V/H/S/85 (2023)
October 6, 2023 8:02 PM - Subscribe

Unveiled through a made-for-TV documentary, five chilling tales of found footage horror emerge to take viewers on a gore-filled journey through the grim underbelly of the forgotten 1980s.
posted by Pope Guilty (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I thought this one was pretty rough. Setting the one short during the actual 1985 Mexico City earthquake seems pretty tacky, the actual event is already quite horrible enough without needing to add some Aztec gods into the mix. And in general these tended to lean a little too hard on the muddiness of the format to obscure the image. I did like the twist in the second act of the lake short, though.

Vulture's got a ranking of all the shorts from all six films that I mostly agreed with.
posted by whir at 10:23 PM on October 6, 2023

A have to admit, seeing "MikeNelson" in the tags caused me to go to the IMDB to see if it was that Mike Nelson (it was not).
posted by JHarris at 11:11 PM on October 6, 2023 [2 favorites]

The parts this time are:

Total Copy, directed by David Bruckner (The Night House, Hellraiser (2022))
No Wake / Ambrosia, directed by Mike P. Nelson (The Domestics, Wrong Turn (2021))
God of Death, directed by (and starring) Gigi Saul Guerrero (Satanic Hispanics)
TKNOGD, directed by Natasha Kermani (Lucky)
Dreamkill, directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Black Phone, ... Doctor Strange)

I'm glad they keep making these, even if they do keep ending up disappointing in some way. No Wake / Ambrosia was my favourite, but even that felt like it was missing a third part. TKNOGD kinda hammered the "eye-phones" joke a bit hard. God of Death felt like two good shorts smashed together into something less than the sum of its parts.
posted by dumbland at 5:46 PM on October 7, 2023

I had to stop 44 minutes in because between faked poor quality and the mexico city earthquake, I really wasn't enjoying myself. I'm sure I'll eventually finish it. I thought the lake segment was fun, but everything I saw needed some serious editing.
posted by miss-lapin at 6:17 PM on October 7, 2023

No Wake / Ambrosia was my favourite, but even that felt like it was missing a third part

It really, really felt like there was a payoff missing, yeah.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:54 PM on October 7, 2023

Even the shorts that I liked were kind of boring.

No Wake seeemed kind of interesting when it got going, but took forever to get there and then it ended quite abruptly. I liked the continuation later but Ambrosia just felt like another one of those. Oh something wholesome is actually not? *yawn*
God of Death felt real which I guess it the point but I'm also not really interested in just a snuff film. Didn't know it was tied to a real event, that's tacky.
TKNOGD really nails bad spoken word piece in a way that is too on the nose and makes the whole thing kind of a chore.
Dreamkill had potential but the movie had already lost me at this point.
Total Copy was a pretty good wraparound but the ending was mostly just shakycam nonsense.
posted by graventy at 9:05 AM on October 10, 2023

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