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October 5, 2012
Lets Talk: “V/H/S” Meanders with Few Effective Chills
— Posted by Kenny Miles
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.
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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