Friday, February 1, 2013

Freaky Friday: V/H/S

It's Freaky Friday and our special guest blogger, paranormal author, Danielle DeVor is back! You may remember Danielle from her awesome review of The Possession last September, and if you're a new reader, well, you're in for a treat. She's got a keen eye for the horror genre and today's review is top-notch. So, without further adieu, take it away, Danielle...
Sometimes, strange movies become popular despite the level of violence and gore, and V/H/S is certainly a good example. Shot and visualized in the anthology concept of filmmaking that was particularly popular during the 1970’s with films like Tales that Witness Madness (1973) and Tales from the Crypt (1972), V/H/S is a series of stories within stories all containing some sort of linking device. In this case, the link is the fact that all the stories are shot on old VHS tape and deal with murder, mayhem, and exploitation.
V/H/S Movie Poster

The stories are as follows:

Tape 56: A group of sexual deviants break into a house with the promise that they will reap extensive rewards if they can locate a specific videotape. This story is cut back and forth between the other stories. Not really all that interesting, in my opinion. This section is more about the horrific treatment of women than anything else. [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] I guess fate get’s it’s revenge by having the men eating by a creature and a zombie, but how one member of the group never hears any screams when his friend’s head get’s ripped off just because he watches a video is stupidly non-realistic.
VHS Tape
Sadly, the younger generation will have no clue what this is.

Amateur Night: A group of young men who enjoy creating amateur porn with their hidden web cam pick up a woman at a bar and end up with a big bloody surprise. This is one section of the film that I think saves it. [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] Not many films show vampires with wings, and this one is done a little uniquely by linking vampires with succubi.

Second Honeymoon: A man and his wife take a vacation with death, well sort of. That, and you add a lesbian killer. A hot mess more like. This section just is boring, for the most part. [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] In fact, the best part is when the wife’s lesbian lover kills the husband by stabbing him in the neck. You are happy he’s dead, he’s so annoying.

Tuesday the 17th: A girl and a group of friends go to the woods and meet their end with a killer from another dimension. This section would have worked, I think, if the main girl in this section could act. Her delivery closely resembled an adult from a Peanuts cartoon. No spoilers for this part, only because it just isn’t worth it.
Beware Tuesday the 17th. Wait... Tuesday the 17th???

The Sick Thing that Happened To Emily When She was Younger: This section is a funky little piece with a girl talking to her boyfriend online via webcams. She thinks her apartment is haunted, but things are so much worse. Actually, the worst part is having to watch it. [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] I could do without the stupidity of a girl digging around in her arm with an exacto knife because she feels a bump- come on. Then her boyfriend is actually helping aliens harvest babies inside her and the bump is a tracking device. Puleezze.

10/31/98: A group of friends plan to go to a Halloween party, but they get a different type of party when they arrive at the wrong house. The second section of this thing that I think makes it worth watching. If you could just have a cut of Amateur Night and 10/31/98, then you’d have a decent horror film. This section was decidedly creepy, and actually gave me a bit of a chill. [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] Those who know me know that I have a penchant for exorcism films, books, etc. And, this section dealing with a group of boys who break up an important exorcism makes for squeal happiness for me. The effects are creepy as hell, and it is a shame that this section is as short as it is.
What was that address again? 1 Creepy House Hill Street?
This leads me to a dilemma. While there is a lot of the film not to like, and if I could just focus on the sections I did like, then I’d give this movie a hell of a rating. But, unfortunately, we are saddled with roughly an hour and twenty minutes that can be skipped over. So, I would say watch this film. Fully expect for the great majority of it to suck. But, keep an open mind and look for the gems.

Rating: C

Big THANK YOU to Danielle for that review. Do you think you'll stick out V/H/S for the creepy sections? How do you feel about vignette-style horror flicks?


  1. Oh my goodness I love the way you teased us with the Spoiler Alerts :-D

  2. My brain works in mysterious ways, but I can't take the credit away from Tina- she has the format. :)

  3. Thanks, Danielle! Totally entertaining post. :D

  4. Danielle, you rock! I cannot thank you enough for your review! And you're welcome on the blog anytime.