Excerpt: Yes, the found footage technique: the first person narrative technique designed to give the audience the impression of the film being pieced together from a series of video recordings usually left behind by characters now believed dead.
Excerpt: An anthology film made up of five short stories by five different directors, 2012’s V/H/S is linked by Adam Wingard’s bookend segments which introduce us to a group of low fi redneck porno movie makers who use VHS era camcorders to coerce women into showing their goods for a quick buck.
Conclusion: I can easily say that I'm now a fan of 'V/H/S', and more notably the talent of Radio Silence. These original stories, along with the creative camerework, produce a lot of genuine scares. I can't wait to turn out the lights, and make my friends watch this film after midnight.
Conclusion: V/H/S is proof that there's not much more than can be done with found-footage horror films. Yes, it's a technique/genre that can work in the right hands, and with the right story, but it so rarely does.
Excerpt: I don’t know if V/H/S is a serious movie, an excuse for directors Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, Ti West and some buddies to work through short film ideas, a larger commentary on the found footage genre or some alternative suggestion I haven’t considered.
Excerpt: One primary takeaway from The Blair Witch Project , the found-footage horror film that started it all, it was the revelation that under the right circumstances, something as simple and resolutely mundane as a pile of rocks—or a bunch of twigs knotted together—could terrify an audience.