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V/H/S/:Reinventing the “Real-Life” Film

The film V/H/S, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, appears to be just another variation of the voyeuristic, “home-movie” sub-genre that has recently become increasingly popular.

However, its plot is not as painstakingly obvious as previous self-acclaimed “real footage” films such as Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project.

The film follows three friends played by Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes and Adam Wingard that are hired to break into a home to steal the holy grail of VHS tapes. As each of the tapes uncovered, they contain an increasingly more disturbing, gory murder clip.

If you expected the typical “run-of-the-mill” slasher death, you’ll be sorely disappointed: the clips range from a vampryic, gargoyle-esque killer that rips the throats out of her victims to a co-ed whose boyfriend is active in aiding an extraterrestrial artificial insemination of her.

One of the film’s major flaws is it relies on too heavily is gore and shock value. The film is also credited to ten different directors, which gives it a high school film project feel and makes the plot jumbled and confusing.

However, if you’re looking for a free Netflix movie to break the monotony of the 12 hours of The Office you just watched, this film may do the trick.

V/H/S is rated R and runs for approximately 1 hr. and 55 min.

Posted by on February 8, 2013. Filed under Entertainment. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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