So I seen the review's on R.T. and I noticed the movie reieved mixed reviews so I really did'nt know what to expect. The night before me and my g.f. had seen the movie sinister. That movie was scary and my g.f. seen it as a good scary movie. So V/H/S had alot of ground to cover going up against a movie like that. After we left V/H/S I asked my g.f. what she thought of the movie she said "very disturbing". The only thing I can say is I am a fan of disturbing movies and this movie is worth the price of admission if your a fan of anthology movies that are super creepy.
Adam Wingard, Ti West, David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the YouTube sensation Radio Silence have all come together to create "V/H/S", which simultaneously resurrects the anthology film with gusto, places itself among the scariest of scary movies, and makes the found footage genre more legit than it has ever been.
Set in the narrative framework of a group of villainous hoodlums with a v/h/s camcorder, we follow them into a house during a "job" to steal a precious v/h/s tape for a mysterious third party. When they arrive, however, they are met with a dead body and stacks upon stacks of unlabeled v/h/s tapes. As they put the tapes into the player to discover which one they're supposed to grab, we watch in horror as the sick stories play out in front of us. We witness five v/h/s stories, each directed by a different master of modern horror, before the outside story begins to unravel into something as twisted as what's on the demented tapes.
The stories range from a cautionary tale for predatory men, to a modern take on the "trapped-in-the-woods" slasher. We witness a second honeymoon gone horribly bad, an ingenious use of Skype, and a take on the haunted house genre that will not be bested for a long time. And I won't even tell you what happens in the house where the criminals are looking for the tape...
This is terrifying filmmaking, original and ingeniously twisted. Watching the film feels like experiencing a living, breathing nightmare. Cold sweats, confusion, shock, nausea - it all comes with this territory.
Combining the low-budget style of found footage with the low-budget look of shooting on v/h/s tape gives these filmmakers the opportunities to offer big scares, scares that don't give themselves up with CGI cheapness or flashy editing. No, "V/H/S" is down and dirty reality horror that digs so far under your skin it threatens to burst out the other side.
The filmmakers wisely choose to leave many details out, dropping us into stories that have long-since hit the ground running, giving us only enough exposition-laced dialogue to let us form our own conclusions, and often the films are left partially unresolved. Exactly like you'd expect found footage to be. It's bold and risky, and some will find it confusing, but it couldn't be more perfect.
If you're looking for something new to be scared of, pop in "V/H/S".