Just a small bit of advice for you Zombie Apocalypsers out there during the winter season.
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Just a small bit of advice for you Zombie Apocalypsers out there during the winter season.
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Just a short random musing over Ice about Zombies.
To most, it won’t make any sense. And, yes, it is dark. Was shooting for some artsy lighting effects. It didn’t work out quite as planned..
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I’ve been meaning to write a review for Sean T. Page’s Zombie Survival Manual for a couple of months now, but in my business this time of year gets to be very busy for me. Busy… That’s such a BS word.. busy.
Busy keeps us from doing what we really want, and in most instances need, to be doing. In the end, in the zombie apocalypse, busy gets boiled down to its most basic and simple task; survival.
The first zombie survival guide I read was Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide. It covered various topics and really set the benchmark for what other writers would attempt to convey with their own zombie survival guides in the years to come. The problem is, all of the zombie survival guides that came next were pretty much just regurgitated versions of what Max had previously done, and they weren’t that good.
A couple of months back my friend, Sean T. Page, from the Ministry of Zombies in London, sent me his own book on Zombie Survival.
Zombie Survival From the dawn of time onwards (all variations) Owners’ Workshop Apocalypse Manual.
Let me state this right here and now; this book is beyond original. Whatever benchmark Max’s book set, this one sets a new standard. First off, it’s published by Haynes. Yes, the very same Haynes that publishes all of those car manuals for you do-it-yourselfer car mechanics. I speak from experience that my two Saturn cars and my Chevy van have had their lives extended by several years due to my Haynes vehicle manuals. I point that out only to express the amount of detail that is found within the covers of Sean’s book. Simply put.. The quality is beyond exceptional.
Ian Morres does the illustrations in this book. Take some time and look up his works; the guy is a master at Information Graphics. The illustrations in this book are, like the quality, beyond exceptional. I’m not talking about a couple of drawings scattered throughout the book, no sir. I’m talking about multiple detailed illustrations on pretty much every page. It’s a feast for the eyes.
What makes this Zombie Survival manual different? Sean presents the information in a very unique way. Most books read from beginning to end. You can certainly do that with this one, but you don’t have to. It is a manual after all, and as such you can open to almost any page and devour the content without it being out of context.
It covered such topics as what a zombie is, zombies in history, how to prepare your home to defend against a zombie attack, combat techniques and much more.
Towards the end of the manual are two exams.
The first is a basic exam. Passing it grants you the knowledge of knowing what to expect when the fit hits the shan.
The second is an advanced exam. This one is less of a pass/fail but rather is more of a … how will you measure up against the zombies and what type of survivor you will become (should you survive).
Both exams come with their own Ministry of Zombies certification document. Don’t cheat yourself; learn the lesson first by reading the manual, then take the exams. This is knowledge you really need to know.
I can’t rave enough about this manual.
Read it. Absorb it. Learn what you can from it to help you survive when the zombies begin to attack.
You can thank Sean later when you run into him, his vast knowledge of zombies and survival will save your skin, all you need to do is read this manual.
It can be found on Amazon here: Zombie Survival Manual: From the dawn of time onwards (all variations)
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It’s not often that something comes across my desk that really blows my socks off. I’ve seen pretty much everything in the horror industry. Some of it has been flat out stupid, some of it pretty cool, some of it just okay, hell, I’ve even seen things that just simply cannot be unseen. I understand that what I’ve just said is a pretty bold statement, but facts are facts. My point is; it’s gotta be pretty damn wicked cool to impress me.
When I opened up a mysterious box from Gravity and Momentum the contents did just that, I was totally blown away by this product.
No, it’s not something you put onto your toast for breakfast (although you might could trick a vampire with it). To the untrained eye it may appear to be just some simple stage blood. But I knew better. I knew that there was some deep other-worldly intelligence going on inside these vials. What I held in my hand was the Smartest Stage Blood Ever.
What makes it so smart you ask?
Please allow me to quote a few of the other brands of stage blood that are out there..
“Like real blood this product will stain clothing and certain surfaces.”
“Please test for staining on clothing before applying.”
“only apply this blood to people, clothing you don’t mind having blood-stained.”
“May stain some fabrics; test before use.”
See the common thread there linking all stage blood together? IT STAINS!
Blood Jam knows how to dodge and weave with mad ninja skills and it just refuses to stain!
