Directed by: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence, Ti West
Written by: David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Nicholas Tecosky, Radio Silence, Simon Barrett, Ti West
Starring: Adam Wingard, Calvin Reeder, Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil, Lane Hughes, Sophia Takal
STARRING: Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes
DIRECTORS: Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg and Ti West.
The Hughes Verdict!
Hmmmm……….As I sat back and watched V/H/S on DVD (????), a great glow came over me. The much talked about horror was finally before my eyes and like a child at Christmas, I was eagerly excited! Tingles of eagerness to be scared and thoughts of seeing a brilliant horror was all in my mind. Was this the “found footage” horror to end all horrors? Enough as been said about V/H/S too suggest that it could well be and with the name Ti West attached to the project, well nothing could really go wrong, Could It?Well……yes!
You see V/H/S is not a very good film, its not even up there with little unknown gems like Atrocious and Evil Things. Apart from two stories of pure joy, I actually found the experience nothing more than a waste of my time and actually found it quite nasty and at times totally dull.
V/H/S plays out like a whole new modern take of Tales From The Crypt, an anthology of short horror films all combined in one whole package. Instead of the Cryptkeeper we have a bunch of most unlikeable characters I have seen in a long time. These group of men go around filming their “hilarious” antics of lifting up young innocent women’s tops to expose their breasts and then smashing windows and just being a bunch of bastards! “Will you lot Die already” was my thought and already ten minutes into this film I knew that this did not bode well.
We do start off pretty good though. Amateur Night, by David Bruckner (The Signal), is a tasty little tale about the terror of picking up a random girl in a party. Three college guys out for a night of booze and sex, pick up two girls where one of them is quiet and quite strange.
As the much louder girl passes out due too extreme alcohol, the boys turn their attention to the timid girl whose only words “I like you!” and the odd sniff of her noise should put alarm bells in most guy’s minds. What follows is a brilliant piece of horror that sweeps you in and makes you pine for more. Its a brilliant tale by Bruckner, full of gore and suspense, with a final shot that made me want to see more and from then on I was hoping despite the start, V/H/S may save itself thanks to these short stories.
Sadly the in-between tales are more miss than hit.
Second Honeymoon, which is directed by West is a tale about a young couple’s road trip that goes very wrong indeed. Its not very good, builds up too nothing of note and is very disappointing, especially with the name behind the camera.
The Strange Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger, directed by Joe Swanberg and Simon Barrett; is nothing more than a Paranormal Activity kind of rip off that would have been good a few years back if it weren’t for all the Activity sequels that has made scares like already feel old hat.
Tuesday the 17th byGlenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), is of course a homage to the Jason legacy but after the much better The Hills Run Red from a few years back, the film is poorly acted and has one of the worst slasher creations I have seen in a long time!
V/H/S does finish with cracking story by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin. Entitled 10/31/98, four guys going to a Halloween party end up going to the wrong house and what they find is odd and quite surreal. A group of men are torturing a young woman in the attic and when they try to play the hero, they discover its best at times not to do the right thing as what follows is totally freaky and down right disturbing, This story is the best of the entire lot and I would say its probably worth watching the film just for this segment.
In-between these tales, we cut back to the criminals and see what they are doing, but like I said, this story did nothing for me and I hope the planned sequel does a better tale in how we the audience get to see this footage.
Grainy and amateurish, V/H/S has good intentions to the found footage genre and I had to admire the attempt to bring something new to the genre. But anthology tales live and die by how good they are and two good stories out of Five, shows that despite the best attempts of those involved, V/H/S leaves nothing more than a feeling of disappointment.