Archive for July 11th, 2013

by Jaime Grijalba.

V/H/S/2 (2013, Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard)

First of all: Rex Reed is wrong. Second thing: when is he ever not wrong? Anyway. Some of us have a soft spot for horror compilations, either they be compilations of horror trailers mashed together in what seems to be the wildest of seamless narratives, or in the way that directors with different looks and inclinations come together to participate with short films to a movie with or without a linking narrative. Then there’s some of us who even like the episodic horror, the one that television made most famous, and the one that is being more carefully regarded and praised in the Saturday posts Sam Juliano has posted about the episodes of those TV shows that showcased the short horror piece that we’ve all come to love and hate at the same time. As always, we know that in the end when we finish some of the shorts in a compilation are essentially weaker or even just plain bad compared to some others that are brilliant and even among the best cinematic work of the genre in a long time, it has happened, and at the same time it’s sad to think that the merit of a director’s short film has to be accompanied by that of the rest of the directors, that may or may not be as good as that masterpiece that can be found. We all have our favorites, and this particular movie is one of the recent horror compilation films that actually work and at the same time gives us a masterpiece, one that will surprise and shock anyone who sees it, and at the same time, preaches its greatness to the world. Reviewing this kind of films is easy, you just take every short and write a paragraph out of each, so, let’s just do that. (more…)

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