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V/H/S (2012)

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When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

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Brad Miska (concept), Simon Barrett | 10 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Reeder ... Gary (segment "Tape 56")
Lane Hughes ... Zak (segment "Tape 56")
Kentucker Audley ... Rox (segment "Tape 56")
Adam Wingard ... Brad (segment "Tape 56")
Frank Stack Frank Stack ... Old Man (segment "Tape 56")
Sarah Byrne Sarah Byrne ... Abbey (segment "Tape 56")
Melissa Boatright Melissa Boatright ... Tabitha (segment "Tape 56")
Simon Barrett ... Steve (segment "Tape 56")
Andrew Droz Palermo ... Fifth Thug (segment "Tape 56")
Hannah Fierman ... Lily (segment "Amateur Night")
Mike Donlan Mike Donlan ... Shane (segment "Amateur Night")
Joe Sykes ... Patrick (segment "Amateur Night")
Drew Sawyer ... Clint (segment "Amateur Night")
Jasper Sams ... Lisa (segment "Amateur Night") (as Jas Sams)
Nicholas Tecosky ... Bartender (segment "Amateur Night")
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Storyline

A POV, found footage horror film from the perspective of America's top genre filmmakers. A group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house in the countryside and acquire a rare tape. Upon searching the house, the guys are confronted with a dead body, a hub of old televisions and an endless supply of cryptic footage, each video stranger than the last. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This collection is killer.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Tape 56 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,402, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:

$100,345

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,944,287
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam and Stephanie's fortune card from the machine in "Second Honeymoon" alludes to the other arcs of the anthology, as well as its own arc. See more »

Goofs

On the "10/31/1998" segment when the guys are heading over to the Halloween party, the cars on the highway are obviously more modern for the late 1990s - early 2000s; a Ford Edge is also visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rox: Back up. Back up, back up. Turn around, turn around.
Gary: Oh, yeah.
[the men wearing masks drive by a couple walking, then the men get out of their vehicle to confront the couple]
Brad: [the cameraman tells the other assailiant] Show her tits! Ha ha ha! Whoo!
[the cameraman notices the boyfriend of the girl charge after them]
Brad: Oh, shit! Run, run, run! Go, go go!
Gary: [the camera cuts to the footage afterwards of the men destroying a building] It's cool, huh?
Fifth Thug: Hell, yeah!
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Alternate Versions

The 10/31/98 segment has an alternate ending, where the guys cheat death by escaping from their car. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinematic Excrement: Found Footage (2017) See more »

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Everyone Must Find Shade in the Neverland of Tar and Paint (Disaster Relief Song for Bono to Sing)
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suspension of disbelief

I can understand if you do not like the so-called 'found footage' films, for example; Blair Witch and Cloverfield. I must admit, some of them work, some of them don't. Cloverfield worked for me, but only on the big screen in a cinema. Blair Witch worked for me, but only on a small PC monitor. Some things work better depending on the way you view these things, but also, what works with one person, will not work with another, everybody is different.

With that out of the way, let me honestly try to convince you that my small review on this film is mainly based on its merits, and not just what I enjoy personally.

I think the credit is due to the effort that went behind making this film, because even though each of the video tapes the guys find and watch are very strange and hard to swallow, they have genuinely tried hard to convey a sense of realism.

But it also helps if the viewer made a little effort, and suspended your disbelief in order to get into the film. Some people can do this easier than others. If your a horror fan, this will entertain at the very least. Each of the five found tapes start off innocently enough like home movies, but each one reveals shocking footage of something strange or unravels into a horrifying ordeal. It reminded me of 'Tales of the unexpected' or 'The Twilight Zone' but with the use of a hand-held camera instead.

Again, it'll either work for you or it wont. But the makers of this film tried hard and kudos to them. The effects were great, the acting was as expected, just as in any 'found footage', if its going to convey realism, its NOT going to have Oscar worthy acting, don't forget these are meant to be 'real' people. And the stories behind each tape were all entertaining.

In the end then, before you watch it, heres some top tips; Turn the lights out. Keep telling yourself that what you are watching is 'real'. Open your mind. And enjoy.


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