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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Spooky anthology horror film has lots of gore, sex, drugs.

Movie R 2012 116 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Sexual Assault Warning

Created an account just for this warning. DO NOT WATCH IF YOU ARE A SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR Turned off movie after watching the opening scene of a very graphic and triggering sexual assault of a woman by a group of men. Extremely traumatized even a few days after watching. Be safe.
age 15+

I have special eyes!

Some gross and explicit scenes like the Body Snatcher woman. In consumerism of course this decade's revival of VHS and SVHS. Good for a streaming on Halloween with a handheld camera marathon.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Overall, V/H/S is a unique and effective movie for fans of the genre. Horror anthologies have a long history, stretching back to Waxworks (1923) and reaching a high water mark with Dead of Night (1945). V/H/S seems mainly dedicated to fans who watched these films and many others on muddy old video tapes, or perhaps made their own. The quality in V/H/S is unfailingly low -- intentionally -- with sloppy hand-held camerawork and fuzzy framing. It might even be better to see it at home, rather than on a big screen.

But the spirit is willing, and all six segments come up with some genuinely spooky ideas. And, unlike many horror anthologies, the quality is consistent. No one segment is noticeably better or worse than the others, though the terrific director Ti West (The Innkeepers) seems more focused on characters in his segment, "Second Honeymoon." And the visual effects in the last segment, "10/31/98," are very impressive, especially in contrast to the grungy video imagery.

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