Movie Reviews: “V/H/S” (2012)

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Notable Directors: Ti West & Joe Swanberg.

“V/H/S” is an anthology horror film like a “Creepshow” or “Tales from the Hood.” The film consists of 5 stories with a wrap-around story. The styles range from supernatural to slasher etc, all shot home video style with hand held or digital head cams.

I found the main wrap around story about a group of punks stealing an important VHS tape from a mansion uninteresting and kind of annoying. If you can get through the first 15 minutes of setup, then you are in for a creepy ride. The punks watch tape after tape (our tales) hoping to find the one they need.

Each story is unique and interesting in it’s own way. There’s some real horror here, but mostly with little pay off. Half of the tales leave you scratching your head, while others let your mind fill in the ghastly maybes. That can be some the scariest stuff, if the idea of something haunts you.

The effects are fantastic and some of the best I’ve seen. The film does a good job for the most part with maintaining a realistic feel, so that when something bad happens it’s that much more shocking. I just wish that “V/H/S” started off with a bang instead of an annoyance. Some will love this film, and others will think its the worst ever. I can understand both arguments. I am somewhere in the middle. Two of the stories in particular were fantastic and should be praised. I wish they were on their own. Overall, I appreciate the effort/experiment that went into this.

2.5 out of 4.0 stars.

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