I took a shirt from the closet (sadly the website shown on it is no longer around), and went to town with some of this Blood Jam…
First I wanted to check it’s look and consistency. It’s thick and has a deep color. It flows nicely, leaving a trail of blood behind. A lot of other stage bloods will “bead up” and they end up making “dashes” instead of lines of blood. Blood Jam leaves a definite trail behind allowing you to drop a good amount on one spot and then “trail” it across your skin.
Next I splashed some into my palm to check out it’s “spreading” factor when very little is used. It didn’t bead up at all, in fact it spread out and clumped giving it an uneven appearance, which is what you want. Quite a few stage bloods out there spread evenly and just tend to look the same uniform color all over. Blood tends to get darker in areas where there is more concentrated; and this Blood Jam does exactly that.
Next I went right for the shirt test, after all their website claims:
“It’s the only stage blood made with food grade ingredients that is safe for the mouth, eyes, and skin AND washes out of any fabric. (most with just hot water!…”
So here I went and started smearing it into my shirt, I mean I ground that Blood Jam into that fabric (Gildan 90% Cotton, 10% Polyester). I dripped some more onto the shirt. I even took the shirt and rubbed two sections together until it was bleeding from one side to the other.
But I didn’t stop there!
I was gonna call Gravity and Momentum’s bluff and let this shirt sit outside for a while before I even considered trying to wash it.
So there the shirt sat, in the sun, day after day. There the shirt sat in the moon, night after night. It probably wondered what it did to deserve such harsh treatment. For two weeks I left it outside.
I kept wanting nature to rain down upon the shirt, but it never did. Instead it just got up to a hot 105°F for a couple of days. I went to check on it about a week in and saw that the Blood Jam was dry. I mean this stuff was caked into the shirt. The shirt was almost stiff because of it.
This morning I brought the shirt back into the house and tossed it into the washing machine, didn’t even give it soap. In fact, I was gonna go totally against what the website said “most with just hot water!” and I used only cold water because I’m such a rebel like that! When the wash cycle was done I grabbed up the shirt, didn’t un-wad it to look and tossed it into the dryer.
What came out was.. just.. magic. There was no stain what-so-ever on this shirt. It was just as clean as the day I took it out of the closet.
Those in the industry will know how revolutionary this actually is. That’s THE biggest problem with stage blood: the stains it leaves behind. As I stated, this Blood Jam is simply the Smartest Stage Blood Ever!
Gravity and Momentum makes 3 different versions of stage blood. Blood Jam, Blood Syrup, and Blood Caplets.
Blood Jam is what it is; stage blood that does not stain. It can be thinned with water if so desired.
Blood Syrup is exactly as it sounds; it’s the same product as the Blood Jam, it’s just oozier.
Blood Caplets is also the same product but in a powder form and placed inside a clear dissolvable capsule. Designed to be used in the mouth, these are great for vampires and other mouth bleeding effects.
Armed with this cool product I had to ask the maker some questions..
ZM: What is the shelf-life of the product? IE.. if I use some and store the rest in it’s container, how long will it last before it starts to chemically break down?
Greg: The shelf life is indefinite as long as it is not mixed with water. Over a very long period of time (over 6 months) the red dye will slowly start to brown a bit. All other components will be good to go however!
ZM: The Blood Jam; your website states that it needs to be disposed of after it’s been used, especially after it’s been mixed with water – that it has approximately 12 hours before it needs to be disposed of. Why is this? Is it because of the above; the chemicals will start to break down and separate and stand a chance at setting a stain? or will tiny blob like creatures start to form and attempt to take over the world? what exactly will happen?
Greg: Tiny blob like creatures are the more likely scenario. The base ingredient is Corn Syrup, which is basically sugar. When water gets involved it becomes a very nice environment for life, especially if its been on the skin and picked up some stowaways. If you want to premix the blood for a show or event then its best to either freeze or refrigerate the mixture. I also use cheap vodka to thin out the blood when I need to premix for a show, nothing will grow in that! This would be unpleasant if it gets in the eyes but not necessarily catastrophic. Your best clue is smell (or gremlins). If it reeks then it has to go.
ZM: The caplets; with them being powder, how do they work? Do you open the caplet in your mouth and the magic of saliva turns them to blood; or are the caplets supposed to opened and mixed with water?
Greg: The powder took forever to figure out how to make! Caplets are designed to be broken in the mouth and the saliva will do the work. Sugar is mixed in for taste (way too many unpleasant spit takes until I got that right…) and to attract more saliva into the mouth. 2-3 caplets will create quite a bit of fluid for a nice effect. If you manage the caplet right it can be spit out to look like a tooth or piece of your lip too! You are also able to open the caplets and mix the powder in any liquid medium to turn it red if you wish. If any of the powder is swallowed it will be ok, I just don’t recommend putting it on cereal or on your coffee.
