Introducing fearless and ferocious flavors consistently to the franchise

Just a decade ago, few trends were more popular in the horror world than found movies, due in large part to how effective and profitable the original movie was. supernatural activity had become. In the years since its release, countless imitators have flooded the market, while the brains behind the original V / H / S. They both honored this look while breathing new life into it. While the second installment improved on the original formula, the third installment felt as tired as fan growth with still shots in general. Debuting on Shudder later this week is the fifth entry, V / H / S / 99which takes the series back to those ambitious and boundary ways of the past, offering a variety of unsettling stories that weren’t possible in any other series and leaning toward the unique nature of first-person perspectives.

A key component of every movie in the franchise is that they all bring together different filmmakers, with this segment featuring clips from Johannes Roberts, Vanessa, Joseph Winter, Maggie Levine, Tyler McIntyre and Flying Lotus. However, one of the ways it deviates from the previous entries is that the different clips instead appear as if they were segmented from different sources recorded onto a single video tape rather than being framed by a wrap-around story. Purists may be disappointed with this decision, as it was the discovery of the stripes in the world in previous films that set the series apart from its peers, but the overall experience suffers no loss in quality from this decision.

As with any anthology, especially one that features many different filmmakers, the overall experience is often defined by both its highs and its lows, as successes and failures are what remain in the minds of audiences. Luckily , V / H / S / 99 It doesn’t have a bad note, thanks in large part to the variety of novels being explored. However, there is still a nuance in the structure and momentum of the whole picture, with a slow start one of the film’s only, albeit minor, setbacks.

The clip “Shredding” by Levin sees a punk rock group searching the underground tunnels where a legendary band is said to have decimated their end. The structure of this story is redundant early on, as the characters are all fair Donkey wannabes, however, this structure leads to some interesting places, especially for those fans who have a soft spot for “heavy metal horror” like black roses or trick or treat. The next passage, Roberts’ “Suicide Offer,” similarly begins with the familiar premise that a student must go through an initiative to be accepted into a sorority, only for things to take a dark turn. Even if this hypothesis is relatively rote, the intimate nature of a girl who allows herself to be placed in a coffin elicits claustrophobia, and despite everything we might expect to happen in this scenario, Roberts throws at us a number of bends, completely exceeding our expectations with fears Supernatural and more rooted in reality.

Flying Lotus’ “Ozzy’s Dungeon” is where the film takes the concept to new heights, with its various twists and turns and a sense of overall ambition that reminds us of it. V / H / S / 2The Safe Haven is one of the best parts of any horror story in the history of the subgenre. Audiences first see VHS footage of a children’s game show that repeats the concept double dare or Legends of the hidden templeOnly for an unexpected tragedy. As if this event weren’t shocking enough, this is nothing but the catalyst for the truly horror to appear, providing unsettling sense of humor and horror. From there, things are elevated to a more absurd and extreme degree, yet still in line with the sequence’s tone, suggesting a totally satisfying experience from start to finish.

Beginning to lean further into the chronology of its title, McIntyre’s “The Gawkers” begins with a premise similar to that of the teenage sex comedy of the era, in which a group of teens take their crush on their neighbor a bit further. Use deceptive measures to violate her privacy. As one can imagine, things don’t quite go as planned, and while the result may not be entirely surprising, we remember the original V / H / S.The ‘Amateur Night’ part is in how it embraces improbable legends to cross the finish line. The closing of the film is the part most connected to the film’s timeline, as Winters’ “To Hell and Back” focuses on a ritual performed by a doomsday cult on the eve of the year 2000. Although the ritual does not go as planned, we are still dealing with a satanic adventure It still makes us scratch our heads about how the team can pull off such an immersive story so effectively about what we’re assuming is a slim budget.

over the past decade, V / H / S. The series delivered all kinds of horror, but what makes V / H / S / 99 Such a standout is that no matter how many times you might think you know the direction of the story, the filmmakers break those expectations and offer something more modern and satisfying. Although the film is not without its lulls, the highs make up for those little setbacks and remind us of how the franchise has become fertile ground for a new generation of filmmakers. By cutting their teeth from these narratives with cinematic and production constraints, they become more creative both in terms of narrative and from a production standpoint, with subsequent projects offering then more opportunities to really shine. It’s admirable that such a humble franchise has developed filmmakers who will continue to deliver Godzilla vs. Kong, Moon Knight, X, Scream, Hellraiser, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The RaidAnd the Blair Witchbut not limited to achievements.

V / H / S / 99 It helps establish the franchise as one of the filmmakers’ most ambitious and innovative storytelling avenues, and while each part may not be a home path, it’s a sequel that’s a rollercoaster ride through hell you’ll want to hook yourself up with.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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V / H / S / 99 It lands in Shudder on October 20.



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