Written and directed by a myriad of people including Ti West (House of the Devil), David Bruckner (The Signal), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), V/H/S certainly had potential but unfortunately most of it falls flat. Maybe it’s a generational thing. I’m certain these vapid mouth breathers that have been weaned on shit like Blair Witch and the drivel that Rob Zombie keeps churning out will adore V/H/S. They’ll sing the praises of the originality of the shaky-cam-running-down-a-hallway aesthetic and they’ll identify with the inbred drunkards bumbling about in the various segments to the ends of the earth. The Hollywood hype machine has seen to that already. Of course it’s not all bad. I really liked Ti West’s contribution “Second Honeymoon”, I appreciated how down to earth it felt as well as its lack of a supernatural element which differs from the rest of the movie and as such I can certainly recommend West’s segment wholeheartedly. The rest of it is hit and miss. There are a few decent kill scenes sporadically throughout the film (the one in Second Honeymoon was particularly amusing) and some gratuitous nudity with horrendously homely girls that are horrifying in their own right. A lot of the gore gags work because they’re fairly minimalist and straightforward whereas others are laughable. The whole package seems like you’re watching some sort of best-of compilation put together from a bunch of low budget attempts at cashing in on the found footage craze that just will not die. The whole thing feels rushed, as if they’re just trying to fit as much “cool shit” in as possible as quickly as they can.
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