Anthology

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

tales-from-the-darkside-movie-posterI’m not a hundred percent sure what draws me to horror anthologies. But I have a couple of guesses, one that if I get bored I can suffer out till the end of the segment, two I that I get more variety, or three that they’re just awesome. Though all are not made equal. Luckily Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is one of the good ones. Heck I might be tempted to call it one of the great ones. Though is would be due to my deep and endearing love for Debbie Harry and Steve Buscemi.

Tales from the Darkside: The movie opens with its wrap-around story, Betty (Debbie Harry) arrives home from grocery shopping to prepare for a dinner party. After finalizing plans with some of her guests she opens the pantry where she has a local boy, Timmy (Matthew Lawrence). In order to stave off her plans to flay and cook him, Timmy reads her a selection of stories from her favorite book.

The first story is Lot 249, Andy (Christian Slater) and his friend Lee (Robert Sedgwick), two spoiled rich kids discuss how Lee won a scholarship by cheating by having Andy’s sister Susan (Julian Moore) write it for him. Thus cheating fellow student Bellingham (Steve Buscemi) out of it. Bellingham being poor than them and working to pay his way through college. Susan and Lee have also framed Bellingham of theft at his job at a local museum to make winning the scholarship easier. Bellingham confronts them in the hall alluding to his knowledge of their miss-dealings, but invites them in to view his newest acquisition Lot 249. A mummy complete with its sarcophagus. Lee leaves disgusted by the mummy while Andy stays. Bellingham unwraps the mummy and even explores its body cavity where he finds an ancient scroll. One that he uses to make the mummy rise and sets it upon those who has wronged him.

The second story that Timmy tells to avoid the oven is Cat from Hell, which is directed by George A. Romero based on a work by Stephen King. Drogan (William Hickey), an elderly pharmaceutical mogul hires hit man Halston (David Johansen) to kill a cat. The cat in question has according to Drogan killed his friend, his sister and his butler/man servant.  As the cat has been sent to get revenge for the five thousand cats killed by Drogan’s company through testing is pharmaceuticals. Halston accepts the easy sounding job, but the cat might be exactly what Drogan fears.

The last story that Timmy tells is Lovers Vow. Preston (James Remar) is a struggling artist. One night he’s called to by his agent for a meeting where the agent lets him go. Preston drowns his sorrows and is escorted out at when the bar closes. He then witnesses a monster kill the bartender brutally. The creature then makes Preston a deal that it would spare his life, but he could never speak of the events of the night or describe the creatures appearance to anyone for as long as he lived. Preston agrees and is let go. On his way back home he comes across a young woman, Carola (Rae Dawn Chong). He takes her to his apartment out of fear she might be attacked by the creature. Prestons life quickly changes after meeting Carola. His art starts selling, they fall in love and get married. Even having two children over the next ten years. Though the memories of that night always haunt him. One night he breaks down, telling Carola the truth of the night they met, breaking his vow to the monster.

All the stories, including the wrap around are really good. My favorite stories were Lot 249 and Lovers Vow respectively. Cat from Hell being the weakest in terms of story for me. The wrap around story had me hooked as well, right until Timmy broke the fourth wall at the end of the film.

The acting is solid and enjoyable straight through. Which isn’t in the least surprising given all the great actors that make and appearance in this film. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie might just be the most star studded horror anthology I’ve seen. With names like Debbie Harry, James Remar, William Hickey, Christian Slater, Julian Moore and Steve Buscemi I’m surprised that I haven’t seen this film before.

Final thoughts, I loved this film. Though it isn’t going to dethrone my current and reigning favorite anthology Trick r’ Treat, Tale from the Darkside makes a strong attempt. The acting is fun, the stories are memorable and I would suggest this film to horror fans. 9/10

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V/H/S Viral

vhsviral_poster_web-1V/H/S Viral is the final installment of the V/H/S series. Which is sad given how much the series has downgraded over time. The first V/H/S was great, the second was alright, but this one was either of those things. Horror anthologies are hard to get right. Here we see a lot of the problems I have with the idea along with some of the issues I have with found footage films rearing up as well. Not that Viral is completely without merit, I found myself enjoying one of the entries, but just the one. My main issue is the story that intertwines the film felt out-of-place and would have worked better as its own solid entry.

