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V/H/S (2012)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 42

An uneven collection of found-footage horror films, V/H/S has some inventive scares but its execution is hit-and-miss.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 13

An uneven collection of found-footage horror films, V/H/S has some inventive scares but its execution is hit-and-miss.



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When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn't going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last. -- (C)

Dec 4, 2012


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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (42) | DVD (3)

The mostly played-out found footage aesthetic has its limitations, and V/H/S doesn't escape all of them. But the collected directors do manage to make many of those limitations into the films' strengths.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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I came, I saw, I hunkered.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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"V/H/S" probably sounded great in the pitch meeting, but it loses all luster through some shoddy execution.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Two hours of nausea-inducing shaky cam footage that fails to tell a coherent or engrossing central story.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (3)
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The film also plays to the strengths of the found-footage format, proving that sometimes the scariest things are the ones you can barely see.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Hardcore horror lovers will soak up the gruesome morsels.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Consistently intense but inconsistently satisfying ... in its attempt to pack relentlessly downbeat horror into 20-minute packages.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

A solid and entertaining anthology film...

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Conceptual pedantry aside, there are things to enjoy here.

January 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A hit-and-miss affair.

January 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It might well be a brand-new different kind of found footage movie, but it's no better a work of horror cinema as a result.

January 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The anthology framework works well and features enough audacious moments to merit a viewing.

January 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

This has been attracting a lot of enthusiasm from horror buffs but it is hard to see why.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A nauseating experience on every level.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A mixed bag of found-footage horror shorts, this anthology gives rising star filmmakers a chance to do something original with the genre. Of course, some of the clips are much more effective than others, and some are little more than gimmicky jokes.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source:

Thankfully, more often than not, these five shorts work.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Smart, scary stuff.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

Several of the shorts build ingeniously, and their brevity solves the serial problem of found footage, which is how to maintain interest and plausibility in shaky-cam antics for a whole feature.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Fails to fulfil its grisly potential.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

V/H/S works very well, with some of the segments genuinely inducing a sense of dread and unease while others create a videotape reality that just delights with its own twisted logic.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

Spectacular hits and forgivable misses make this a surefire candidate for cult status.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A fantastic and fantastical example of how much life remains in the handy cam horror genre.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Entertaining horror anthology with strong performances, decent special effects and a handful of nice ideas, though some of the stories work better than others and the film is let down by a weak linking segment.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Like last year's Chronicle, here's another reminder that in the right hands found footage still has plenty of capacity to surprise.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Some of the segments are more successful than others, but all of them could do with better actors.

January 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Screechy, surprising and, in places, proper scary, this glitchy genre mixtape puts invention ahead of attention span, representing a 4/6 victory for killer over filler.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Audience Reviews for V/H/S

three stars
October 19, 2013
MisterYoda ?

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Four hooligans are hired to break in and retrieve a VHS tape from an old house; when they get there they watch tapes containing short POV horror stories. The episodes range from very bad (a Skype session on VHS?) to not bad (Halloween partiers walk into the wrong house), but there is a frat boy vibe to many of the segments that won't sit well with less douchey folks.
October 15, 2013
Greg S

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It is hard to figure out what it worse here: if the fact that this pile of crap forces us to be in the company of a bunch of obnoxious people or that the stories are all dull and lead nowhere, with the found footage execution being so incredibly pretentious and even incoherent.
October 8, 2013

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September 16, 2013
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