Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The hotly anticipated and very much hyped V/H/S, promised to do something that had never been done before in the found footage sub-genre. Namely, use the format to create a new and unique horror anthology. A format within a format? Genius! While the conceit is great and the talents behind it are impressive (most notably Ti West and Adam Wingard), none of the stories are particularly interesting and a couple of them don't make a lick of sense. Never mind the fact that the use of outdated technology (VHS) is married with modern day advancements (Skype and video recording eyeglasses). Huh? Overall, this has to be the most disappointing genre experiences I've had this year.
Reviewing horror anthologies are a tricky business. After all, the segments are short stories and it'd be easy to be spoileriffic. But a brief rundown of each segment is as follows:
- A night of drinking and wanting to hook up with a pair of girls goes horribly awry for a group of douchey fellas when one of the girls turns out to be not exactly of this world (the only mildly interesting segment really).
- A couple head out for a weekend getaway in the Arizona desert, exploring the local mining town, taking in the sights and scenery, and through it all, they're stalked by a strange woman and Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........
- A Skype chat between two lovers finds the woman terrified of a supernatural presence within her apartment. What ensued next made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
- A group of teens head out to the woods (stop me if you've heard this one before) and one of them reveals her purpose for bringing the group there, awakening the presence of some mythological monster (or something like that) in the process.
- A group of friends think they're headed to like the raddest Halloween party ever but when they get there, they find out that the house is haunted and they unwittingly unleash the spirit which was in the process of being destroyed. D'oh!
On top of all that, we have a really boring and uninteresting wrap around segment where a group of petty criminals try to make a quick buck by stealing a very important VHS tape, stumbling into a collection of them, and watching said tapes which reveal the aforementioned segments. Why and how they were put together and for what purpose is never really revealed.
I expected a lot out of V/H/S considering the talents behind it and based on the press that it was getting. Not even a halfway decent film to be found here and it ends up being a colossal waste of time. I want my $10 back.
Cortez the Killer