Viral opens with the wrap-around story Vicious Circles. Kevin (Patrick Lawrie) and Iris (Celia K. Milius) are a young couple in love. Kevin loves filming Iris, something that she seems to enjoy as well. One night a high-speed pursuit goes past their home and Kevin runs out to film it, hoping that the footage would go viral. While waiting for the chase to loop back around as the chase is going in literal circles, Iris gets a message are her phone that places her into a trance, during which she walks into the road. During the pass she’s abducted and Kevin chases after her, first on foot than later on a bicycle. The point between segments focus on small portions of the chase, gang members killing one another after receiving the same message which ends in an explosion. A woman trying to take a revenge on a man who posted a revenge porn video of her. Until Kevin is finally able to reach the vehicle containing Iris after is successfully evades police.

The first story Dante The Great, is about Dante (Justin Welborn) an elite illusionist and magician. His current assistant Scarlet (Emmy Argo) goes to the police after finding videos implicating the Dante has been killing is assistants, and Scarlet’s ex-boyfriend. The police go to arrest Dante after reviewing the evidence, only for Dante to start killing with magic. Magic bestowed by his cloak, one that one was once owned by Harry Houdini. Dante pulls Scarlet from the police station via magic to the stage of the theater where he performs. Scarlet manages to get her hand on the cape, while Dante holds the other end. Resulting in a magic battle.

The Second story Parallel Monsters, inventor Alfonso (Gustavo Salmeron) powers up his greatest invention. One that bridges two parallel universes. On the other side is another Alfonso. The two have a quick interaction before deciding to swap universes for fifteen minutes…

The final story Bonestorm, two skateboarders Danny (Nick Blanco) and Jason (Chase Newton) keep getting pushed into increasingly dangerous stunts by their videographer Taylor (Shane Brady).  Taylor talks Danny and Jason into going Tijuana, one they recruit Gas Money Kid (Peter Villalba). After buying fireworks the group gets lost eventually finding a place to shoot their skateboarding video. Unfortunately the site is covered with religious markings and the worshipers show up mysteriously after one of the skateboarders bleeds on the symbols. The worshipers attack them, forcing them to fight back for their lives.

My main issue is most of the stories, Dante the Great and Parallel Monsters feel far too polished to be found footage. This gripe is mostly reserved for Dante the Great and the magic fight at the end of the segment. It feels like a normal film and nothing like found footage. I have the same issue with Parallel Monsters. It looks too nice.

The stories themselves feel lacking. I liked Dante the Great, other than my previous mentioned gripe, and feel it was the strongest entry. Emmy Argo delivers the best performance in the whole film here. I find her incredibly sympathetic and she plays of the megalomania of Justin Welborn’s Dante amazingly.

Final thoughts, I wish I had more to say, but I just found this entry in the V/H/S series to be incredibly underwhelming. The series decline is a real shame as the first entry really showed what could be done with found footage anthologies and the second film experimented with the ideas but were off the mark on delivery. Viral on the other hand felt like a lazy finish at best. 5/10

Creepshow

d2b73d5552f2155417cd5bd7a97426d3Honestly, though it’s written by Stephen King, Creepshow is not a contender for my favorite horror anthology film. In fact, I see this film as below both King and Romero’s ability. I only enjoyed less than half of the stories and with the others being fair or simply boring. Which is sad, because I remember this film being far better than it is. It wasn’t until I re-watched this film did I realize I had seen it, but it had been so long that it had mostly been buried under other more recent films. The realization clicked during the second story, The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. As I had remembered this short, but I could never place where I had seen it. It makes sense to me that I would remember that one, as it stars King and in my opinion, it is far and away the best of the bunch.

