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.
Excerpt: When the trailer for V/H/S first hit the internet, many movie lovers were thrilled, including me. It looked like a total thrill ride, with the title and subject matter speaking to old-school horror fans, evoking a time when we used to look for hidden gems among the lurid covers of the dank, dusty horror sections of our neighborhood mom n' pop video store. A bunch of party dudes run around the city, causing chaos while filming it all.
Excerpt: As the last couple weeks of 2012 wind down and I look back on The Cabin in the Woods , Detention , [click on the thumbnail to enlarge] and ParaNorman , then...yeah, it's been a hell of a year for the genre. I just don't think of them as horror . Informed by horror, drawing deeply from horror, sure, but horror themselves...? Not really. Come to think of it, it took me till now to find an out-and-out horror flick I could point to as my favorite from the class of 2012.
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. I highly recommend this Blu-ray, it makes an excellent addition to any horror fan's collection. I can't wait for the sequel.
Summary: Can we all just agree—or maybe get a petition going?—that found-footage horror films need to stop? At least for a half-decade or so? I'm not necessarily against the idea of POV shaky-cam movies, it's just that the sub-genre that The Blair Witch Project birthed has been inundated over the last few years with increasingly derivative, increasingly boring, increasingly soulless cash-ins, each less novel than the last.
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. There’s evidence for all of those possibilities, but in many ways, it couldn’t possibly matter any less.
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. And without costing a penny.
Summary: I love a horror anthology – most of the time. Not so much in this case, with most of the micro-budget directors who contributed shorts to this collection all indulging similar themes. The desire to shock seems to outweigh a sense of atmosphere throughout, which is fine if you like grubby horror but didn’t really do it for me. An extra disappointment was that Ti West ( The House of the Devil , The Innkeepers ) directs the worst of the bunch.