Review – ‘V/H/S’ (2012)

'This Collection is Killer."

‘This Collection is Killer.”

I had been waiting for a long time to get to watch V/H/S.  In August, it finally came out  on  OnDemand and I was able to get the blu-ray in January and a week later it was released on Netflix. So I now have it in overkill.

Helen Rodgers and Daniel Kaufman in “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger” in V/H/S

Helen Rodgers and Daniel Kaufman in “The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger” in V/H/S

The film is suspenseful and has it scares. It probably was the scariest film of 2012. The film is based on a series of shorts connected together through a POV found footage story line. The film is set with a group of young men who commit petty crimes and film them. They shock and film victims and destroy abandoned homes. Whatever they can destroy, they will film.

Calvin Reeder in “Tape 56” in V/H/S

Calvin Reeder in “Tape 56” in V/H/S

This sets the mood of the film. The unpredictable nature of these men sets the ton of the film when they are hired to film themselves breaking into a house and retrieving a VHS tape.  They are not told which one it is but they will know when they see it. The find many many tapes in the house and as they begin screening the various tapes, the horror begins.  The films have the unpredictable and suspenseful tone set by the men in the movie.

Hannah Fierman in “Amateur Night” in V/H/S

Hannah Fierman in “Amateur Night” in V/H/S

The anthology begins and the thieves have to screen the horrors of the found footage tapes. They will never be the same again. Watch V/H/S with friends so you can enjoy the jumps and screams. The film does not take itself so seriously and that works. I give it a 4-Segment Cinemapede.

Kate Lyn Sheil in “Second Honeymoon” in V/H/S

Kate Lyn Sheil in “Second Honeymoon” in V/H/S

V/H/S is Directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, & Radio Silence

Official Selection:

2012 Sundance Film Festival

2012 SXSW Film Festival

 

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