Creepshow opens with an overbearing father Stan (Tom Atkins), coming down on his son Billy (Joe Hill) for reading horror comics. The argument over the choice of reading material brushes into abuse when Stan hits his son, who refuses to throw out the comic. Needless to say the comic gets thrown out. The Creep, the creature host of the comic appears before Billy’s window that night…

The first story is Fathers Day, which focuses on a rich family gathering on father’s day in memory of Nathan Grantham (Jon Lormer). The families former head, who had amassed a great fortune through murder, and various other dark dealings and had met his early end at the hands of his daughter Bedelia (Viveca Lindfors). As the rest the family celebrates, as none of them liked Nathan as he was a cruel man, Bedelia visits his grave. Where she gets drunk and spills some whiskey on his tombstone, which resurrects Nathan.Who rises and exacts his revenge on his money hungry family.

The next story is The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill. Jordy Verrill (Stephen King), a slow, poor farmer finds a crashed meteor outside his home. He envisions selling the meteor to the local collage for enough to pay off his two-hundred dollar bank loan. When he grabs the meteor, it of course burns his fingers. So in an effort to cool it, Jordy splashes it with a bucket of water. Which causes it to split in half and a strange fluid pours out. While distraught over the breaking of meteor as he now thinks that it has ruined its worth, gathers the halves to still see what he can get and while doing so gets the fluid on his burned fingers. Later that Night while watching the television and sucking on his burned fingers, Jordy notices that they’ve started to grow a strange fungus. Which has spread to his tongue. In fact, his property is slowly become overgrown with the alien vegetation. As the vegetation spreads over Jordy’s body, an itching intensifies. Until he can no longer resist a bath, even after being warned by his dead father’s ghost that the plant thirsts for water…

The following story is Something to Tide you over, in which jealous husband Richard Vickers (Leslie Nielsen), confronts Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson), who’s been having an affair with his wife Becky (Gaylen Ross). Richard coerces Harry to accompany him to his beach house, where he buries Harry up to his neck in sand under threats if he doesn’t comply that he’ll never see Becky again. After being buried Richards true plan is revealed as he has also buried Becky and with the tide coming in he tells them to stay calm and hold their breath. Harry vows revenge as Richard leaves and he’s forced to watch Becky drown on a live TV feed. The next morning Richard finds both bodies gone and assumes the tide has washed them out to sea…

This is followed by The Crate, in which a custodian at a college, Mike (Don Keffer) comes across an old crate long forgotten under some stairs. He alerts Professor Dexter Stanley (Fritz Weaver) of the find and the two decided to open the crate. Inside is a monstrous yeti like creature that attacks, kills and consumes Professor Stanley. Leaving behind  only Stanley’s boots. Mike flees the room and telling the first student he comes across, Charlie Gereson (Robert Harper). Who gets just as eaten as poor Professor Stanley. After this death Mike goes to his friend Professor Henry Northup (Hal Holbrook). While at first hesitant, Northup soon see’s the creature as a way to get rid of his drunk wife Wilma (Adrienne Barbeau)…

The final story is They’re Creeping Up On You, is about Upson Pratt (E.G. Marshall) a ruthless and mean-spirited business man, who rules over those in his employ. He also happens to be a germophobe and lives in a sterile white apartment to remain safe. With a distinct distaste from insects and cockroaches in particular. Pratt is forced to face his fears as the city is consumed by a blackout and the roaches come out in force…

There’s quite a few things that I really loved about this film. Stephen Kings performance being the highest point, followed by Tom Savini’s tiny cameo. Other things I loved was Leslie Nielsen and Ted Danson’s chemistry in Something to Tide You Over is truly memorable.

But beyond that, which is basically eighty percent of the film, is lackluster. I know I’m in a minority here, but beyond what I just stated, King and Romero feel like they only put in a token effort. Though I know that’s not true, I just expect so much more out of their pairing.