ZM: Do you have (or will you be working on) something to add to this to make it “dry”? For example, perhaps prolonged use on a Halloween costume, or a consistent (non-drippy) look during filming?
Greg: I do know that the Syrup and Jam both have drying effects when left out in the air for a long period of time. Each will get even thicker and more gooey as the very small amount of moisture evaporates away. If the product is smeared into the fabric it will dry with a starchy feel to it and have a consistent look. It’s sort of what happens when I use bar towels to clean up while making the blood and let them fully dry (doubles as a quality test when I wash the towels out!).
All in all folks, this is some amazing stuff. Halloween costumes, vampire effects, blood bags, theatrical applications, you name it; this is the stage blood you want. This stuff can even be made into almost any color you want! Imagine a bright green for trolls (or zombies!), pink if you want to gash open a unicorn, black for goblins, blue if you want to massacre a fleet of Vulcans!
Check it out in our store here: Blood Jam at ZombieMall.com
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Hi. My name is Brian and I like zombies.
I also run some of the biggest zombie websites in the world. Well, okay, maybe not the biggest, but they do have their place on the web. You may have heard of a couple of them; www.ZombieMall.com and www.ZombieUniversity.net ? No? Well.. crap. That’s okay, I’m still trying to work on infecting the world with their presence. I digress..
When a movie about zombies hits the theaters, it is simply my obligation to go watch.
World War Z is based on the Max Brooks book of the same name. Yeah, I’ve read that too. When I first heard that the book was being turned into a movie, my first thought was “huh? how??!”
Those that have read the book know that it is more of an interview, a diary or journal if you will, of people who have survived the zombie apocalypse and are getting their story set down (for the record).
The movie was going to star Brad Pitt. The book didn’t really have a main character, and Pitt is such a big name. He reportedly paid $1million to Brooks for the rights to make it into a movie. Pitt was also a producer of the movie, and of course is the main star as well. So yeah, he’s kindav a big deal. Surely he is not going to limit himself to just one segment?
Ahhh.. I was starting to be one of the “Oh Ye of Little Faith”.
The movie changes things up a fair amount from the book. And that’s where a lot of reviews are going to get all negative. I’m not. I’m not even going to throw a fit like others have about Damon Lindelof being brought in to “fix” the ending. I still can’t believe that people continue to give him grief over Prometheus (I for one loved it, but I digress). He had a hand in the script for Star Trek Into Darkness as well. Though I will certainly admit that there is a very coherent change of pace about 2/3rds of the way into the film. It is action, action, slow-down. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. It allows for the story to catch up with itself. Let’s also not forget that Drew Goddard also helped with this movie’s script.
While World War Z moves a good ways away from the book, there are several Easter Eggs from the book for you to find, but blink and you will certainly miss some of them.
The zombies are actually referred to as.. well.. “zombies”. I think that awesome! So many zombie flicks shy away from that word, but this one embraces it. Though I will admit that it did not appear that too many people had much zombie training. Many people get munched, mountains of undead are made and they run fast. Wait, let me rephrase.. they are Speed Demons!
Their origin ……. Oh, no, I’m not going to spoil that for you (that’s the McGuffin of the film).
The reviews on this movie are VERY mixed. I’m among the ones that liked it. It was fun, and if anything it certainly satisfied my itch for zombies until The Walking Dead returns this October.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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I find myself sitting in my local movie theater (Carmike Oaks 7 Cinema in Batesville, AR) and tonight’s movie is The Purge.
You’ve seen the preview. Crime and unemployment are at an all-time low. The government has sanctioned an annual 12 hour time frame called ‘The Purge’ in which any crime is legal and will go unpunished.
While the concept is extreme, sometimes you simply have to go into a movie with an extreme suspension of disbelief. Think about the first time you saw Ghostbusters, Joe Verses the Volcano, or Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Could the elements in those movies actually happen? Have they ever actually happened? Probably not and No. They all require a fair amount of suspension of disbelief.
The Purge is such a film. Could we really ever live in a world that was 99% crimeless and where 99% of us were employed? Of course not. Would we really ever get to a point where we all could bottle up our anger and save it for just one small 12 hour period? I very much doubt that (and by me saying that I am in no way admitting to any crimes – just so you understand that).
