Friday, August 3, 2012

Jason reviews V/H/S

As a horror fan, there's nothing better than having your world rocked. And the upcoming Magnet release V/H/S does just that thanks to some ballsy work by some of horror's best independent filmmakers.

When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. 

This is essentially Tales from the Darkside or Creepshow for the new millennium, with five short stories and a wrap-around segment presented in the found-footage format. Each tale gets a little more extreme than the next.

Surprisingly, there's not one weak link in the mix so far as the individual tales. Sure, some are better than the others, but each has its strength. I'm particularly fond of Glenn McQuaid's Tuesday the 17th, Radio Silence's 10/31/98 and Joe Swanberg's The Strange Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger. Each segment packs a punch and delivers the goods in terms of scares, blood and nudity. That's right, nudity. This is an R-rated horror film, the kind they used to make in the 80s bitches. Represent!

Genre veteran Ti West's piece isn't the strongest, but Second Honeymoon is still pretty damn good, with one of the best WTF endings I've seen in some time. Adam Wingard's wrap-around segment doesn't come to a satisfactory conclusion, making for the film's biggest weakness.

But the rest is a horror fan's wet dream. And, at almost two hours, everything flows beautifully. This is a fast-paced and often creepy ride. We've got a few shorts shitting moments and some great jump scares. Plus boobies galore and some male ass for the chicks. Throw in buckets of gore and what more do you want? This is the horror film with something for everyone!

No doubt, V/H/S rates a Good, and I will watch it again and again. A must view every October.

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