A refreshing look at the found footage style horror that already seems drained even though it’s only just begun. V/H/S is an anthology of 5 short horror films shot on actual video and each offering the best of their individual director, be it a haunted house thriller or a stalker tale. Prepare to be left disgusted, amused and freaked the fuck out.
This film is a massacre of horror films; a ridiculous, unwatchable mess of storylines crossing storylines and half-naked teenagers falling over branches at every turn. Did we ask for another remake, reboot or continuation of the Texas Chainsaw franchise? I don’t think so. Even worse, were we really that desperate to have it shown to us in 3D? Has anyone ever said, ‘God, I REALLY hope they reboot Texas Chainsaw Massacre soon, it’s just been too long!’? Still, here it is. So you’ll just have to make do with the fact that it’s really, really bad.
It took Canadian Steve Kostanski three years and only $1000 to create Manborg, an homage to mid-80s VHS sci-fi and horror. By embracing their cheap production values and never aspiring to be more or less than hilarious nostalgia, Manborg is possibly one of the best cinematic experiences you’ll ever have, providing that you are old enough to remember the unique and exquisite sensation of pushing a tape into a VCR. MANBORG!
Releasing two classic albums in the early seventies to minor critical acclaim but non-existent commercial success in the US, reclusive singer-guitarist Rodriguez became something of a popular music myth. Examining his phenomenal popularity overseas and his music’s relative obscurity at home in the US, director Malik Bendjelloul goes in search of the story behind a man dubbed the ‘Mexican Bob Dylan.’
Weddings! Weddings weddings weddings. Everybody loves weddings and all films are about weddings these days aren’t they? It really feels like that’s the case. Take wedding themed film Our Family Wedding, for instance. Weddings everywhere! Only, why is there a goat running around eating Viagra and trying to rape people? And why are all the Mexican people so deeply, deeply racist? And why is Forest Whitaker in this film? So many questions! And by questions we mean weddings.
Here is the formula for coming up with a successful title for a Chinese action movie: use the word dragon, make something else fly and shove in some references to weapons and you’re done. Sadly there isn’t a good formula for coming up with the plot of the film. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is bonkers. Maybe if any of the characters stood still for long enough you’d have a better change at figuring out what the heck is going on…
Whether you call it Desire to Kill or Enemy at the Dead End, this film is still about two nearly-dead men in a hospital ward trying to kill each other without the nurses noticing. You could roll a wheelchair through some of the plot holes, but this absurdist South Korean thriller is a true original.
It’s not scary, it’s not funny, it’s not even very bloody. Aside from a few interesting set designs, the only revelation here is how bad it is. Silent Hill: Revelation is in the running for worst film of the year, and at the moment the odds are in its favour. Run from it.
Dull and lifeless, Paranormal Activity 4 fails even at the cheap jump-scare. Some decent performances aside, there is very little to sustain either the horror-buff or the average movie goer in this absurdly boring flick. Please don’t waste your money on this. Go buy a hat or something instead.