SO.. Let’s go ahead and get that out of the way now. If you are avoiding this movie because of its concept, let go of that thought. Sometimes you do have to let go, take a chance, roll the dice, and just have fun.
What’s fun about a film that depicts a night where any crime goes? Yes, yes, the actions themselves are horrible to ponder, but leave that; this is just a movie. Keep that thought in mind but also try to relate with the main characters. That’s where this movie shines.
Put yourself into the shoes of the family in their home. They don’t want to hurt anyone let alone kill anyone. But what would happen when someone seeming innocent needs help? Would you turn your head and let them suffer, knowing you could have tried to save them? Or would you help them?
The fun is in letting your mind go for a while and consider what you would do in that situation. I approach most zombie flicks in the same way; and much in that way The Purge reminded me of that. It’s a movie about survival. Who will be your enemies, who will be your allies?
The concept within the movie has been around for literal years; The Lottery by Shirley Jackson comes to mind as does an episode of Star Trek (The Return of the Archons). That’s not to say that The Purge is unoriginal, it absolutely is original; I’m just explaining that the theme is one that may not be as far-fetched as it appears.
If I haven’t stressed this enough, just go watch the movie with the mindset of simple enjoyment. Avoid trying to explain why it could or could not happen and just enjoy it.
We give it 3 out of 5.
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Have you ever read a comic where you can actually watch the Superhero go from regular person to Superhero status? Yeah, you may know the story; Spiderman, Superman, Batman, and the like, but have you ever been able to go back and read the very first issues without knowing what was going to happen next and be able to take the journey right alongside them?
How about watching the regular person turn into a Villain?
What about getting in on the comic so early that you really have no way of knowing which path this regular person is going to take as he discovers his powers?
All of that is a rare thing to be able to do these days. Comics today, in general, don’t do very well in the mass market unless it has a multi-million dollar movie attached to it. Years ago, think mid-70’s here, comic books were the thing to spend your loose change on. Even into the mid-80’s comics were going very strong, but it was the beginning of the decline for the smaller press publications.
It is a smaller press publication that I want to talk about today; Boom! Studios.
Don’t get me wrong, they are by no means unheard of. They have, after all, published such comics as Adventure Time, Garfield, Hellraiser, Planet of the Apes, 28 Days Later, among others. They also are the ones to publish Polarity.
Polarity is going up in value! It’s only been out for a few months and already issue #1 is going for about $80 bucks! Albeit that’s for the limited edition cover version, but still that’s pretty damn good considering it’s only been out for a few months and was $3.99 to start with!
What makes it so collectible?
For one, it’s written by Max Bemis. Yeah, that’s right, Max Bemis. The frontman for the band Say Anything (which is a cool element as Max already has some built in followers – which pretty much guarantees sales of the comic).
For two, Boom! Studios has great marketing for their comics and almost always produce variant covers for each issue, and in some cases they make some very limited edition covers.
For three, Jorge Coelho does the artwork. I say that as though I am knowledgeable about this guy, but really I’m not. He’s damn good, I can tell you that. I just don’t know much else about him except that he is not the basketball player of the same name from Portugal. Though he is from Portugal.
For Four, it’s limited to 4 issues.
ABOUT THE COMIC
Enough banter! What’s Polarity all about?
Directly from Boom!’s website:
“Timothy Woods is a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex, and vain art — better known as Brooklyn. But after he survives a near fatal car accident, Timothy discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn’t just been subduing depression and uncontrollable mania…it’s been suppressing his super powers! Now it’s time for Timothy to stand up to his disease alongside an onslaught of wretched human villainy as he finally finds his place in the world. Each issue comes with a free download for a new original song written and performed by Max Bemis!”
Fans of Say Anything can also find a few Easter Eggs within the pages of Polarity as well. That’s not to say that the comic is a direct read along to Say Anything’s songs, it’s not. There are similar themes that run throughout both the songs and the comic, however.
Variant cover art is probably what makes this most fun (well aside from the story within).
Issue 1 of Polarity came out in April and has 3 variant covers and 1 second edition printing.
Issue 2 of Polarity came out in May and has 2 variant covers.
Issue 3 of Polarity came out in June and has 2 variant covers.
Issue 4 of Polarity is due out in July and will have 2 variant covers.
Those are just the variant covers from Boom! Hastings has exclusive variant covers, there is a 1st print Special Edition variant (both in full color and in black and white), Retailer Incentive variants (also known as Virgin Variants – they show just the artwork on the cover and have no text to indicate what it is), it’s insane how many variants there are for a 4 issue comic!
