V/h/s is a new take on the horror anthology film-new in that it is made up of a number of found-footage short films. The connecting/framing story is about a group of miscreants who discover that there is more money in stealing a tape from a old man’s house than there is in upskirt porn. The tales we see are on other tapes they find.
The premise is intriguing, as are the names of the young, up and coming directors. But the films themselves are old-and by old I mean tired. The first film is reminiscent of a number of Tales from the Crypt/Darkside or Masters of Horror episode(s). TI West’s story about a couple on vacation packs a punch and is perhaps the creepiest of the bunch, but I’m not sure it’s twist ending works. Glenn McQauid (I Sell the Dead’s) take on the slasher subgenre contains a few interesting ideas.
The webcam based story is almost interesting, but if you want to see the format done better check out the 2002 no-budget gem The Collingswood Story (Yep, that’s right, there was a better webcam based horror film made a decade ago).
The best story is saved for last and done by a collective of directors under the name Radio Silence, which has a group of party guys who are unaware they’ve stumbled into an actual haunted house. Basically, if you’re interested, just fast forward to this one.