Movie Review: V/H/S

Happy Halloween!

(c) Magnolia Pictures


The movie tells six different stories all shown in a found footage fashion.  The stories are capped off by a central story about a group of petty criminals hired by who-knows-who to retrieve a piece of footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere.  In the living room they found a dead guy sitting on a sofa before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes.  As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.

(c) Magnolia Pictures

Actually it’s a clever concept, but poorly executed.  There were 5 VHS tapes, plus the main frame story, so the movie had a total of 6 stories.  I thought every story was interrelated, but I was wrong because none of them were.

(c) Magnolia Pictures

I think the second tape was creepy because no ghosts were involved.  I guess the most scary and intriguing part was the 4th Tape.  Tape #4 is about this couple chatting via webcam.  After several chats and bumps in the body, the girl catches a glimpse of what might – or might not – be a ghost.  The other tapes including the central story were just weak and cheesy in parts.  If you are looking for gore, V/H/S has lots of it, but if you want character development, climactic narrative progression, and cohesive story, this movie fails.

All in all the movie’s just OK.  Their intention was to create amateur videos.  Well, they were successful in making such, because V/H/S is definitely amateurish.  Let’s all press the EJECT button please.

2.5 out of 5 stars


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