I was given Issues 1 and 2 by a friend who told me that these would be right up my alley. He was 100% correct, I love em! And now like the manic obsessive person I am, I must own all variants of this comic (gee.. thanks Charles).
Head out to your local Comic Shop today (always support your local place first), and if they don’t have it, good luck, it’s selling fast everywhere!
You can also find a copy of this article on our GameMasters.com page: http://gamemasters.com/?p=711
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Part of my day to day job is to drive. I’m a vendor to several different retail stores and I simply go from store to store, training them, helping them, and educating them on the new products that have come out. Today my drive took e a short 100 miles North of the ZombieMall. Close to my destination I passed an overturned gasoline truck in a ditch on the side of the road. There were a few guys standing around it, looked like they were assessing the situation, each was wearing County Crew Neon Orange and Yellow vests.
I spent about 6 hours at my destination and hopped back in the car to come home. I made it about 30 miles and found myself at a traffic standstill on a two lane backwoods Arkansas highway. The same one that I took a mere 6 hours earlier.
I could see a Sheriff’s truck up ahead, blue lights flashing. At first I assume it’s a sobriety checkpoint, but logic quickly sets in on that fleeting thought and I realize they would not set up such a checkpoint in the middle of a state highway. No, it has to be that overturned gasoline truck from earlier.
Woods are on either side of me, a tiny church off to the left. A few cars are turning around, but I need to go the way I was headed so I stay in line. A little time passed and more cars have turned around. I find myself 3rd in line and law enforcement approaches. My engine has been off for a bit at this point, my window down slightly.
“Is it zombies?” I ask.
It’s the overturned truck, just as I had thought. They have another gasoline truck up there trying to pump all the gas out of the overturned one. They have to do that first before they can turn it over and try to tow it off. Approximate wait, 2 more hours. No worries, I can wait. Hell, if I did turn around it would take me 4 hours to drive to a point where I could meet up with another joining highway to take me home.
I begin to look around again and a thought occurs to me.
How many zombie movies have I seen in which the sole survivors are driving along and they reach an area full of standstill cars blocking the way?
Oh shit! This is my situation! I’m in that area full of standstill cars! This is how it happens!
Then another thought:
What would I do if zombies started pouring out of these woods right now? What survival tools do I have in the car within arm’s reach?
A quick look around…
3 empty plastic water bottles, some fast food napkins, my work lanyard and name badge (yay, they’ll know my name at least), a couple of CDs, a small pack of gum, a pen, my cell phone, some loose change, wires from my SiriusXM radio, and a towel. In the backseat I find two toy cars, a baseball, a couple of sheets of paper (which is what I use to write this out on), and a box of plastic forks.
In other words.. I’m fucked.
Yeah, I’ve got a tire iron in the trunk, I might be able to get at it from the back seat (they let down from the inside), but as for what’s in immediate arms reach, I’ve got nothing.
I could use the CDs as a mirror signal, I could certainly make use of my cell phone, the baseball could be used as a makeshift weapon, the lanyard and wires could certainly be useful. There is a cigarette lighter hole, but I use it as a power source for the radio. Who knows what happened to the actual lighter, it was misplaced years ago.
Next time you get into your ride, take a look around. See what you have within arms reach should you find yourself stuck on the highway surrounded by zombies.
Yeah, if I get out of this, which I have since you are reading this on the website, I’ve got to remedy this situation.
What would you add to your ride? Something that could be legal (if cops found it they would not take it or arrest you), and something you could leave in there at all times.
Give me your thoughts.
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My friend from across the pond, Sean T. Page, shot me a review copy of Metahorde.
This book sinks it’s teeth into you from the very first page and does not let go until the very last. Even then it makes you wonder what’s going to happen next!
What is a Metahorde? Well.. I don’t suppose I’m giving anything away here… The horde itself is, of course, zombies. Lots of zombies. The meta part is.. well.. LOTS more.. As in millions.
Consider the size of a hurricane as it moves and swirls, replace the rain and wind with zombies and you have a hint as to what the Metahorde is.
Taking place in the year 2020, small pockets of civilization survive on the brink of starvation in a totally destroyed Europe. The zombies number well into the multiple of millions and roam vast dead zones (no pun intended). Make no mistake they are a force to be reckoned with, however, the zombies used to roam around haphazardly in random directions. Something has happened that has made them organize together into massive hordes, that has made even the most sturdy structure crumble to the hungering march of the Metahorde.
