Until recently the horror anthology was long thought dead but the popularity of the films 3 Extremes II (2002) and Three…Extremes (2004), The Theatre Bizarre (2011), and The ABCs of Death (2012), to name a few, have sparked the re-emergence of the format. V/H/S (2012) takes the best of the traditional anthology film and mixes it with the popular “found footage” film.
In the film a gang of thieves break into a house looking for a video tape that will yield them a lot of money. Upon entering the house they find a dead body and a huge assortment of various unlabelled V/H/S tapes. As they decide to look through them one by one the audience is treated to a plethora of first person stories caught on video tapes. For audience members putting the stories in first person is more suspenseful than the traditional anthology film as you become one of the participants in the story. Each story is very different from each other despite each having their own monster within.
There is an overwhelming sense of sexuality in each of the stories which does set this film apart from many others but it also gives the film a sense of unpredictability as it comes off as being far from the Studio system of horror films as of late. This unpredictability is a breath of fresh air for genre aficionados as you never know what is going to happen from one story to the next. Each story is so different in style and substance that if you don’t like one of the stories its okay as the next one will be something entirely different.
Just know that the writers and directors behind this horror concoction have delivered the goods and this is an anthology to look out for.