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V/H/S [2012] V/H/S/2 [2013] V/H/S Viral [2014]
Valhalla Rising [2009] The Vanishing [2018] Vanishing Point [1971]
The Vast of Night [2019] The Veil [2016]
Velvet Buzzsaw [2019] Venom [2018]
Veronica [2017] Veteran [2015] Victor Frankenstein [2015]
Viking Destiny [2018] The Villainess [2017] Visiting Hours [1982]
The Void [2016] Voyeur [2017] Vulgar [2000]

The Vast of Night [2019]


         

Taking place in a small New Mexico town in the late 50s, a DJ and a switchboard operator begin receiving a strange signal of unknown origin and their night becomes very odd. The characters were excellent, likable and you became very concerned over them very quickly. The story moved along at a descent pace ...sort of. Which brings me to an odd complaint that I don't think I've had before ...too much dialogue. This movie is just loaded with incessant chatter and unnecessary babbling that got really irritating at times. Beyond that, good film.

Victor Frankenstein [2015]


         

Every so often, it behooves someone to, yet again, re-tell the story of Frankenstein. This one is predominately centered around the tortured psyche of Victor Frankenstein and his rescued, and thereby, loyal assistant and friend, Igor, giving Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy a vehicle to show off their talents, which they do in an outstanding fashion. In fact, everyone's performance was excellent. The creation of the monsters was secondary to this rendition of the story but the characters demand for your attention makes it quite compelling.

Valhalla Rising [2009]


         

As viewers, we ride along and observe an ex-slave / barbarian, a young boy, and a bunch of crusaders, as they travel from the Northern Highlands of Great Britain to North America sometime around 1100 AD. That's about the entire story in a nut shell. However, it's extremely authentic and exquisitely photographed. We get to know and understand the characters explicitly with little dialogue. As slow and somewhat pointless as it turned out to be, I was mesmerized throughout and I think it really deserved a bigger audience.

The Vanishing [2018]

aka Keepers

         

A fictional possibility of a mysterious actual historical event where 3 lighthouse keepers disappeared from Flannan Isle off the coast of Scotland without a trace. This comprehensive character study, with phenomenal performances, chronicles how grief, greed and guilt can slowly descend into madness ...really, really slow, in fact. That must be the style today but it's getting increasingly hard for me to enjoy a movie when I'm spending half my time waiting for the next scene. It's really good but, once again, requires lots of patience.

Viking Destiny [2018]

aka Of Gods and Warriors

         

A Viking king has a daughter and switches it with the son of his brother. Now that the siblings are grown, he realizes his error too late. Can you say 'silly'. I bet you can. Sure. First of all, the queen-to-be has full make up; lipstick, mascara, blush, etc. and nothing and nobody looked Viking making it all very anachronistic. And every time I started to take the film seriously, it got silly again like it had an almost adolescent quality about it. It wasn't a particularly bad film - I was generally entertained - it's just, well ...sorta silly.

Vanishing Point [1971]


         

Attracting the cops to his speeding, a car delivery specialist is pursued by law enforcement through 3 states while driving a souped-up 1970 Dodge Challenger. Arguably the best chase film ever made and not just because of the chase. This film also touches heavily on the '70s culture, intolerance, a police force's incessant need to stop him when all he's really guilty of is speeding, and some truly colorful characters. Add in the flashbacks of our protagonist's life and the vanishing point becomes clear. Remarkably good film!

Veteran [2015]

aka Beterang

         

A veteran cop goes after a corrupt and sadistic corporate president - whose assault on a truck driver left him in a coma - even though he gets nothing but ridicule from everyone. Not so much a South Korean, action film but rather one driven mostly by the flamboyant personalities of the characters and some really good writing. Never really too serious but never really too campy, the movie does a great job of just being entertaining and fun. I really enjoyed it.

V/H/S [2012]


         

This anthology centers around a gang of thugs breaking into a home to steal a specific VHS tape. What they find is a lot of tapes and when they start playing them, things fall apart. The five stories, plus the wrap-around story are intriguing, frightening and disturbing. All made with hand held (or similar) cameras (including one made entirely from webcams), the stories feature a different director and writer for each providing us with some very unique and disturbing visions. This is good stuff!

V/H/S/2 [2013]


         

The original V/H/S was excellent. This one blows it out of the water. Five tales of horror all filmed with hand held cameras, spy cams, eye cams, dog cams, etc. The stories aren't anything complex but they grab you by the throat and won't let go. Original, horrific, gruesome, disturbing and painfully memorable, there isn't a bad story in the bunch. Good terrifying fun!

