V/H/S Movie Review

Simon Rother

Found footage films: you love them, or you hate them, pretty much either or. Personally, I love them… and this movie as well. “V/H/S/” is a found footage flick, yet it is quite different than the usual ones that you would watch. It is a horror anthology while having its own major story within itself.

It made its Quebec premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

A gang of scoundrels are hired to steal a very rare VHS tape in an old man’s home. They film their crime while breaking and entering and split up throughout the house to find the specific tape. One of the men falls upon the motionless body of the house’s owner, sitting in front of 4 or 5 televisions, static filling the screens. The man appears to be dead, and the thief decides to watch some of the tapes that the elderly man was watching before he died.

Five different tapes are watched, where we discover the following (all filmed in “found footage” style): some guys pick up some girls from a club, hoping to get lucky, but get more than what they bargained for; a couple travelling cross-country have bizarre occurrences in their motel room; some teens looking to party in the woods fall upon a strange serial killer; a girl seems to have creepy child-like spirits in her apartment while having online conversations with a guy; and a gang of guys go to the wrong house for a Halloween party… Seriously, it’s the wrong house.

What I absolutely loved about “V/H/S/” is that you have many different aspects of horror movies jammed into one movie: vampiric creatures, spirits, serial killers… And all this, in addition to the main storyline, circling around the guys trying to steal the VHS tape. I don’t easily get scared, but the more this movie went on, the more creeped out I was, as the little stories got creepier and creepier. Sudden scares and bizarre spirits keep you on edge and make you hope that there are always more creepy videos about to be discovered. What’s great about these short videos (brought together by numerous directors) is that since they wanted to compile many videos within the movie, in addition to the main storyline, the videos do not take too long before getting to the point, so you get to watch numerous little movies within one.

At its first screening ever, the world premiere at the Sundance Festival, two people actually fainted during the screening of this movie. Nobody did during Fantasia’s screening (as Fantasia has die-hard fans screening every one of its movies), yet I looked around during the presentation of the movie, and even some of the macho-looking spectators looked terrified.

I don’t like to hype a movie too much, as people often get too excited for a movie, making them create unbelievable expectations, and then being disappointed. However, all I want to say is that this movie is superbly creepy, and I can’t wait to buy it on DVD or Blu-Ray.

“V/H/S/” is the best movie I’ve seen at the 2012 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival so far, and if you enjoy found footage films, you will definitely enjoy this. That is why I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.

4.5 / 5 stars     


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      1. Justin Idol July 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        I CAN’T WAIT to see this movie!  It seems like i’ve been following it for so long.

      2. Optimus_past_my_Prime July 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm

        It seems like I’ve been waiting forever to see this!!!

      3. Katie Lilies Lake August 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        really cant wait for this movie 😛 xxx

      4. Will Warren August 7, 2012 at 11:22 pm

        it was a great movie!

      5. Arthur LeFebvre August 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        It was alien children not ghosts says so in the credits afterwords why are so many reviewers saying ghosts?  

      6. Ben Kenyon August 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm


      7. Zachary Denton August 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

        I’m hoping they’ll release this on VHS tapes as well, as a sort of special edition thing or something 😉

      8. Jimi LaMort September 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

        Why are u hyping this unpolished turd? Total let down for me.

        • Jeff Carson October 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

          Totally agree!!!! I must be jaded. I’ve seen sooo many GOOD horror films this was horrible. Trailers are so misleading. I guess that’s what theyre intended for though to suck you into the theater.

        • awesomethriller December 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

          I totally agree with you dude!!!

      9. Simon Rother September 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

        Jimi LaMort: we are all entitled to our opinion. I, for my part, will definitely be going back to theatres once it is released next week to show it to my girlfriend.

      10. Jeff Carson October 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

        I watched this last night on HDNet Movies. OMG! This sucked!! Stories were lame, acting dreadful. The only thing going for it some of the special effects were pretty good. I’m really getting tired of these found footage films! Some of the stories would have been more scary had there not been the grainy, shaking all over the place, hand held camera filmmaking. Major disappointment!!!! Please don’t come out with a sequel D/V/D!!!!

      11. awesomethriller December 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        Not as great as you expect it to be! Check out my review of it : http://www.awesomethrillers.com/2012/12/VHS-2012-Horror-Movie-Review.html

      12. Horror chick 69 September 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        I watched this and then a movie called Gorno? Then I killed myself . Fuck both of these films