V/H/S (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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) Magnet
Rating:
R (for bloody violence, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
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Cast

Adam Wingard
as Brad ('Tape 56')
Calvin Reeder
as Gary ('Tape 56')
Lane Hughes
as Zak ('Tape 56')
Kentucker Audley
as Rox ('Tape 56')
Frank Stack
as Old Man ('Tape 56')
Joe Swanberg
as Sam ('Second Honeymoon')
Sophia Takal
as Stephanie ('Second Honeymoon')
Kate Lyn Sheil
as Girl ('Second Honeymoon')
Helen Rogers
as Emily ('The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily...')
Hannah Fierman
as Lily ('Amateur Night')
Sarah Byrne
as Abbey ('Tape 56')
Melissa Boatright
as Tabitha ('Tape 56')
Simon Barrett
as Steve ('Tape 56')
Andrew Droz Palermo
as Fifth Thug ('Tape 56')
Mike Donlan
as Shane ('Amateur Night')
Joey Sykes
as Patrick ('Amateur Night')
Drew Sawyer
as Clint ('Amateur Night')
Jas Sams
as Lisa ('Amateur Night')
Nicholas Tecosky
as Bartender ('Amateur Night')
Rob Mosca
as Bouncer ('Amateur Night')
Graham Reznick
as Local DJ ('Second Honeymoon')
Norma C. Quinones
as Wendy ('Tuesday the 17th')
Drew Moerlein
as Joey ('Tuesday the 17th')
Jeannine Yoder
as Samantha ('Tuesday the 17th')
Jason Yachanin
as Spider ('Tuesday the 17th')
Bryce Burke
as The Glitch ('Tuesday the 17th')
Jennifer Sacks
as Victim By Wall ('Tuesday the 17th')
Glenn McQuaid
as Victim in River ('Tuesday the 17th')
Daniel Kaufman
as James ('The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily...')
Liz Harvey
as New Girl ('The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily...')
Isaiah Hillman
as Boy Alien
Taliyah Hillman
as Little Girl Alien ('The Sick Thing...')
Chad Villella
as Chad ("10/31/98")
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
as Matt ("10/31/98")
Tyler Gillett
as Tyler ("10/31/98")
Paul Natonek
as Paul ("10/31/98")
Nicole Erb
as The Girl ("10/31/98")
John Walcutt
as Cult Leader ("10/31/98")
Bilal Mir
as Cult Dude ("10/31/98")
Damion Stephens
as Cult Dude ("10/31/98")
Koz McCrane
as Cult Dude ("10/31/98")
Eric Curtis Johnson
as Roommate ("10/31/98")
Nicole Boccumini
as Niky ("10/31/98")
Melinda Fleming
as Melinda ("10/31/98")
Joshua Carey
as Passerby ("10/31/98")
Justin Martinez
as Passerby ("10/31/98")
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Critic Reviews for V/H/S

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (24)

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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

I came, I saw, I hunkered.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

"V/H/S" probably sounded great in the pitch meeting, but it loses all luster through some shoddy execution.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Two hours of nausea-inducing shaky cam footage that fails to tell a coherent or engrossing central story.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Hardcore horror lovers will soak up the gruesome morsels.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for V/H/S

When a horror movie review website gets involved in making horror movies, you can be pretty sure the pressure is high. I mean, if you're going to critique movies, you better show you know how to make a good one. And VHS (barely) validates Bloody Disgusting's idea of what makes a good horror movie. It's a found footage anthology with a framed narrative that focuses on a group of misfits who are contracted to break into a house and recover one tape amid a whole bunch of them. To find the right tape, they end up watching a bunch of them, and the results are not so great. None of the stories tie into any overarching theme or villain. The directors of the short seemed to have free range to do what they want so long as it's found footage. What saves the film is that the segments are conceptually creative. The technical prowess in spite of found footage's limitations is also fascinating. Overly shaky cams, deliberate colour degradation (to mimic a VHS tape), and a lot of disbelief suspension detract the film from being the sum of its parts, but it's a mildly entertaining attempt to keep the found footage style alive.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

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.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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