Found footage horror films are a dime a dozen right now. Anthology flicks seem to be garnering some heft once again too. "V/H/S" is the first, as far as I know, to really combine the two and after a pretty strong showing throughout the festival circuit, my curiosity for how these film makers pulled it off became almost over bearing. The positive comments streamed in about how scary and intriguing it was, so it was only natural that it would leap its way up the Blood Brothers viewing queue. Even though "V/H/S" is far from a perfect film, the general way that it goes about throwing together its concept is impressive overall.
A group of young men, of the hoodlum variety, have been given a very special job. A simply one. They have to break into a house while the owner is asleep and steal one VHS tape. Just one and they'll know it when they see it. Two problems though when they arrive. Firstly, the owner is dead in a chair surrounded by the glow of static televisions. Secondly, there are dozens of VHS tapes scattered about. So the men, decide they need to watch a few to figure out which one is the right one...
|The film uses some interesting techniques...like webcam shots with picture in picture.|
|Those walls are getting handsy.|
With the acclaim that was pouring in for "V/H/S" I had some high standards even with my own cynicism that it could pull it off. The mixture of styles certainly impressed and how the film really ties it all together worked like a charm for me. The execution on some of the stories was of top quality while the others were a bit mixed. All in all, I enjoyed the hell out of this found footage anthology horror but it is rather flawed in some of its tales. Highly recommended for horror fans though as it is a very unique experience.
Written By Matt Reifschneider