When the throngs of zombies move through there is little to stop them.
Let’s pause for just a moment to ponder something..
The planet’s population is just under 7 billion. Seven Billion. 7,000,000,000. New York has a population of about 8 million. United Kingdom; about 62 million. Paris; about 2 million.
Assume even a moderate outbreak of just 25% of the total population turns to zombies in the matter of a couple of weeks; that’s 1,750,000,000. That’s a lot of zombies! And we all know that there are many who simply won’t survive the initial outbreak, I’d venture to say that within a month at least 50% of the population will be zombies. Given 6 months.. I’d almost say that only 15 to 20 percent of that initial 7 billion will still be among the living.
Are you pondering that yet? Yeah, that’s a shit-load of zombies all hungry for your ass.
Now you get an idea of what Metahorde is all about.
It’s a page turner, no question there.
Then again, I tend to read these books more as manuals rather than for the fiction that some would claim them to be.
Hit up Amazon and order this puppy today, you won’t regret it.
You can get the paperback version HERE.
You can get the Kindle version HERE.
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V/H/S releases today, October 5th in the United States with a very limited release in select theaters.
Yes, there are spoilers ahead.
Done in the tradition of The Blair Witch Project, V/H/S is filmed in the style of “reality home video” / “amateur home video”. Be warned though, it lacks the.. stillness of most other films shot in this way. I can easily see where it could make one sick to their stomach. No, not because of the content, but because of the filming style. The cameras are shaky, unsteady, and contain more “video garbage” than what would actually be found.
What do I mean by “video garbage”? Okay, back in the day of VHS recording if you bumped the camera while recording, then played that footage back, you could actually see skips and pixelization on the recording. I say that this film contains more of that than what would actually be found, and I state that by sheer experience. When I was a kid I made plenty of amateur home videos (no, not porn you sicko), just me and friends goofing around. Occasionally I’d try my talent at making some actual movies with story lines. No matter what I did, I never had the amount of “video garbage” that V/H/S has. Yeah, I get it, the directors added it to make it feel more.. REAL.. more.. AUTHENTIC. Instead it just took away from the movie itself.
As for the storyline, wow. I don’t mean wow in a good way either. It starts off as if we, the viewing audience, is putting a VHS tape into a VCR (what we used to have before dvd and blu-ray players). We see a “home video” of some kids causing chaos, and harassing a couple in a parking garage. Let me warn you of something real fast..
There is some sensitive material in this movie, not exactly rape, but close to it. However, it is only shown in the 1st few moments of the film. The rest of the film is your typical horror/gore. Okay, back to the review..
So the kids finish up their video of harassing this couple and head home. We learn that they make these videos and in turn sell them to make money “because people pay big bucks to see this reality shit!”. We then learn that they are going to rob a house because there is a rare VHS tape inside. A rare VHS tape? Really? Rare?? I mean.. I’ve made several silly movies and they only exist on one tape maybe they are just as rare? Okay, I digress..
So off we are to this house.. They break in and split up. One group goes upstairs, another group goes downstairs. The group upstairs finds a room with a dead guy in a chair along with several televisions, VCRs, and loads of VHS tapes. Ah crap. How do we tell which one is the rare one? Damnit! I guess one guy will have to stay behind in the creepy room with the dead guy in it while the others go tell the second group what they found. The guy left behind is gonna watch some videos now.
That transitions into the actual movie.
What we discover is that V/H/S is actually 5 different films (well.. 6 as we also have the wrap-a-round film).
After each story we flip back to the group that broke into the house. The 2nd group is in the basement and they too run across a stash of VCR tapes. They have no idea which one is the rare one so they decide to take them all.
Then we go back upstairs and find that the guy left alone is missing.. oh noes!
I guess we’ll leave another guy behind and let him watch a 2nd video tape so we can progress this film. It goes like this for a total of 5 different videos.
I’m not going to go into explaining what each story is, a couple were decent enough, but the amount of “video garbage” made them very difficult to watch. Again, not because it made me sick to my stomach (though to some I can see how it could) but because it was hard to concentrate on what was actually happening.
I found myself fast forwading through some of what I was watching as a result.
I’ll be honest, I would not mind watching the tales if it were remade and lost the hoaky amateur home video aspect. I really think that by shooting this film in that “style” really took away from what could have been really good.
I can’t say that I’d recommend this one, it was just a bit painful to sit though.
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