Film Review: V/H/S (2012)
When I received a copy of V/H/S I knew little of it; apart from the trailer we ran a few months back, and maybe that is not the best way to approach it. Basically its the result of giving a bunch of horror geeks (Directors) a various video capturing devices and sending them on their way to capture their idea for a good horror flick and return to an editing suite and attempt to merge them into a full length film.
Filmmaker Wingard provides the wrapper “Tape 56″, a story centered around a group of “criminals for rent” who break into a man’s house in order to steal a specific VHS tape. They then find the occupier dead in a chair sitting in front of monitors with flashing static. So the question on everyone’s lips, what was he watching?? So a burglar decide to sit down and indulge in some gruesome home documented stories while his cohorts spread out throughout the house to locate a VHS. One buy one they come back the last person watching is no longer there is then they sit down to see what is up next on the VHS.
Second Honeymoon is Ti West directed. A young couple, filming their road trip to the Grand Canyon, have and encounter with a mysterious stranger.
Tuesday the 17th by Glenn McQuaid shows a group of college kids taking a day trip to the woods where several murders had taken place a year prior.
The Strange Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Young by Joe Swanberg is shown through Skype. A young woman who is terrorized by something in her home while talking to her boyfriend via Skype, who is seemingly away at medical school.
10/31/98 is Matt Bettinelli-Olpin’s offering and shows a bunch of friends get lost as they attempt to make their way to a Halloween party, but find themselves straying into the wrong how at the wrong time.
The stories are very hit and miss, Tuesday the 17th is by far the worst, the lead girls motivation changes throughout and there was no point in her plot what so ever. Go into the woods with a group of friend and get butchered but no need to try and give an explanation as to what someone would lead them up there. The best is probably the ‘The Signal’ its has got the most complete story arch and does give some character insight unlike the rest. The Signal offers at least some sort of a conclusion, even if it is a little Jeepers Creepers.
After watching V/H/S I thought about the idea and I thought wouldn’t that be cool – 5 Directors 5 short horror films, and yes it would have been if all the director could have produced stories of equal quality. In the end; however I am sick to death of the use of Shaky Cam to portray a seance of realism, when all it does is give me a headache when over used. V/H/S is an interesting experiment but once finished I left think what was the point.
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (as Radio Silence), Tyler Gillett (as Radio Silence), Justin Martinez (as Radio Silence), Chad Villella (as Radio Silence), David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Adam Wingard
Production Co: Bloody Disgusting, The Collective