Friday, August 31, 2012

A Peek Through the Hatch: V/H/S

Robert’s Preview

Hey youse guys. We’re gonna check out the found footage anthology horror flick V/H/S tonight. If you haven’t heard anything about it, here’s the synopsis (courtesy of IMDb) and the trailer:

“When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.”

I think a found footage flick like this has the potential to avoid the repetitiveness that the horror subgenre sometimes carries with it. I don’t know about you, but sometimes an hour and thirty minutes of home video quality shots of someone running through the woods kinda gets to me. We have six different stories to enjoy here, all unique. I’m hoping this keeps the movie fresh and fun.

If you’re like me and enjoy other anthologies like Creepshow or the more recent Trick ‘r Treat, you’re quite excited for V/H/S (man I hate typingthoseforwardSLASHES!!!). Creepshow spawned a few sequels (and Trick ‘r Treat is trying to) and hopefully - if this new film is good - we’ll see some more found footage shorts throughout the years.


Nick’s Preview

When I first watched the trailer for V/H/S, I was extremely giddy and ultimately enticed.  Being a true horror fan that grew up with the likes of Creepshow 1 & 2, Body Bags, Cat’s Eye, Campfire Tales, and Twilight Zone: The Movie; I find horror anthologies to be devilishly delightful.  I smiled throughout Trick `r Treat, I dug Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes (TNT series), and I still watch Tales From The Crypt and The Twilight Zone (original b&w episodes).  Needless to say, but I will anyway, I love the horror genre.  Even though most additions to this genre are sub par at best, I still look for new entries to shock, awe, and titillate.  V/H/S has a lot to live up to regarding my expectations, but (unlike the wretched The Innkeepers) I have a good feeling that this anthology will be right up my alley.


Admittedly, I’m a fan of the “found footage” subgenre.  I like each one of the Paranormal Activity movies and will definitely be enjoying the 4th installment next month.  I was wowed with how freaky Grave Encounters was (regardless of the questionable actors & dialogue).  Catfish even kept my interest throughout and even though the good ones are few and far between, I’m constantly adding “found footage” flicks to my Netflix instant queue.  It was only a matter of time until someone thought up the idea to combine “found footage” and horror anthologies into one, creepy ass mixed bag of terror.  And “kudos” to you all in Hollywood that made this happen.

At this point in time, in the savage year of our lord, 2012, VHS tapes are generally just creepy all around.  They lack the nostalgic-ness of vinyl, the comedy of cassettes, and the pointlessness of floppy discs yet they still hang around like your grandfather’s nasty older brother at the local swimming pool.  I can’t help but to think of the plot of The Ring when I think about popping in an old VHS (The Ring is a solid entry in the horror genre, I don’t care who you are) and maybe that’s why I’m so excited for V/H/S.  Regardless, the film boasts that “each entry is more terrifying than the last” so I expect to be blown away by the end.

Here’s to the summer that now was and the frightening fall that lies ahead.  Cheers!

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