Final thoughts, I didn’t much care for this film. The parts I like I loved. But those are by far the minority with the rest ranging from uninteresting to boring. I can understand how this film is a loved classic, even if I can’t jump on this particular bandwagon. 4/10

Extraordinary Tales

ExtraordinaryTalesDVD-FIt’s been a while since I’ve reviewed an anthology film, so I decided to correct that with Extraordinary Tales. Extraordinary Tales is an animated anthology film telling five separate stories by Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, The Pit and the Pendulum, and finally The Masque of the Red Death. All done with beautiful animation and some great narration, well for the four that have narration.

The five stories are bound together, though a story not of Poe’s creation. Death (Cornelia Funke) questions, probes and mild chastises a Raven (Stephen Hughes). The Raven being Poe’s spirit still fighting to linger in the world of leaving. So Death and the Raven tell Poe’s stories back and forth, while discussing Poe’s fascination with Death. Something she finds flattering…. I think.

The first story The Fall of the House of Usher is Narrated by the great horror Icon Christopher Lee, who knocks out a wonderful performance. I liked the blocky, cell-shaded art style as I feel that it pairs wonderfully with Lee haunting narration.

The second story The Tell-Tale Heart’s narrated by another horror icon, Bela Lugosi. With his narration pulled from a radio broadcast archive. I really like that they didn’t clean up the audio much, if at all for this story. Leaving the clicks and static from the original recording in tact as it added a good deal more gloom to the story. This story takes on a black and white approach that I can only compare to Sin City.

The next tale The Facts in the Case of M. Valdmare narrated by Julian Sands. Perhaps my favorite of the three if for no other reason than the subject mater. Though it did bother me some that one of the characters’s modeled after Vincent Price, so I kept expecting to hear his voice instead of Julian Sands.

Following that is The Pit and the Pendulum narrated by Guillermo del Toro and is perhaps my least liked of the stories. This is mainly due to del Toro being hard to understand at times and that his narration comes off incredibly monotone. Which unfortunately clashes a bit with the art style, which is sadly also the weakest of the entries.

The final story The Masque of the Red Death isn’t narrated at all. Which makes sense given that most of it describes the gloom, where here in the visual medium it shows you. This tale contains the best art style and does a decent job telling the story with little dialog. In fact, I think there is a single spoken line.

As a casual fan of Edgar Allen Poe I really liked this film. I’m sure serious or hardcore fans of his work would find something to complain about. Because I found a few things to complain about. With the most grievous of which being that Poe’s spirit is Crow rather than that of a Raven. Which I feel would have been far more fitting.

Another being if this takes place after Poe’s death, I would have liked to hear reference to his last words “Lord, help my poor soul”. But I can understand why this would have been left out as many of the other strangeness surrounding Poe’s death.

Final thoughts, I liked it. A lot. Love it? Maybe, the jury is still out on that one. As with all anthology films, some entries are stronger than others. The Facts in the Case of M. Valdmare and The Fall of the House of Usher being my personal favorites, while The Pit and the Pendulum and the overarching story being the weakest. Extraordinary Tales does an overall good job at keeping Poe’s essence while shifting mediums. Extraordinary Tales is entertainingly fun to watch and worth the effort if your a casual fan or have never been exposed to Poe’s work before. 8.5/10

H.P. Lovecraft’s: Necromonicon

NecronomiconNormally I love anthology films, so given that I’ve enjoyed all the films based on H.P. Lovecraft’s works so far I figured this one would be a blast. But it wasn’t, for a number of reasons. But mainly it just couldn’t manage to hold my interest. The stories just felt too drawn out, which is strange since they’re loosely based on some of Lovecraft’s novellas and short stories. Well except for the wrap around story that end caps the film, Jeffery Combs as H.P. Lovecraft did a great job and I found myself a couple of time looking forward to the end of segments in favor of Combs sections. I feel the filmmakers should have either trimmed down the stories they went with an added a fourth or simply spent more time polishing the scripts for the three shorts. Which when put side by side, some (The wrap around and The Cold) are markedly better than the other parts, most notably The Drowned which felt the weakest of the stories to me.

