Written by: Simon Barrett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Nicholas Tecosky, Chad Villella & Ti West
Directed by: Bruckner, McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, West & Wingard
V/H/S is a new horror anthology film (ala Creepshow, Trick ‘r Treat, Black Sabbath, and everyone’s favorite… Tales From The Hood) from a group of independent film writers and directors. The two biggest names involved are Ti West (who we’ll get to later) and Glenn McQuaid (Stake Land, I Sell The Dead). I’m going to try to review this without spoiling it, but I’m not usually very good at that. So, if you feel the need to bail–even though you’ve probably made up your mind just by the cup rating above, I’ll say it’s worth a shot. It’s well put together, but with some glaring flaws.
My chief complaint with V/H/S isn’t its wonky premise, or even its inconsistency; that’s just the nature of anthology films, really. There will always be hits and misses and there are certainly hits and misses here. It’s more about its casting and characters. The film is comprised of about 90% douchebags. So when I say the phrase “white college frat boy douchebags” to you…you know that person you immediately picture in your head? There are about fifteen of them in this film. A few of the men depicted show redeemable qualities, but they are a small minority. And not only are their personalities the same, they look remarkably similar between the stories as well. The film has been criticized for being misogynistic. While some of the stories come off that way, I don’t feel myself qualified to deem the entire film one way or the other. I can most certainly say is that none of the men shown here are people that anyone reading this will want to be around for long periods of time.