13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mixed, interesting barrage of horror
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...
Published 11 months ago by Benminx
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I LIKE YOU
For those who love shaky fake found footage, this one is da bomb. A group of criminals film their escapades of vandalism and assaults to sell to a buyer. They then enter a house to get a VHS tape, they will know it when they see it. The rest of the movie shows us found footage film within a found footage film. Oh joy. There is a dead man in the house sitting in front of a...
Published 10 months ago by The Movie Guy
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5.0 out of 5 stars The view from www.drunkenmovieramblings.co.uk,
A bunch of misfits are hired to rob a house, they're told to steal a video tape from the property, "which one" they ask when confronted by stacks of tapes, play the tapes and "you will know" they are told......
We are then treated to five short stories by five different directors and there's not a duffer in sight, each one brilliantly shot, in your face, modern gut wrenching horror.I've watched this twice in a few months and it's really is one of the best horror movies of the past decade and easily one of the movies of 2012.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad,
I did not mind this one,but I do not really think that it could really be a real good scare. To be honest,it tries to make you jump,but it drags on until it gets better!hopefully to sequel will try to do better. Not too bad if you want something not too nasty!!
3.0 out of 5 stars dvd,
This DVD arrived very fast. For the price it was alright. However its not the best film ever but kept us entertained for a wile. The DVD was in good condition.
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh...,
As a huge horror fan and being keen on Horror Anthologies, I was excited for this new 'found footage' anthology film. Sadly the enveloping story doesn't translate well as a supporting story, the shorts weren't particularly scary and, being all found-footage style, I found it to be difficult to watch. Not as effective as some other shaky-cam films like "The Bay".
5.0 out of 5 stars Old idea made modern,
I must admit, before watching this I had very low expectations because of the large amount of negitive reviews & that I have seen many poor horrors recently. Much to my delight this film was was a moden twist of such old school horrors 'Tales of The Crypt' and 'Creepshow'. I'm surprised something like this hasnt come out sooner. Granted this hasnt got the biggest budget in the world but some times you don't need one. Each of the stories has a bit of everything ghosts, crazy stabby people, a weird woman creature, Witches plus much more well worth a watch. I very much enjoyed this film and I would recommend it to any horror fan. I will look forward to V/H/S 2 that comes out later in the year.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding stuff!,
Easily one of the finest, if not THE best horror anthology in years! Far surpassed any expectations, with only one segment being a dud. Ti Wests entry (despite being one of the most exciting genre filmakers in his own terms) was very dissapointing. Maybe saving all his good stuff for his solo feature lengths. A brilliant example of what can be achieved on a low budget & an inspired
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad,
This is ok. Didn't really know anything about it. It is different. I am a horror fan and I was pretty spooked out in places. Good value for money
3.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't excited about this production before watching and I was close to reviewing something different.,
This review is from: V/H/S [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I try and steer well clear of found footage films and just like the character Ripley in Aliens (1986) said 'and now you want me to go back there' ...I did go there and watched another production of this saturated POV style of filming. My favorite found footage films include Cloverfield (2008),The Blair Witch Project (1999) and the brilliant Troll Hunter, if you prefer an alternative extreme POV horror experience watch The Butcher (2008. This V/H/S anthology has a weak random introduction where whatever comes out of the characters mouths is boring and predicable, but there is a nice dose of vandalism which must have been incredibly satisfying for the cast to do. This is a generous anthology mix, however,the links which include the beginning just don't work. The film would have greatly improved with something less manic. It's scatter gun filming - all over the place. You must have delineation between the links and the actual found footage stories we witness. As it stands the in between links to each short story is pitched at the same energy as everything else. For a good example of links between short stories click here. The other negative is shaky camera work can be infuriating if it's almost constant and there are moments when it seems that way. I wasn't excited about this production before watching and I was close to reviewing something different.
