V/H/S 2012

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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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Hired to steal a rare VHS tape from a remote house, a ragtag band of crooks finds a dead body, old TVs and a lot of cryptic footage.

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  • Mar 14, 2019
    Anthologies are, by their very nature, pretty mixed. And found footage horror is not my kettle o' fish. So a found footage horror anthology did not have me ecstatic. I actually didn't mind V/H/S though, this was actually better than a loot of the found footage stuff I've seen, even if they do lean hard into the most annoying things about it, say for instance, video quality, which is (intentionally) abysmal. The framing device didn't work for me though, like, at all. I was very confused, and even if I hadn't been, I wasn't engaged by it at all. Which is a real shame, because I am particularly fond of the director of that part of the film, Adam Wingard. The entries over all weren't amazing, but, almost every segment of V/H/S had a real good "oh shit" sort of a moment in it that was real intense, and I'm into that.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2017
    What the hell did I just watch? This film made no sense what so ever just a bunch of short but somehow felt overlong tapes that were just random crap hardly any of it scary, There's no connection to the tapes and even the people filming themselves watch the tapes were killed off and none of it made any sense, It had a good idea but couldn't execute it right, God knows why this film got as much praise as it did it's pure garbage.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2016
    Not scary, clever, or interesting. A complete waste of time.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2016
    V/H/S is a collection of five short horror films all bundled together in a collection and seamlessly attached to one another, making a nearly two hour film in total. The whole thing is a mixture of hit-or-miss shorts that runs just about 20 minutes too long. This is because of two things, shaky found footage for nearly two hours and some exact situations and overlong sequences. It doesn't help that the film is filled with very shallow, dimwitted, and downright evil characters with very few redeemable qualities among them. This makes for a very dark and feel-bad type of experience and on top of the shaky camera effects and digital tweaking done, we are distracted fairly often throughout the film. There are few films within the horror genre that actually work out using the found footage to enhance the experience and make it seem more realistic in nature without being overly distracting. The only I can think of off the top of my head that work are The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2009), of which the latter went on to produce several sequels and prequel films. The amount of shaky camera work here and other digital tweaking was just too much and distracted from the story more than it was used to enhance it. Each story involves grisly imagery and gore along with some extreme acts of violence and will only appeal to horror genre fans and those that can overcome the body horror elements and overly dread of the movie. If horror films aren't your forte or extreme violence and grisly imagery upset you, then steer very clear. Horror fans that don't mind these elements will find a few genuinely scary moments among the convoluted entirety of the film.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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