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When a group of petty criminals are hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realise that the job isnât going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body is slumped before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each more terrifying than the last.

Starring:
Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil, Lane Hughes, John Walcutt, Lisa Marie Thomas, Sophia Takal, Calvin Reeder
Director Ti West, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg
Genres Horror
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 28 January 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil, Lane Hughes, John Walcutt, Lisa Marie Thomas, Sophia Takal, Calvin Reeder
Director Ti West, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg
Genres Horror
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 28 January 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 12 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
VHS is an anthology movie, very much in the style of the old '80s cheese-ball horrors where a 'framing device' of a group of old men would sit around trying to outdo each other by telling horror tales that would then segue into the 'tale' itself.
In this case, 5 tales are loosely connected by the framing plot that a group of antisocial petty criminals have been hired to ransack a house to find a specific tape, and discover tales of terror on random VHS tapes as they search. I say loosely connected, because the 'framing storyline' (known as "Tape 56" and directed appallingly by Adam Wingard) doesn't work. The opening sequences of the movie are so choppily edited, anarchic and incoherent, and the youths searching for the tape so utterly detestable and devoid of character that I found myself not just utterly uninterested in anything that happened to them but actively wishing something bad would. Worse, "Tape 56" itself doesn't seem to care, as its filming is so amateurish and careless that the fates of several characters are utterly unexplained, and the framing device fails to work as anything more than a poor excuse because instead of book-ending the other plots, it ends before the fifth 'discovered tape' even starts.
Luckily the 'discovered tapes' are much better.
David Bruckner's "Amateur Night" follows a trio of horned up buddies on a clubbing night out, and explores what happens when low morals and an excess of alcohol lead them to invite strangers back for some fun...the effects are excellent, the acting of Hannah Fierman captivating, and the writing is tense and inventive.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. Krol TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
I've been wanting to see this for near on 6 months now and finally got my chance last night.
I love anthology films, purely because, for every one short story that disappoints, you know there'll be another chance for the film to redeem itself shortly after.

The wraparound story is simply this, there's a bunch of idiots who wear balaclavas and go around grabbing women and pulling thier tops up and causing damage wherever they can, while one of them films it all so they can sell thier footage to a minor porn site for $50 a time. They get a job to earn some extra cash by breaking into an old mans house and recovering a mysterious VHS video tape. The only information they have is that the old man is harmless, lives alone and they will know the tape as soon as they see it.

Upon breaking into the house, they find the old man sitting in a chair, in front of a set of video recorders and TV screens, having apparently died of a heart attack. Not to be out of pocket, they decide to search the house for the mysterious tape. What they find is box upon box of VHS tapes, all looking the same and so they decide to play them back to see what is on them.

We are then treated to 5 found footage type short stories, which are on the tapes. And between each tape, sinister things are happening to the VHS hunting burglars and the dead man in the chair.

I'll list the stories below.

1: Amateur night: This segment is about a group of obnoxious guys who are in possesion of a pair of spycam glasses and the story is told directly through these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dep Rocks on 8 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Very rarely do I turn a film off but this was one of those occasions. I am not a lover of the camcorder type films which obviously didn't help watching/enduring this film. I only just got into the 2nd video segment as the 1st was so annoying, so if you enjoy the 1st segment then maybe you will enjoy the whole film. Not for me even though I love the horror genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simmy & Dee on 10 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Blair Witch camera work style. This only worked for 'Blair Witch Project' and only once. The copycats (like this one) are just annoying.
Amateurish trying to be cool. If at least there was a connection between the stories, it would be less bad. But there isn't. It's just silly! Don't waste your time!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Glover on 29 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I must admit, the horror genre is, for the most part, a swirling vortex of dross. As a result it seems that the excellent VHS isn't getting the exposure or recognition it deserves. It's a shame because this film really should have found a wider mainstream audience.
In fairness, there's nothing particularly new here- Hammer horror were doing portmanteau films back in the sixties and the found-footage/fake documentary thing has become a cinema standard since Cannibal Holocaust. However, VHS has a subtlety, simplicity and off-kilter sense of humour that lifts it a cut above the rest. The short film format works particularly well for the crudeness of horror, allowing the tales to be unsettling and ambiguous. Plus, the framing scenario of these videos being found & viewed by some looting bozos casts doubt over the validity of each one, which conversely adds a layer of realism to the whole thing. True, a lot of the characters are obnoxious morons but the acting is fine, the dialogue naturalistic and the special effects are exactly the way they're meant to be.
On the downside, the fourth story (about a medical student talking to his girlfriend via webcam) is pretty naff, has the most gratuitous nudity and doesn't really fit with the overall feel of the film. Also, the jerky cameras can be a bit annoying. Apart from those niggles, though, VHS is an unsung classic.
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