Friday, December 28, 2012
V/H/S - DVD Review
Starring Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Calvin Reeder and Sophia Taki.
Directed by Adam Wingard, Ti West, David Bruckner & Glenn McQuaid.
The found-footage horror movie is played out, but this one finds a way to keep it going. It's essentially an anthology, with a group of guys filming themselves, and they find a dead man in front of a TV at his house, and they see he has some weird videotapes, so they watch them... and it's found-footage within found footage. The structure didn't work, but half of the six stories told had some genuinely spooky ideas and twists. I couldn't help but notice that all the stories had young "dudes" just worried about getting drunk and having sex or other unsympathetic behavior until they were killed by whatever it is. So there it is. Imagine Blair Witch Project told in 20 minutes, then Paranormal Activity told in 20 minutes, then The Last Exorcism told in 20 minutes, and you still have an hour to go.