V/H/S Viral [2014]


         


After making 2 terrific VHS films ...what happened? There isn't a single story in this one that measures up to any story in V/H/S or V/H/S/2. Makes me sad. This could shut down a franchise that was truly original and one that I was really looking forward to what would happen next. The trailer, which contains all the best moments, makes it look far greater than it is.

Venom [2018]


         

A down-and-out reporter is infected with an alien parasite, of sorts, that can transform him into a vicious, destructive killing machine ...who likes to eat human heads. This was a very clever, humorous, exciting, action film with a very unique and sarcastic creature that was a real joy to watch. Great special effects and well developed action sequences, as well as Tom Hardy's performance as the hapless victim, all worked very well. My only con is the antagonist, Carlton Drake. He just didn't suit me as a mad scientist.

Veronica [2017]


         

Three girls play with a Ouija board in an attempt to contact a dead friend and a dead father. Turns out, it worked ...and they forgot to say goodbye. This Spanish film was an extremely effective little creepfest that has some really unique, scary and shocking moments. The movie begins with one of the best teasers in recent memory and then jumps back 2 days. At this point, I'm hooked! I have to see what leads up to that moment. Characters were very natural and realistic, which added to the concern and dread.

The Villainess [2017]

aka Ak-Nyeo

         

After slaughtering an entire gang by herself, a girl is brought into an agency to be trained as an assassin. This is a rather convoluted story that is ofttimes hard to follow but that may be due to the cultural difference. Also, I didn't quite understand some of the choices the characters made. It is a good story, though, and the performances were quite engaging. The high point is the action. Although over-the-top and somewhat over choreographed, it was still super fun to watch. Overall, an extremely pleasant and exciting ride.

Velvet Buzzsaw [2019]


         

A man's dying wish is that his artwork be destroyed but it's found by an asst to a major art dealer before that happens and it becomes a global sensation! Then people start dying. Exquisitely well-written and acted character study that goes far beyond what you'd expect. In fact, the film is not presented, nor does it feel like a horror story as it manipulates the viewer into being as absorbed into the characters as they are into themselves and the horror is almost a side note. But, despite it's dark, conceited humor, this is a brutal and unforgiving horror film.

The Void [2016]


         

A cop stumbles across an injured man and takes him to an out-of-business hospital. Hell then proceeds to break out ...literally. Didn't see a mention of being based on any H.P. Lovecraft but it certainly is Lovecraftian. Doesn't make much sense but when you're dealing with indescribable monsters (some of the best I've seen since The Thing) and gateways to somewhere else, it doesn't really need to make sense. Very horrific stuff for us cosmic horror fans. Good job!!

The Veil [2016]


         

Siblings (making a documentary) and a sole survivor return to the site of a cult mass suicide 25 years before looking for answers. They may not like what they find. This was an extremely well made film that maintained a heightened level of paranoia throughout, does well to keep one guessing, and throws in a few good jump scares for good measure. Story is far more complex than it may, at first, appear. One of the better horror films I've seen this year. Poor ratings, be damned ...this was a good flick!

Voyeur [2017]


         

A frustratingly long-winded documentary of the relationship between a self-confessed voyeur, who watched people in their motel rooms for years as owner of the motel, and a famous journalist who's attempting to tell his story. The back story leading up to current events was interesting but the rest was just unnecessary filler material that was boring me to tears up until the highly dubious ending which, at that point, I no longer cared.

Vulgar [2000]


         

Down on his financial luck, a party clown decides to expand his business to cover being a gag clown at bachelor's parties where things go very wrong. This is an ultra-low budget feature presumably made by a group of friends and whoever they could get ...and they did OK. There's plenty here to show their inexperience as filmmakers but, overall, the film is goofy, perverse, obnoxious, has some very difficult to watch scenes, and mildly entertaining with some occasional brilliantly funny dialogue.

Visiting Hours [1982]


         

A newswoman is attacked by a psycho and sent to the hospital. The psycho then proceeds to kill several other people, in his pursuit to finish her off, because he has no ability to carry a logical thought farther than the next room. In fact, he's the dumbest psycho I've ever seen ...he wears a bell!. This whole movie is half padding, with scenes that build up the tension but ultimately serve no purpose, and the other half is just illogical and thoroughly contrived to the point of incredulity. There was certainly no imagination wasted on this mess.

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