Sunday, August 5, 2012


Thought V/H/S was ultimately a disappointing waste of a great concept. A melding of the found footage and anthology horror genres (with each segment helmed by a different filmmaker - mostly young ‘up & comers’), the film certainly has some moments of creepy frisson, but they are too brief and too rare to really sway in its favour. The interconnecting segments have no satisfying pay-off (a vital part of the anthology horror film), and the final story (probably the best overall) just seemed tacked-on to give the audiences one last ride, and didn’t seem part of the overall story (which revolves around a series of young jackasses who are trying to locate a notorious piece of VHS tape they have been hired to steal from an old house). The story told entirely via a skype chat, while creatively presented at times, also seemed out of place and too ‘modern’ (what has skype got to do with VHS tapes?).

I still believe that the film’s concept could work incredibly well - I’ve always found something disturbing in the grainy, tracking error-filled image of VHS tape, it’s what made films like Evil Dead, I Spit on Your Grave and Bloodsucking Freaks even more unnerving when I first watched them (over and over again) on tape in the eighties. V/H/S sadly never manages to really tap into that fear.