Necronomicon is broken in four separate stories, the first story “The Library” serves as a wrap around for the rest of the film, tying the stories together in a more cohesive whole. In this story H.P. Lovecraft (Jeffery Combs) learns of a copy of the Necronomicon existing within the sealed vaults a monastery that he frequents, doing research for his stories from their old texts. Under the pretense of looking for another volume, Lovecraft steals a key from the head monk and sneaks down the vault to acquire the Necronomicon. Once inside the vault the door closes behind him, causing him to become startled and drop the key. Which falls through the floor into the water underneath, also unlocking a seal behind where the book is stored. He then reads the Necronomicon, which knows of events that come have yet to pass, as for the book they already have. The monks find out about the stolen key and of Lovecraft’s intentions and rush to the vaults…

The first of the story’s read by Lovecraft is “The Drowned” features a story within a story, which gets a bit annoying given that this already one. Edward De LaPoer (Bruce Payne) inherits a hotel from his now deceased Uncle Jethro De LaPoer (Richard Lynch). He also receives a letter which tells his uncle’s story. That how after the death of his wife and child, he renounced god and stated that no god that takes from him is welcome in his home. That night a strange fisherman arrives and gives him a copy of Necromonicon. Jethro wastes no time in using its secrets to bring back his dead wife and son. Who return as inhuman monsters with glowing green eyes and tentacles in their mouths. Jethro ends up taking his own life casting himself from a window. Edward using clues left in his uncle’s letter finds the copy of Necromonicon and uses it to return his own wife, who had died years before in a car accident that Edward was responsible for. When she returns Edward is disgusted and pushes her away, which leads to Edward confronting both his returned wife and the monster that dwells below…

The second story “The Cold” is again a story within a story. Reporter Dale Porkel (Dennis Christopher) is looking into a string of serial murders in Boston that have stretched over the last seventy years. His investigations bring him to the home of Emily (Bess Meyer) and finds her home to be incredibly cold. She claims she has a rare disease that forces her to keep her house almost unbearably cold. Living with Emily is her mother. Emily tells the story of her conception, that her mother moved into the hotel that Emily now lives and fell in love with a mad doctor, Madden (David Warner). Who in turn falls for her. She learns that Doctor is actually very old and has been maintaining his youth with secrets learned through the Necromonicon. Things took a turn for the worst when Emily who is now pregnant with the Doctor’s child tries to stop him from killing a man to harvest the spinal fluid he needs to retain his youth..

The final of the stories is “Whispers”, two police officers Sarah (Signy Coleman) and Paul (Obba Babatunde) are in pursuit of a suspect only known as “The Butcher” while arguing over their relationship and Sarah’s pregnancy. The car crashes, causing it to flip and Paul to be ejected from the vehicle. She witness him being dragged away before following, in an attempt to save him. She follows the blood trail to an old warehouse and witness Paul being brought down the service elevator. She falls through floor, but survives mostly unharmed. She then runs into a strange man in glasses Mr. Benedict (Don Calfa), who claims to own the building and that “The Butcher” is a tenant. Mr. Benedict along with his wife Mrs. Benedict (Judith Drake) to take her down to where he lives. Down beneath the warehouse to a buried temple, old and full of imagery of human sacrifice….

My main complaint is the story within a story being widely overused in this film. I feel that this in large part is why this film had a hard time holding my interest. Characters being swapped constantly and jumping around in narrative made it less than enjoyable to follow.

That said, as far as the technical side of things go. This film did a great job. The visuals and effects feel strong throughout the film and really make them feel more of a combined whole rather than just desperate parts. The gore scenes, with “Whispers” standing out above the others, being pretty good. Much more so than I was expecting in fact.

