I am not the biggest fan of the 'found footage' genre as I find it limiting. Sure there have been successes - I like the first Paranormal Activity - but otherwise it is an approach that leaves me cold. I gave The Blair Witch Project props for breaking new cinematic ground, but that was about it, and Cloverfield just bored me (and made me dizzy).
|I was tempted to do this to my TV about 10 minutes in.|
|Guys, if we find this tape I bet we can get $0.75 for it from someone.|
|I like you, but not this movie.|
|How do you like this look?|
|If I keep this mask on, maybe nobody will know I was in this dud.|
|This was much more preferable than having to keep watching this.|
|At least you're catching my best side.|
There are so many things to dislike about this picture, I don't know where to start. None of the characters are remotely likable, and the shaky camera gets old very fast. The opening 10 minutes of the first story had me wanting to reach for my iPad to check e-mail (and I'll admit I did...for a minute) because it lost me that quickly and never won me back. The connecting story is a mess and makes little to no sense.
|Please make my fortune that this movie won't ruin my career!|
This picture isn't even listed in the Leonard Maltin movie guide (or at least I couldn't find it) and all the reviews on Letterboxd were as abysmal as mine. However, I did notice that the first sequel V/H/S 2 does receive high marks so I will probably give it a shot soon. A third film, V/H/S: Viral, played at Beyond Fest this past month and is due in theaters soon.