Monday, May 4, 2015

VHS Viral (2014)

As I've mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of anthologies.  While in theory, they're a great way to showcase short stories since more people will view a movie than a short film.  However the problem is that the quality of the individual stories often varies, or the format is used to slap a few crappy short films into a feature length movie.

I didn't like the first VHS movies due to characters that were  unsympathetic and unlikable.  The second film had better characters, but still didn't appeal to me.  So I wasn't expecting much from number three, but it ended up being the one I like the most.

Unlike the first two films, they've abandoned using the concept of people watching video tapes they find when they go somewhere they damn well shouldn't go.  There's no explanation for why the stories just start out of nowhere and when it first happened, I got confused.  Of the four stories, the weakest one is the wraparound.

Vicious Circles - an annoying teenage couple film themselves at various places. When there is a police chase in their neighborhood, the boy wants to tape it so he can make money off the video of the action and things go wrong.

Dante the Great - a magician takes on an assistant who wants to learn his secrets and then threatens to steal the source of his power

Parallel Monster - a man generates a portal to a parallel dimension in his basement, and trades places with his alter ego.  The entire short is in Spanish, but even if you don't speak the language, you can get the gist of what's happening.

Bonestown - idiot skaters decide to go to Mexico for the day and end up at an isolated drainage ditch which is perfect for skating - other than the occult activity and monster in the fenced off tunnel.

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