by Jofrin Pezzati

Camcorder POV style horror films like Blair Witch Craft and Paranormal Activity seem to be quickly growing into their own subgenre of horror. While I love the horror movie genre, I find it to be filled primarily with large amounts of steaming manure. My feelings about camcorder-horror generally do not differ much.

When I was a child I use to have nightmares of a screaming woman behind a red lit window and a chainsaw yielding madman. Fast forward to the Yab Yummer of today and he remains a strange man with a penchant for women screaming and chainsaw yielding madmen.

My desensitized sensibilities find a person’s fear of red curtains and floating sheets quite laughable. Fake blood is fake blood to me. I get the willies much more so from random people with bad teeth at the bus stop than movies meant to terrify an audience. Until now.

Before I move forward I must explain that in order to preserve the sanctity of creepy fear this film causes me there is quite a bit that inherently must be left out. In other words, there will be no spoilers in this review, and there is nothing I can say here to capture the jaw dropping and wide eyed moments of “What the hell?!?!” found within the chapters of V/H/S.

V/H/S strings together several short sequences of terror via VHS tapes that were shot camcorder POV cinematography. At first, V/H/S feels like any other camcorder-horror movie out there, but all of that quickly changes. The directorial team “Radio Silence” has finally utilized the camcorder style medium in the manner it should be, for realism. Each sequence of V/H/S screams, “Kiss my ass Blair Witch.”

In less than two hours, V/H/S contains anything a fan of horror could possibly desire. Excessive and brutal gore in some moments, and cut away macabre that only the grotesque imagination of the viewer can fill in others. Maddening betrayal, sickening perversion, supernatural disgust, and shocking cinematic twists of dread are merely a few of the ingredients of V/H/S.

Warning! YabYum does not recommend this film to persons with the following conditions: those prone to seizures, migraines, heart conditions or abnormal blood pressure, IBS, bed wetting, schizophrenic episodes, general sissyness, under the influence of psychedelics, expectant mothers, or any other conditions that may be irritated by a truly terrifying cinematic experience.

That said, just toughen up. I challenge anyone to watch this film without wetting their pants. Those that do are stronger than I. V/H/S has found itself at the top of my list of horror movie recommendations. V/H/S can be found now On Demand and in theaters October 5th.

Show Pick of the Week!

Tonight, Small Leaks Sink Ships is joined by St Ranger and Emby Alexander at the Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix. Don’t miss your chance to catch Small Leaks live! Hopefully, it will be an increasingly common event around town. In the meantime, each opportunity should be seriously sought out. If you’re in doubt just check out their bandcamp page here.

Cruising Downtown Phoenix

I know, I know… gas is expensive and driving is bad for the environment. All the more reason to make those little excursions around town into full-blown adventures.

If you’re short of wheels, fear not. You can always cruise on the Light Rail.
We stopped by Stinkweeds to check out the new local albums available this month like
Bringin’ it Together Like Pangaea available on vinyl. Check out the album for free online!
And the downtown library. I love libraries.

And, of  course, make refueling plans some place awesome like Carolina’s
Mmmm… Carolina’s… 

AZ Fashionable Blogger Adventures

Here are some of our meanderings from the Arizona blog-o-sphere. For our ever-growing list of AZ-run blogs head to our directory page here and enjoy some recent highlights from some rad bloggers. 
Adrian Loves Owls shares her busy Phx weekend filled with First Friday, hiking, and thrifting (of course).
Fabulously Average rocks an awesome ensemble for the Rare Bird fashion show hosted by the Notra Style House. Check out her post here to find out how to vote for her outfit.
Scottsdale Fashionista introduces the fanciest way to find your perfect jeans match ever. Crazy.
Running on Happiness shares her fun summer traveling style.

For more AZ Blogs check out our directory page here.

New Issue UP!!

Our latest issue is now up for your reader-ly consumption… Check it out here

In this super fabulous edition read about musical duo Bogan Via, horror rockers Calabrese, Sareena Dominguez, the brothers Kongos, Daniel Funkhouser, photographer Byron Carrick, Phoenix-made film The Big Something, Food Truck Friday, Kooky Krafts, Full Well Studio, blog lalafauxbois, and LOTS MORE!!