(Generous) 3 - One of those "slaughter line" horror films where a bunch of insufferable characters do a bunch of insufferable shit and die, while something occasionally comes up to the screen and shouts "boo". The first short is mildly effective (Hannah Fierman is genuinely not bad), and the last is somewhat funny, but everything else is terrible, with the "glitch" short being horrendous to the point of self-parody.
I thought I was over found footage movies for good but I found myself enjoying this. I did find most of the men in it really annoying and unlikable though. this movie managed to scare me a little and kept me entertained the whole way through. wasn't as bad as I expected!
FUN! FUN! FUN! That creepy succubus-chick in the first segment gave me the heebs something fierce! The first time you see her in the background at the bar ... you could see there was something immediately OFF about her. The actress who played "Lily" deserves kudos. She conveyed so much just with her eyes. (The douchebags that she ate totally deserved it!!!) The other segments were creative & unique as well!
I had high hopes for this horror collection/anthology but while it started great, it quickly devolved into samey, uninteresting, unexplained boring action. Short 1: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★, terrifying. Short 2: ★ ★★ Disturbing. Short 3: ★ ★ ★ Very original. Short 4: ★ ★ Short 5: ★ ★ . The overarching plot with the hoodlums was meh too. Overall, 2 stars. Worth it for the great first short, and the originality of the others.
Eh. Mostly dumb horror cliche shorts wrapped in a silly framed narrative. Most every character is completely unlikable in this film. A few (minority) of the shorts are actually well-written and filmed, however. The film may be worth a viewing just for the few moments where it really shines, especially for horror fans. Inconsistent quality just kills the piece as a whole, though.
I was surprised! Though I prefer the sequel, this movie still contained some beautifully delivered terror within its glitch/lo-fi aesthetic. Yes, the middle three shorts are a little lame and its pacing is a little off, but it didn't ruin the overall experience. Maybe I'm easy to please but I'm kinda in love with this series!
V/H/S, put simply, is not a film for the light of heart. I was hesitant to watch it at first because of its shoddy, videocamera quality but was actually surprised at how enticing the story was once the first twenty minutes or so were out of the way. For a film that has its basis in an "ultra-realistic", documentary-like feel, I was impressed at how cogent a story could be crafted from a simple idea.