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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 may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
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.
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…
Did you erase it?
I have a love/hate relationship with the "found footage" sub-genre of horror films. While there's certainly a few exceptions, like the [REC] films that I just love, for the most part I end up either not liking or just hating most of them. This one was off to a rough start. I checked to see how long I had been watching the film and around the 15 minute mark I had to struggle with the decision of turning it off or not. I watched the entire film, but I can't say that it's a decision I'm particularly proud of. What happened during those first 15 minutes is that we're introduced to the petty criminals that…
The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger was my favorite. I rewatched it just to see how the manipulation, gaslighting, and abuse was so subtly imbued.
they all sucked except for the last two, which were decent
found footage. gets better as it goes
This was really cool. The first and second segments were the best. In fact, they were awesome. The other ones couldn't quite live up.
A Parker Pick.
Ein Anthologienhorrorfilm im Found Footage-Stil: theoretisch sehr interessant, praktisch überambitioniert und teils etwas ungelenk. Immer dann, wenn die Regisseure (darunter Adam Wingard und Ti West) mit dem gewählten Stil ihre Geschichte zu fragmentartig vortragen oder die Episoden mit erzwungen wirkenden Twists, trotz gutem Aufbau, zerstört werden. Da wäre mehr drin gewesen, sein rauher Charme und der Gesamteindruck retten V/H/S vor einem Gesamtausfall.
Weil ich darüber gebloggt habe, gibt es hier das komplette Review.
Poorly made found footage horror that uses gore and attempted shock value to trick the audience into thinking it's scary.
It's pretty bad.
Genitori, preoccupati per i pargoli? Fategli vedere V/H/S: ecco cosa attende chi ha per amici dei poco di buono e dei fidanzati senza amore.
It has no heart. That's my issue with found footage horror. I've yet to see any that doesn't inspire a totally lukewarm, neutral reaction.
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