If the atmosphere at the start didn't change lanes I would have yawned and changed channel....but in the end I'm glad I watched it. The actual short stories aren't bad at all, in fact I loved every one. Each short was paced just right, I was genuinely surprised and thrilled. This film would have worked if the actual found tapes were not on VHS format, then again it may not have captured its target audience if it was called 'DVD'. The hook for me to watch V/H/S (2012) is down to Bloody Disgusting being a part of the production mix.
For the individual short stories themselves this film is definitely worth a look, even though they are stories from found individual VHS tapes and are shot POV style - don't let that put you off. After the first awesome short I thought how are they going to continue this thrilling standard with the subsequent stories...and indeed they do, every story is an absolute gem. Forget the films limp intro, lazy links and the deep bass sound telling you when something scary is about to happen (that's ripped from the Paranormal Activity series) and your left with this: V/H/S proves there's still creative life in found footage stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars Found Tape Horror that really works.,
Yes we are all getting a bit tired with 'found tapes' type films but this is sort of different. First a group of really unlikable hoodlums are hired by an unknown third party to break and enter an isolated house (they are usually isolated with no phone cover aren't they) where they have to steal a VHS tape, they are told they will know which one it is. Once they get inside the house they discover the corpse of an old man in an upstairs room facing a bank of televisions.
Then they discover that there are quite a few VHS tapes in the house already and will either take the lot or sort through them. Well they start to play one and it is a found tape itself which ends in a nasty way, still unperturbed they put on yet more and the footage gets worse.
This is different as I said as it has been written and directed by 10 different people, this reflects that all the tapes are mini horrors in their own right and they are all pretty much seasoned in their art both the writers and directors. The concept also allows for the quality of the camera work etc to change and yet never affect the continuity of the actual plot. The various `tapes' are segued perfectly by the goings on back in the spooky house.
It is scary in places and I found myself saying `turn the lights on already' on more than one occasion as the on screen victims seem to have never heard of a light switch. Still that is par for the course and all adds to the fun. There is a fair smattering of nudity but none of it really sexy and bordering on gratuitous some could argue. Some scenes are hard to watch which is a very good thing for a horror film and it has been so well received that a follow up, imaginatively called `VHS 2' is already out in the USA. A must for most horror fans - recommended.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding anthology of horror,
This review is from: V/H/S [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
So this is a collection of 6 *found footage* films all under the one umbrella , and each segment is directed by some of the best up and coming indie horror filmmakers like Ti West (House of the Devil) , Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die) , Glenn McQuaid (Stakeland) and more.
The film starts with Tape 56 (Adam Wingard) which is the wraparound feature that which all the other stories interlock with. A group of guys are paid to break into a house and steal a videotape , when they arrive there they find a man dead in a chair in front of a bank of TV's and surrounded by many videos , so in order to find the right video they start to watch some individually. And the other five stories are the ones they watch.
Amateur Night (David Bruckner) has three guys going on a night out. One of the guys is wearing a pair of spy like video glasses that record everything he sees. They meet two women and take them back to a motel room.
This is probably the strongest of the collection and has some truly disturbing moments and fantastic imagery.
Second Honeymoon (Ti West) features a young married couple documenting a roadtrip with a handheld cam. We see them in various locations (I think) around the Grand Canyon area. In the evening there is a knock at their motel door , when the husbands answers he sees a woman in the parking lot pacing. From then on their vacation takes some real dark turns along the way.
Next is Tuesday the 17th (Glenn McQuaid) where a young woman invites three friends to secluded spot in the woods. Each friend has been invited under a false pretense, but why?
The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger (Joe Swanberg) features a man and woman talking on Skype. She has just moved into a new apartment while he is out of town. They have various discussions where she reveals her flat may well be haunted by the ghost of a child. She tries to contact the spirit while her boyfriend can only look on helplessly.
Finally its 10/31/98 (Radio Silence) where four friends in poor Halloween costumes set off for a party , but instead find themselves at the wrong location trapped in a demonic house.
This anthology is a superb shot in the arm for the *found footage* genre which has got considerably lamer over the last few years. All the stories are completely individual but are all tied in with the great Tape 56 feature.
It is an excellent showcase of some of the best indie horror filmmakers , and will shock you and surprise you in equal measure.
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