All the short films conclude with mixed results. There are some throw away stories including, “Tuesday the 17th,” when co-eds are stalked in the woods by something more similar to the Predator then Jason Vorhees. “Second Honeymoon” has two newlyweds being stocked by someone while getting to know one another. There’s a good gasp at the end. “Amateur Night,” features sleazy guys who pick up women at bars and take them to their hotels face their . “V/H/S” saves the best story for last with the Haunted House tale “10/31/98” about four friends who stumble upon a few ghoulish surprises. It was a way to end the movie with suspenseful, somewhat campy high note.
Vignettes of horror “V/H/S” has some scary jumps and moments of intensity featuring a few ghastly twists to shock the viewer. However, a found footage movie that runs almost at two hours is asking a lot from the shaky cam style. Overstaying its welcome, this drags almost to the point of being tedious. I felt like 10 minutes would’ve been removed from the movie due to lackluster pacing. We don’t need character develop here because we are suddenly introduced to them. What more can we learn from them? A movie like “V/H/S” is a horror film for fans of the genre only. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival just like the original “SAW,” this is something that wont convert many followers nor have mainstream appeal.
V/H/S Opens today in select theaters and currently available on V.O.D.