V/H/S is an anthology much like the cult classic Creepshow but with a twist. That twist is that the whole movie plays out as a found footage movie. The movie is split into five different short films interwoven by another short. The movie was directed by a number of directors but the two that stand out are Ti West (The House of the Devil) and David Bruckner (The Signal)
The films main story is about a group of delinquents who run around making money by assaulting women and selling it on the internet. One of them gets an offer to find to break into an old man’s house and steal a single VHS tape. That’s the basic plot for the first film that is intercut between all the others. I won’t summarize the others because I fell that I would be giving too much away.
When I first heard about V/H/S I was skeptical not because of the whole found footage thing but because of its production company. This is something I usually don’t take into account but considering that almost all of the films distributed by Bloody-Disgusting and the Collective have been mediocre at best, I was indeed skeptical. I am glad to say that I was wrong, dead wrong. This is an amazing film by amazing directors that have used a tired genre to its full potential.
By now I would imagine that most have had enough of the whole found footage genre but if there is one found footage movie that you should see V/H/S is the one. There is something here for every horror fan, regardless of your taste. There’s a monster, slasher, ghost, alien, and even a cyber-killer movie all for the price of one.
V/H/S is expertly directed, it has this very raw and real feel to it that makes you believe that you are actually watching a VHS. For those who still remember what a VHS was this plays out marvelously well but for those who don’t the film can be a tad confusing. The acting is also well done with every actor doing their best during their short amount of screen time. There is nothing bad that I can say about V/H/S as it simply is a very fun and scary film. Everything is done perfectly in order to create the illusion of an 80s horror video viewing experience. The whole film works well and I hope this is a sign to come from the Collective and Bloody-Disgusting. Overall I recommend this to any horror fan, 4 out of 5.