House of VHS
- 1h 23min
Six young people find an old VCR in an abandoned French house. The machine turns out to be magical... or is it cursed?Six young people find an old VCR in an abandoned French house. The machine turns out to be magical... or is it cursed?Six young people find an old VCR in an abandoned French house. The machine turns out to be magical... or is it cursed?
I spent half the film thinking the American / Icelandic Guy was the French Guy, and vice versa, but concluded that the nationalities were ascribed as a tribute to Reservoir Dogs. There was no suggestion that the characters' behaviour was due to nationality; rather, it was to save giving them names.
As far as temporary suspension of disbelief goes, the characters did better than I did. A group of six students go to squat in a French country house for a week, but apparently took no food or water. One character tried to stay in contact with his parents for no obvious reason, then later it is implied that is was not his parents at all but .I had given up trying by then.
To say they were not close friends would be an understatement. I am not sure how many had actually met before, but nobody knew what nationality the Belgian was except the Belgian, while the American was revealed early on (too early for this to be a spoiler) to be Icelandic but it did not affect the plot in any way and he is still listed in the credits as American.
Abysmal use of light and dark, some scenes almost unwatchable due to colour saturation. The plot is thin and extraordinarily contrived. One character leaves and returns at random, as if to prove the house is nowhere near as isolated as the plot suggests. Huge continuity failures - everybody is enthralled bybthe story if VHS and the discovery that the player and TV work, yet it is several hours before they watch anything; the Australian Guy seems intellectually challenged, judging by the time he spends picking up tapes, glancing st titles and putting them down again.
The clues were there. One actor had, as at July 2020, made three films under three different names. The surname Cazenave appears with three different first names, suggesting a family project rather than a professional production.
The old clips are the most interesting part of the film. If genuine, someone has put in the research well. My reservation is that one credit is given for the designer of a costume in one clip, but one with a cast member in, so clearly made for this film. Kudos to that film buff if they have searched for, and found, all those rarities.
- Jul 4, 2020