Wednesday, August 15, 2012

V/H/S Movie Review 257

V/H/S is a 2012 horror movie anthology and has a few directors such as Ti West and Adam Wingard. It is filmed documentary style.

The main story which runs through the movie is about three criminals who do all sorts of illegal jobs for money. An unknown person sends them to a remote house to locate a video tape which is very rare. While hunting for it, they discover a cache of video tapes and they begin to watch them, but they are not ready for what appears on the tapes...

Amateur Night is the first story and it tells the tale of a group of young guys, Shane(Mike Donlan), Patrick(Joe Sykes) and Clint(Drew Sawyer) who are on a night out and who want to get with some women.
They are staying in a hotel room so there are many possibilities of hooking up for them. They meet some women and Clint is wearing web cam glasses to film the events of the evening. He meets an odd looking woman called Lily(Hannah Fierman) who goes back to their hotel room with him. Another girl comes too but she passes out. Clint is nervous and when the other two guys want a threesome with Lily, he isn't too sure. She doesn't like Patrick so she bites his hand. She has sex with Shane, but it soon turns out that she is some sort of vampire creature and she kills him . The others see this and hide in the bathroom. She kills Patrick next but shows an attraction to Clint who is repulsed. He tries to escape from her but she follows him. When he gives her the brush off, she develops wings and flies off with him into the night and his camera glasses drop to the ground.

Second Honeymoon is the second tale and it is about a couple Sam(Joe Swanberg) and Stephanie(Sophia Takal) who are vacationing. They go to a fortune telling machine and it gives Stephanie a card telling her that she will be visited by a loved one.  That night some weird girl calls to their hotel room looking for a lift but Sam doesn't give her one. The next night, someone enters their hotel room and stabs Sam in the neck killing him. It turns out that Stephanie has a lesbian lover and it is the girl who called to their room. She killed Sam and now she and Stephanie head off together.

Tuesday 17th is about a killer who lives in the woods. Four pals go camping and the killer gets them one by one. One girl is left and it turns out that she was the only survivor of a killing spree by the killer years ago. She had used her friends as bait to lure the killer and kill him. It backfires on her and she ends up being the victim of the killer.

The Sick Thing that Happened to Emily When she was Younger is a strange tale of a woman called Emily(Helen Rogers)who chats online via web cam with a man . They seem to be having a romantic relationship. She thinks that she sees ghosts of children in her apartment and he tells her to close her eyes and he will lead her around and see if there is anything. She sees the children and they pounce on her. She is knocked out and the man appears to help them take out a fetus from her. Then he makes it look at is she was involved in an accident. He talks to her later on and she tells him that she visited a doctor who told her that the visions were all in her head and that she walked out in front of a car, hence her injuries. The guy moves onto his next victim.

The last story is called 10/31/98 and is about a group of guys who visit a house thinking that there is a Halloween party being held. They look around and see that there is something weird about the house. They go up to the attic and see a young woman being tortured by a group of men who think that she is evil or something like that.They are a cult and she is their sacrifice. The guys can't put up with it and they rescue her only to find out that she is evil and she moves their car onto a train tracks and here comes the train..
The movie ends with the guys in the house getting killed by an old man who was living in the house. They thought that he was dead....

I liked the first story a lot, but some of the others weren't great in my opinion. The last two were poor and I really didn't like them at all.I know that this movie has gotten good reviews and I had high hopes for this film.It started very well but it went downhill near the end and I had had enough of it. All in all, it was a good watch until the end so if you are into anthology type movies, this is for you. The hand held camera thing got to me too as there was a lot of spinning around and I had a headache at the end of it. It could have been great, but it was okay. I am giving it a 6/10.


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