VHS, why is it the Best Indie Since “Scream”
VHS the revival of the horror genre.
Over the decades, we have been given some great Indie films that have been the “bread-and-butter” for the horror genre. Lately, our horror genre has been slacking with new ideas, original ideas, creativity, and scares. However, a random, clever Indie franchise has graced the world of horror. I call it the revival of the horror genre. “V/H/S”.
Let’s take a moment to take a brief look at horror over the years.
Movies Over the Decades
In the 20’s, we have “Nosferatu”, which paved the way to the world of vampires. However, no matter how creative the vampire genre got with their props, special effects (not to mention gore and blood), and evolved technology, “Nosferatu” will always be the gem that started it all.
Now, I’m going to take a drastic jump in time to the 70’s and 80’s. For a lot of horror fans, the 70’s and 80’s was a remarkable time for the world of horror. We have all of our favorite slasher franchises. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Friday the 13th”, “Halloween”, “Sleepaway Camp”, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, and “Hellraiser”.
The 90’s and 00’s gave us “Scream”, “Saw”, and “Paranormal Activity”.
Now, here we are in the 10’s, after so many failed horror movies, we’ve had a few good ones out of the bunch. “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”, “You’re Next”, “Insidious”, “Sinister”, and “Contracted”. But, of these few, the little Indie franchise that started the fire back up is “V/H/S”.
So, the idea behind the “V/H/S” movies, are that you are watching, or “witnessing” various horror situations through a camera lens. It’s set up as a found footage documentary movie. But the unexpected twist comes within the “footage” you see in the camera.
Why Give Credit to “V/H/S”
The “V/H/S” franchise is such a simple, but powerful trilogy of movies. Three reasons why “V/H/S” works:
- Innovative – The idea alone is very innovative. The plot is new, fresh, and original.
- Simplicity – The “V/H/S” movies are very simplistic and to the point, yet very creative.
- Graphic content – Unlike a lot of horror films today, “V/H/S” doesn’t rely on an extreme amount of blood, guts and gore to get a point across and to be successful.
For a lot of us, the reason we watch horror movies is to be visually and mentally challenged, scared, and grossed out. If you could sit through movies like “The Human Centipede”, “A Serbian Film”, and “Grotesque”, and not freak out, then you have evolved. But now, there are some movies that succeeds at this, not in the gruesome sense, but in the psychological sense. “V/H/S” is one of these rare gems.