know that these anthology movies have been a mixed bag for some folks and that
there are a couple of stinkers in the franchise, but I liked the most recent
entry so when this showed up on Shudder, I had to take a look. I’m going to
tackle each of the segments one at a time in the order that they appear. I’ll
start off each bit with the title of the individual story to keep it all
Shredding. The first has us
watching a garage band of kids breaking into an underground club that was shut
down years before after a terrible accident killed a bunch of folks. Some of
them was a band that they liked, or I suppose claim to like. I say that because
after they arrive the idiots decide to do some really dumb stuff that angers
the ghosts of the band which leads to them coming back and bloody mayhem
didn’t like this one at all. There are some neat looking creatures on a budget
and some attempts at gore but the way it was shot makes it impossible to
follow. I get it is found footage and that the camera is going to bounce around
but to then double down on a silly effect to make it look like it was recorded
over other stuff that keeps interrupting and bleeding into the picture was bad.
I couldn’t tell what the hell I was supposed to be paying attention to.
Next up we see an unpopular, or at least it is hinted she is, girl attempting
to join a sorority. I guess they call this a “suicide bid” since she is only
trying to join the one and is banking her entire social life on making it in. The
sisters at the sorority take her to a spooky graveyard and tell her the story
of it being haunted by a girl that was buried alive. She needs to climb in a
coffin and be buried alive for the night. But we see they are just messing with
her. Sure they put her in the coffin and made it seem like she was buried
alive, but she wasn’t and they are just hazing her. Though when the cops show
up it goes sideways.
one pushed my buttons. I have a bit of claustrophobia so her being crammed into
the coffin is already a bit freaky. But when they add water into the mix (it
rains and the box floods) that had me squirming. Of course, we also get a
ghost/zombie creature and a fun twist tossed in as well. While not perfect this
one was worth my time.
Remember those weird Nickelodeon gameshows that were geared to kids? Imagine if
there was an underground version of that where bad things happened to those who
lost but the reward was getting a wish granted by an all-powerful creature
called Ozzy. We watch a young woman participate in the show while being cheered
on by family. It doesn’t go well, and she ends up with a nasty looking broken
leg and loses the game. The action moves to a later time where the girl’s
family has kidnapped the host for ruining her life. Some gross stuff happens,
and they end up getting her a wish from Ozzy. But that may have been a huge
not fond of the ending, which seems forced and is unexplained. But there is
some gross stuff in this one including that busted leg that gets twisted around
again and again. If you don’t like seeing broken bones in your movies, then you
will want to hit the fast forward button here. We also get some fun with acid,
crawling thru poop, and a monster that is impressive for the lower budget that
these filmmakers were working with. Finally, the actress that plays the mother
Next up is a pervy teenager who uses his camera to spy on his neighbors and
overall is just a creeper. He and his friends set their sights on the hottie
that moved across the street as we see them sneaking peeks at her in the
swimming pool wearing her bikini. When his little brother helps her setup her
new iMac (it was fun to see the old shipping box… nice touch) they install
spyware that lets them use her webcam to be even more creepy. Though they get
way more than they bargained for.
ahead. You have been warned. I loved this one. It dusts off a monster
that is hardly ever used in movies. I dug the fact that these filmmakers were
thinking outside the box. If you are wondering why I’m delaying in mentioning
the creature it is to make sure that no one sees it before processing my
spoiler warning above. Okay now is the time. There is a freaking Medusa in this
flick! How cool is that? I didn’t see it coming, though they certainly gave us
enough hints. The monster and it’s kills are brought to the screen nicely. This
was a satisfying and entertaining inclusion in the movie.
Hell and Back.
Finally, we have saved the best for last. Some documentary filmmakers are
invited by a cult to film their summoning of a demon into one of their willing
members. Things go sideways and the pair somehow find themselves in Hell.
Luckily, they meet a friendly demon that helps them find their way back home by
hitching a ride with the summoned demon back to our world. Seems simple,
doesn’t it? Well, there are complications and it doesn’t end well for our duo.
I covered a found footage movie called Deadstream from directors
Joseph and Vanessa Winter. This is their segment for this anthology, and it is
an absolute blast. The sheer amount of creatures and gore in this one is amazing.
We get several demons, dozens of bodies, stabbings, and a CGI demon in the
shadows that all work perfectly. These are filmmakers who have a knack for
squeezing every penny out of their budget and I can’t wait to see what they do
next. I was also happy to see that they brought actress Melanie Stone in to
play the helpful demon Mabel. She was great in Deadstream playing a
creepy ghost and does an equally excellent job here as a demon. V/H/S/99
goes out strong with this segment.
was such a great time that I’m obviously recommending it. That first story is
weak but push thru that and there are some gems here. If they can keep making
good quality horror on a budget I hope that this series never ends. As I’ve
already mentioned this is streaming on Shudder. Give it a chance.
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