagers who like sex die.
-Teenagers like to record everything they do on shitty cameras.
-Teenagers who like to record everything they do on shitty cameras have Parkinsons.
-Also they die.
Variations on the slasher film all told in a found footage style. None of the films are really satisfying or surprising but all of them are enjoyable at some level. Wingard's framing narrative makes the most compelling (best executed) use of the found footage style, with the haunted-house-themed final film in my slot for second best (if only they hadn't relied so much on digital effects). Much more consistent than The ABCs of Death, although that's almost certainly because there are fewer films here. Curious to see whether V/H/S/2 takes the series uphill or downhill.
A great concept for an anthology film. Surprisingly the film I was most excited for, the Ti West directed film, I found to be the weakest of the bunch but they were all good though I did like the last two the best. Made me slightly nostalgic for vhs too...
For the most part, the movie is far too vulgar in terms of sex and language that it initially evokes too much emotion that distracts from the scares.
A unique way to tell a anthology horror film doesn't help predictable plots but V/H/S has it's moments.