V/H/S (2012) Movie Review

V/H/S (2012)

2012 | R | Horror, Thriller
116 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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V/H/S Review


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.

V/H/S (2012) is an American anthology found-footage horror film with six segments. This horror anthology contains extreme violence, graphic nude scenes, sexual content, bad language, drug use, suspense, thrills, scary scenes, gore and minor humor. I am not a fan of found footage, but I enjoy a few of the segments in this film. The directors, actors and writers all did an outstanding job. I gave this movie a six because it needed more jump scares and more intense scary scenes. There was not enough horror.

Segment - Tape 56

Director Adam Wingard (You’re Next (2011), The Guest (2014), V/H/S/2 (2013))

Tape 56 revolves around a criminal gang that videotapes their criminal acts that include vandalizing/breaking walls and windows. They also sexually assault females. A mysterious person offers them an insane amount of money to break into someone’s home and steal a VHS videotape. The gang accepted the job and decide to take all the tapes from the home to make sure they have the right one because the tapes are not marked. Things soon got creepy as the old man they found dead in the chair when they enter the house is now walking around in the basement and then suddenly reappears dead on the chair again. What will these thieves do? The criminals soon discover another problem, they are disappearing one by one and someone is decapitating humans.

I enjoyed this segment because it had suspense, mystery, thrills, and it was entertaining.

Segment - Amateur Night

Director David Bruckner (The Signal (2007), Talk Show (2011), Siren (2016))

Shane, Patrick, and Clint are three friends that decide to make a movie by renting a motel room and inviting females that are unaware of their intentions. Clint has a hidden video camera in his eyeglass that he will use to film the amateur video. Clint met Lily at a bar while barhopping, and the other guys met Lisa. They persuaded the females to go back to the hotel room with them. Lisa passes out as Lily makes her moves on Clint - for some reason, none of the guys saw the scales on her leg that are really visible. There is so much more to this segment but I would not spoil it.

Clint is in for the ride of his life although he does not want it. Lily is not your average females and has a thirst for blood but is not a vampire. Who will make it out alive? This was one of the most gruesome and best segment.

Segment - Second Honeymoon

Director Ti West (The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013))

Sam (Joe Swanberg - Drinking Buddies (2013), Happy Christmas (2014), You’re Next (2011)) and Stephanie went to Arizona for their second honeymoon. Stephanie (Sophia Takal - Green (2011), Wild Canaries (2014), Devil Town (2015)) met a fortune teller and was told that she will be reunited with a loved one. An old lady came to their hotel room door and insisted for Sam to give her a ride the next day. Things soon got very creepy - someone broke into their room in the middle of the night and films themselves touching Stephanie’s butt with a switchblade. Someone enters their room again the next night and films themselves stabbing Sam in the neck with a switchblade.

I also enjoyed this segment and was surprised at the ending. I could not believe who the killer was. Was Stephanie reunited with a loved one? Who was that loved one? Was it the loved one that killed Sam?

Segment - Tuesday the 17th

Director Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead (2008), Stake Land (2010), Convulsion (2003))

Joey, Spider, Samantha went on a camping trip with their new friend, Wendy. Wendy guided the friends through the woods and told them about accidents that happen throughout the trail as Joey filmed everything. Wendy’s story got spooky after she told them that a murderer killed her friends the year before when they were camping. The killing spree did not take long to happen as Samantha and Spider are axed off by a redhead human like figure. Wendy soon reveals that she brought the three friends to the camping site as bait. She wants to use them to lure the killer out and to have her chance of killing the killer.

Will any of the friends survive? Will Wendy survive her fight with the mysterious figure that can be more than two places at the same time? This segment did not entertain me and was predictable.

Segment - The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger

Director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies (2013), Happy Christmas (2014), You’re Next (2011))

Emily (Helen Rogers - Jack Attack (2013), Block (2011), Body (2015), How to Be a Man (2013)) is seen talking to her boyfriend James on the computer. James is a trainee doctor, and Emily is telling him about a bump she has on her arm. Emily believes her apartment is haunted after she sees’s a small child like figure in her room and then slamming her door. Emily appears to be going crazy as she took a scalp and dug into the bump on her arm while James is pleading with her not to do so. James is not who we assume him to be and is the reason Emily has the bump on her arm. Who is James and what is he up to? This segment also contains aliens and impregnating females.

Segment - 10/31/98

Written and directed by Radio Silence (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez & Chad Villella - The Birthday Party: A Chad, Matt & Rob Interactive Adventure (2010), The Treasure Hunt: A Chad, Matt & Rob Interactive Adventure (2011), The Teleporter: A Chad, Matt & Rob Interactive Adventure (2010))

Segment - It’s Halloween 1998

Chad, Matt, Tyler, and Paul in 1998 dressed up in costumes for Halloween and went to a friends party. They somehow ended up at the wrong place and start prying around only to discover paranormal activities. The group thinks that they are at a haunted house and thinks nothing of it. They walked in on an exorcism and decided to join in the chanting. They ran off after one of the men got angry, and then they returned after realizing that they should rescue the female. This was one spooky house as it had hand trying to capture the boys as they rescue the strange female. What the female did to the boys afterward was predictable.

About V/H/S (2012)

Title: V/H/S
Original Title: 10/31/98, Amateur Night, Second Honeymoon, Tape 56, The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger, Tuesday the 17th
Year: 2012
Runtime: 116 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 15 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 15
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Simon Barrett, Helen Rogers, Joe Swanberg, Graham Reznick, Christina Reynolds, Elizabeth Davidovich, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, Adam Wingard, Lane Hughes, John Walcutt, Bryce Burke, Damion Stephens, Liz Harvey, Chad Villella, Calvin Reeder, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kelly Comeaux, Tyler Gillett, Sunita Patel & Family, Parker Davidson, Jessica Hoehn, Paul Natonek, Kat Slatery, Josh Wilcox, Sophia Takal, Nicole Erb, Nate Dorn, Matt Brohammer, Norma C. Quinones
Writers: Brad Miska, Simon Barrett, David Bruckner, Nicholas Tecosky, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Chad Villella
Director: Adam Wingard, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

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