The acting as to be expected ranges greatly. Even within each individual story. David Warner, for example does an amazing job, being both monstrous and sympathetic. While Bess Meyer came off as just annoying to me.

Final thoughts, at best it’s OK. There are better horror anthologies out there without question. But if you enjoy the format and you happen to be a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, than this film is something you should most certainly check out. Otherwise I would recommend you just give it a pass. 5/10

V/H/S/2

vhs_two_xlgV/H/S/2 is a 2013 Horror/Thriller anthology film and is the second installment in the V/H/S franchise. As a big fan of franchises, especially when within the sphere of the horror genre, I was very excited to finally get around to seeing this movie. The first film, while I found it ran a bit long and had some other minor issues, the overall product was very enjoyable and an effective horror film. This sadly doesn’t carry over into this installment as well as I had hoped. Once again the film is told in a number of segments with each story being the contents of an in film VHS tape.

The “main” story that ties the films together…ish is Tape 49 and follows a pair of private detectives, who are hired to find their clients missing son. Upon searching his home the pair finds a VCR hooked to a multitude of TVs, but the home is seemingly empty. But with each viewed tape things reveal to be more than what they seem.

The first of the segments, Clinical Trials is about a man who gets an eye implant that records what he see’s. But due to the new implant he can now see the spirits of the dead. After hiding in his bathroom the first night, he passes out in his living room the following morning from exhaustion and wakes up that evening. At his door, he finds a woman he had seen the day before as he left the doctor’s office, as it turns out she has an ear implant causing her to hear the dead. She aids him in his endeavors to survive the night so he can get his implant removed the following day.

Next A Ride In The Park, follows a young cyclist who’s out for a morning ride with GoPro. He quickly encounters a woman in need covered in blood. She wounded and is being followed by a pair of lumbering men. He hurries to help be the woman starts to vomit up blood, then attacks him severely wounding him. He races through the woods eventually collapsing and dying of blood loss. He then arises as a zombie and beings to attack others, creating more and more zombies.

The following story Safe Haven is about a group of reporters who gain access to a cult leader and his compound. They arrive on his day of reckoning and are caught up in the mass suicide. The pregnant female member of the crew is captured and brought to the birthing chamber. The last other surviving crewman tries to rescue her, but it’s to late the ritual is completed and she gives birth to a demon, chaos ensues.

The last of the stories is Slumber Party Alien Abduction… the title tells you everything that you need to know.

So the overall quality has been improved over the original, but I found the majority of the stories much less entertaining. With only one of the stories actually frightened me, the others were mostly far too slow-paced. Out of the five tales, only two lived up to the ones from the original.

My favorite segment is Clinical Trials, the mood and pacing made for a very effective ghost story. Also the characters were believable and even relatable. While the special effects are nothing to get excited about, this story didn’t need them. My only gripe with it how it ends since you don’t see what’s coming after them, which wouldn’t be an issue except its been stated the protagonist can see ghosts. So why is this one special? It just breaks to many of its own rules in the name of a quick ending. So while in my opinion, this was the best of the segments it would have done better on its own.

The second place winner was A Ride In The Park as I love zombie films, simply love them. So it should come as little surprise for those that follow this blog this is among my favorites. Most zombie films start with shit already hitting the fan, so I really enjoyed the shift to seeing it early on and build. It was also incredibly enjoyable to see it all unfolding from the zombies perspective.

But as for the other ones, I’m not to crazy for them. They were enjoyable, but don’t work as well the first two. This made the film start to drag for me after about the half way point. My least favorite part was Safe Haven, the segment felt dull, boring and very poorly paced. It had a good atmosphere, but the over the top acting from the cult leader made me laugh rather feel concerned. Paired with the cheating subplot, the characters became very unlikable so when the inevitable befell them I didn’t care.

