V/H/S (2012) – Plethora of Point of View Horror Stories Wrapped Up Into One
Well, this was interesting. VHS is a 2012 anthology of Point of View horror (you know, from the camera’s view as one of the characters). It’s one of the “shaky cam” movies that have risen since The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield (among others). While not an amazing film, it stays entertaining enough not to just be a waste of time.
The gist of the story is a group of thugs that tape themselves doing crime and then post the videos online have been hired to break into an old house and steal a VHS cassette. They are not told what tape, only that they will know it when they see it.
Upon entering the house, they find an apparently deceased old man sitting in a chair in front of a wall of TVs all hooked up to VCRs, all currently displaying static. The guys were told that the tape they were looking for would be found in the basement, so they all head down except for one of them who is instructed to stay in the room with the body. The guy left in the room decides to see what is on the tapes the old guy was watching… and it isn’t good. Each tape is a different tale of horror, be it extra terrestrial, supernatural or just plain humans being evil to humans. One common thing to all the videos: they were all self shot, point of view videos, like these hoods film. Not all of the individual stories are compelling, and the main story (the one about the guys entering the house to collect a tape) could have used some serious fleshing out, but over all the film is entertaining. This type of movie could easily be a total crapfest (and to be honest, that’s what I expected), but it was kept interesting enough for me. As I said at the beginning, this isn’t a great film, but I did find it entertaining and I have no problems suggesting at as a watch.
Check out the trailer below.