V/H/S (18)

Directors: Ti West, Adam Wingard, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid, David Bruckner | USA | 2012 | 116 mins

A crew of misfits is hired by an unknown third-party to break into an old house to retrieve a specific VHS tape, but this seemingly simple task gets complicated when they discover a corpse in front of a bank of monitors and a mountain of tapes to sift through. As the group check the tapes to identify the right one, a series of stories unfold… In ‘Amateur Night’ a nightclub pick-up goes horribly awry for a group of sleazy friends, while in ‘Second Honeymoon’ a married couple are stalked by a mysterious figure whilst on their eponymous road trip. ‘Tuesday the 17th’ takes a unique technological slant on the slasher film and ‘The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger’ uses Skype to terrifying effect in a tale of a young woman determined to prove her apartment is haunted. Rounding out the stories is ‘10/31/98’ which takes the haunted house movie to outstanding and horrific new heights. One of the year’s most highly-anticipated genre anthology films, V/H/S takes the much-missed tape format as its starting point and crafts five tales of analogue terror (plus a wraparound segment) that give a shot in the arm of the ailing found-footage subgenre.