Release date: 2012
V/H/S is a portmanteau film that is all based around the found footage film phenomena. Now, in general, I am not a fan of the found footage type of film, probably because it was brought to prominence by the Blair Witch Project and, quite frankly, I found it to be the most over rated piece of tosh I ever had the misfortune to watch. This, in turn, has threatened to poison me against the entire sub-genre.
Such a reaction is, of course, unfair. There are some astounding found footage films – Rec 1 and 2 for instance. Further, there are found footage films that are not as utterly underwhelming as the afore mentioned Blair Witch Project and this, I am glad to say, is one of them. Indeed I was taken by the inventiveness shown in some of the segments. Essentially the plot of the portmanteau is that a group of video-yobs (idiots who vandalise, assault and sexually harass/exploit, and video themselves doing it) go to a house to steal a video tape for a client. Having found the house’s occupant dead in a chair they view tapes (individually, as others are checking through the house) to ascertain the correct tape for stealing. Each tape has a bizarre story, ranging through supernatural, sci-fi and suspenseful.
|Hannah Fierman as Lily|
|she bit me|
|why don't you like me?|
|a date with teeth|
For the segment 5.5 out of 10 reflects a solid story and a pleasingly weird vampire, but it does what it says on the tin and no more. There are other stories within the portmanteau that are stronger.
The imdb page is here.