On the 9th day of Halloween, a double bill for ye…
‘V/H/S’ (2012) and ‘V/H/S 2’ (2013)
The horror anthology has a fine tradition going back to ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Tales from the Crypt’ and beyond. ‘V/H/S’ and its sequel (avoid the third film, ‘V/H/S: Viral’) take the format and deliver not two feature films, but eleven bite-sized standalone segments – covering vampires, ghosts, zombies, aliens, serial killers, the occult and more – all given a high-energy shot in the arm with the use of modern found-footage stylings to give it that vérité sheen.
The quality of the stories, inevitably, is variable (though the segment ‘Safe Haven’ from the second film is one of the strongest 30 minutes of horror you’re likely to see), but the overall tone is one of great passion and affection for the genre, made BY real fans (some of horror’s best & brightest young directors contributed segments) FOR real fans.