http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00944CJRK/ref=pdp_new_dp_review

(posted on amazon.com 09-11-2012)

Several guys who are into making videos of various acts of mischief such as vandalism, among other things, become aware of a job opportunity from one of their fellow criminal friends in their own small circle. The friend tells them he knows how to make some real money quick instead of what they have been doing. The job sounds simple and straightforward enough at first; they have to steal a single VHS videotape. The job is at a remotely located home where an elderly man lives. After arriving at the home, they discover they may not have been told everything about the job.

Nonetheless, the group goes about looking for the specific tape though no exact instructions are ever given as to what tape they’re supposed to be taking. They start to then watch some of the various tapes they find located in the house. The first tape is what seems to contain the most shocking footage. However while the following tapes seem to at first glance appear more horrific than the first tape, they are for some reason a lot more toned down than the first tape.

There are some short scenes of dialog while the group is looking for the correct tape and just checking out the house – for some reason the basement in particular. Finally after either finding the tape or deciding to just take them all (neither of which is made absolutely clear) the group runs into an unforeseen and untimely problem.

I liked the movie quite a bit, mainly because of the first short movie or so called videotape if you will….I saw a snippet of it in the trailer and I was satisfied with that scene. I felt the first segment could have and should have even been expanded into its own movie, though I cannot say the same for the rest of the scenes. While the movie as a whole was OK, it was far from great. Poor camera work and lighting, not to mention the constant shaking of the camera as if they were mixing a bottle of Kool Aid while holding the camera. Some people would say that is the filming style used in certain movies, I would say that is the style of people making a movie that either do not care or don’t know what they are doing.

The constant shaking almost made me nauseous at times, which is more than I can say for any of the content in the movie itself.

While I was not very impressed with the videos following the first one, of which there are 5 not counting the so called main story, they did have some promising elements but fell short when it mattered most. The one where the friends go to the lake had a lot of promise then let you down at the end with no rhyme or reason.
The core plot, if you can call it that – I would not – showed some promise though it was abandoned in favor of a totally fragmented collection of videos. I understand this is a found footage movie, although I would have appreciated knowing who actually found the said footage.

I know after having seen a lot of horror movies over the years, some of them are ended in an unexplained manner intentionally. The filmmakers think it leaves you wondering when it only leaves you frustrated as with this movie for example.

On that front this movie does indeed deliver!

As for the warning “WARNING: SHOCKING FOOTAGE KNOWN TO TRIGGER EXTREME REACTIONS/LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN SOME VIEWERS” – what a joke! The footage is graphic, but not shocking and not disturbing. So I decided to title my review “WARNING: SHOCKING FOOTAGE KNOWN TO TRIGGER EXTREME QUESTIONS/LOSS OF INTEREST IN SOME VIEWERS”.

You have your obligatory nude and general TNA scenes in this film as with any horror movie. There is nothing exciting or spectacular which makes V/H/S special in the sexual content department.

The movie as a whole is decent, but not a shocking or exciting spectacle as you would think from seeing the trailer or reading the warning. I was excited to see the movie, and it was cool to watch it – but once was enough for now.

However, I would be interested in the Bluray if additional footage is added to fill in the voids and gaps in the movie. The movie as is, is just missing too may pieces to really gel well, but for what it is … its decent.

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