Movie review: Some stories scarier than others in anthology 'V/H/S'

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The horror anthology "V/H/S" serves up six short scary tales, heavy on the gore and often light on creativity.

The setup story (directed by Adam Wingard) involves a group of thieves who invade an old house trying to find a particular VHS tape. They find a stack of tapes, and each of the five found-footage stories shown is more ghoulish than the rest.

Some — such as Ti West's "Second Honeymoon," a video-chat oddity by "mumblecore" king Joe Swanberg, and Wingard's framing story — are confused in concept and lacking a payoff. The strangest of the bunch is David Bruckner's "Amateur Night," in which frat boys try to pick up women in a bar and get a freakish surprise.

The best of the lot are director Glenn McQuaid's "Tuesday the 17th," a spooky encapsulation of the slasher-by-the-lake genre, and the haunted-house tale "10/31/98" (by the collaborative filmmaking group Radio Silence), both of which deliver on the low-tech premise of the collection. Alas, there's not enough good stuff in this collection to wade through the gore of the lesser material.; —



Opens Friday, Oct. 26, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for bloody violence, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use; 116 minutes. For more movie reviews, visit