From the start, V/H/S appears to be a type of found footage movie, but as the film progressed, the twists and turns revealed themselves. I love a good horror movie, but I especially love films and shows like Tales from the Crypt or Creepshow, more of an anthology approach to horror with short vignettes to sample along the way. V/H/S delivers that with a creepy underlying story to tie it all together.
The main story of V/H/S is that there is a group of guys who are supposed to break into a house, find a valuable video tape, and steal it. Of course, there are tons of tapes and a dead guy… at least he looks dead. so, one of the guys starts watching different videos, each one detailing a story that goes from fun to morbid to downright horrifying in a matter of minutes.
Multiple tales of horror begin with a group of guys out to have a party, one wearing glasses with a camera installed. The night goes crazy when a they meet some girls and take them back to a motel where one of them turns out to be more than they can handle. Best line? “I like you.”
Several of the stories have a similar theme, group of friends in fun situations that go crazy, weird, and scary. Most of the time multiple people die, but the twists with each story are such that this is really a very cool movie in the end. I love the underlying story, as there are some really cool shots using lighting and shadows.
Directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence, V/H/S combines multiple types of horror stories together into a single movie and manages to hold my attention and make me want to watch the sequel. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of scary movies. A good one.