When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought.
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The concept of merging "mini-horror stories" with the found footage genre seems promising. And I guess it would have worked if only the plot framing all the tapes had some thought and effort put into it - instead it makes no sense and is the weakest link here. The first and last stories are probably the strongest and I'd love to see a full feature based on the first one (genuinely creepy). Overall - a mixed bag ;-)
I was surprised! Though I prefer the sequel, this movie still contained some beautifully delivered terror within its glitch/lo-fi aesthetic. Yes, the middle three shorts are a little lame and its pacing is a little off, but it didn't ruin the overall experience. Maybe I'm easy to please but I'm kinda in love with this series!
V/H/S was a pretty cool anthology that didn't force you to spend a significant amount of time with any of its 2-dimensional, unlikable, vapid characters. I liked the way the segments were shot even if its going to result in the movie being a punchline within 10 years.
Kudos for Ti West's segment and the way the whole thing manages to work as a collage of some of the genre's most fun sub-genres. Unfortunately there's not real narrative putting everything together and all in all it's not even that scary. Kind of a let-down.
Not very good despite some flashes in ingenuity. The best and scariest bit was the one with the video chat. And finally I just wish the whole found footage thing would die a quick death and leave us the hell alone.
The wraparound segment jumpstarts this hit-and-miss anthology film well, even if its story isn't interesting in itself. V/H/S only hits with Bruckner's opener, being the only properly constructed and effective short, and is as tense as his section of 2007's The Signal. West's entry ends before it gets going, Swanberg's segment is a good idea turned silly, McQuaid's feels rushed, and Radio Silence's isn't well drawn.
Studio horror directors would do well to pay attention to this horror anthology, which collects "found footage" short films by Adam Wingard, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence into a truly creepy package, centered around a group of thugs who break into a house to steal a VHS tape, only to be surprised by what the tapes they find contain. A mixed bag, but extremely effective low budget horror.