V/H/S (2012)

V/H/S (2012) movie poster

directors Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence
viewed: 12/20/2012

V/H/S is an anthology-style horror compendium with its distinction being that all of the films are shot in the “faux found footage” style.  With different directors for each segment, the film also features a central, framing narrative in which a group of thieves/miscreants search a house for a specific VHS tape.  The short films are shown as scenes watched by the guys as they look for their film.

So, like the “film within a film” motif, we now have “faux found footage” within “faux found footage”.

The thing is, and maybe it’s just that I limited my reading about the film, that the movie has a fair amount of surprises.  With six narratives, you’ve got six little horror films with their own logic, creeps, mysteries, and shocks.  And while no one of them is so good that it would work as its own feature (any better than a lot of average feature-length horror films), the chaotic unknowns play out cleverly.  Or cleverly enough, anyway.

The only one of the directors with whom I had any familiarity with is Ti West.  But that is perhaps the best thing about the film and the reason I’ll just leave it at this.  Not knowing what might happen, what to expect, earns an edge for these shorts and while I’m about as tired of “faux found footage” as anyone, I’ll say that this is a decent project and worth seeing if this sounds like your kind of thing.

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