V/H/S. 2012.

V/H/S. 2012.

V/H/S is a 2012 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the directing quartet known as Radio Silence.
Release date: January 22, 2012 (initial release)
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez
DVD release date: October 18, 2012
Running time: 116 minutes
Screenplay: Ti West, David Bruckner, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Glenn McQuaid
(Wikipedia)

Checked out V/H/S last night and enjoyed it very much, despite hating anthology based flicks. The film is a grainy grindhouse(ish) mash-up of several genre’s of horror held together by a shaky not-so cohesive main plot. The main section of V/H/S has a dark and gritty 80’s feel to it, though I found it to be the weakest part of the film it does not detract from the individual storylines presented throughout. Each segment is portrayed via found footage compiled on a V/H/S tape and involves different characters and locations. Here is a general breakdown of each story minus any spoilers ofcourse. Courtesy of Wiki.

Amateur Night
Directed by David Bruckner

Shane, Patrick, and Clint, are three friends who have rented a motel room with the intent of bringing women back for sex; Clint’s glasses have been outfitted with a hidden web cam that will allow them to turn their planned encounter into an amateur porn video. While the three men are bar-hopping, Clint encounters a mysterious young woman, Lily, who acts aloof and will only respond to him by whispering “I like you.”

Second Honeymoon
Directed by Ti West

A married couple, Sam and Stephanie, go out to the West for their second honeymoon and rent a motel room. The couple visit a Wild West themed attraction where Stephanie receives a prediction from a mechanical fortune teller that she will soon be reunited with a loved one. That evening (and off camera), a girl comes to Sam and Stephanie’s room and attempts to convince Sam to give her a ride the next day. In the middle of the night, a woman breaks into the room and records herself as she caresses Stephanie’s buttocks with a switchblade……

Tuesday the 17th
Directed by Glenn McQuaid

Three friends– Joey, “Spider”, and Samantha– accompany their new friend, Wendy, on a camping trip that Wendy has arranged. The group film themselves as Wendy leads them aimlessly through the woods, occasionally mentioning “accidents” that took the lives of her friends. When the group stops to smoke marijuana, Wendy tells them that a murderer killed all of her friends during a camping trip the previous year.

The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger
Directed by Joe Swanberg

A woman named Emily and her doctor-to-be boyfriend, James, video chat about the strange bump on her arm and how it reminds her of an accident she had when she was younger. She also talks about strange happenings in her apartment, which culminate in a small, childlike figure running into her room and slamming the door. Emily questions her landlord if any children have ever died in her apartment, thinking she is experiencing a haunting, but learns that no children have ever lived in the space. One night Emily attempts to make contact with the being, which knocks her unconscious. James then enters her apartment and surgically removes an alien fetus from Emily.

10/31/98
Written and directed by Radio Silence

Chad, Matt, Tyler, and Paul (dressed in Halloween costumes as the Unabomber, a pirate, a nanny cam, and a marine, respectively) head out to a Halloween party at a friend’s house, only to find it deserted. Sneaking inside, they begin to experience paranormal phenomenon such as a young girl appearing in a mirror and hands reaching out of the walls; the boys come to believe that their friends have arranged a haunted house “ride” and gleefully begin exploring the home in hopes of reaching the end of the experience and enjoying the party. In the attic they find their friend — along with several other men– shouting and chanting Bible verses at a young woman whom they’ve suspended from the rafters. Not realizing that they have interrupted an exorcism, the boys believe that this is part of the experience until their friend reacts angrily to their presence and physically assaults the young woman.

Hybrid vampires, Lesbian love triangles, backwoods digital ghost serial killers, alien-ghost impregnations and satanic halloween parties all combine to make V/H/S a flawed but enjoyable entry in the horror anthology category. Recommended! V/H/S @ IMDb.

Next Up: burn all my old vhs tapes…..

 


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  1. peteeboy says:

    I really liked this one!!!!