Finial thoughts? Well it was inventive and outside the norms as much as it predecessor if not more so. So it gets credit for that, each story had a solid atmosphere and tackled different genres just as the first did. So V/H/S/2 does a great job staying true to the feel and spirit of its predecessor, which is something that needs to be done more often with sequels. So I would definitely recommend this to fans of the original as well anthology fans, so V/H/S/2 while not on the same plane as the original it’s still good in its own right. Earning it a 7/10.

V/H/S

vhs_xlgV/H/S is an American Horror Anthology, that takes its basis from the found footage genre. With five unconnected stories strung together by another for a total of six stories. Each story is written and directed by different people with the exception of the last entry 10/31/98 as it was written and directed by the quartet of filmmakers Radio Silence. I’ll be honest in that I’m not a very big fan of Horror anthologies, with few notable exceptions this being one of them. But conversely I’m a fan of found footage films, dating all the way back to Blair Witch Project. So I went into V/H/S with mixed expectations and came out pleasantly surprised.

The plot of the films stories are very simple and linear because it’s an anthology film. The first story that breaks up and help weave the other stories together is Tape 56 where a group of men are hired to break into a home to steal a rare VHS tape for a third-party. They find a room that has a dead man sitting in front of a TV with stacks of VHS tapes, so the group starts to watch the tapes in an attempt to find the tape they need to steal. Each tale to follow is one of the tapes that they are watching.

The first tape, Amateur Night is about a group of young men out on the town with a pair of glasses with a hidden camera in them. They look for women to take back to their hotel to shoot an amateur porn without the knowledge of women. But one of the girls they pick up is more than she originally seems.

The next tape is Second Honeymoon where a guy and his wife are on a vacation. But a strange woman makes it a vacation that they won’t ever forget.

After that is Tuesday the 17th, where a group of young adults go on a camping trip into the woods, recording the experience via hand-cam. One of the characters Wendy leads the group with an ulterior motive. She and a group of her friends were attacked here the year prior and she’s the only survivor and plans to use the others as bait to get her revenge.

Following that is A Sick Thing Happened to Wendy When She Was Younger. A young woman and her boyfriend video chat and she tells him she thinks her apartment is haunted by the ghost of children, but according to her landlord no children never lived there. Over the course of the their conversations she become increasing agitated. Leading to her boyfriend making a horrifying revelation.

And lastly is 10/31/98, on Halloween a group of guys, one of whom is dressed as a teddy bear complete with a nanny cam are trying to find a party. They end up at the wrong house and come upon a group of men preparing to sacrifice a girl. The men free her and escape the house, only to learn she might not be what she appears.

Now first I have to say I agree with some critics where this film feels it runs a bit long and could have really benefited with one of the stories being cut and placed into the DVD extras. The only story that don’t enjoy on repeated viewing of this film is the Second Honeymoon. While good it feels weak compared to the others and while the others have to do with the supernatural mostly this one is incredibly mundane, making it stick out to me.

The films strongest story for me is most defiantly Tuesday the 17th, as I’m a huge fan of the slasher genre. It’s able to maintain the essence of the slasher while compressing itself down for time. I think part at least of why I enjoy is how familiar it feels, while at the same it never feels old or tired. The next most notable is Amateur Night, as the pacing and reveal work incredibly with my third favorite being 10/31/98.

My main issue with this film is what should be a small one and that’s none of these really feel like they should be on a VHS tape. With some of them being filmed in different mediums, so I can’t see why someone would put them onto a VHS tape to begin with. I don’t know why this bugs me so much, but it does to the point where I find myself thinking about that over paying attention to the film. While this wasn’t something that occurred to me until later viewings, it’s glaring now that it’s been noticed.

So final thoughts? Overall, I really like this film and readily recommend it to fan of anthologies or found footage films. I find that many times found footage films can come off as lazy, poorly made or not very thought out. While this one does suffer from all these for brief periods of time, the enjoyability far out weighs the cons. So V/H/S is given more than a pass, But a strong recommendation even if it’s still lacking at points, 7/10.