|Director:||Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence|
|Writers:||David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Ti West, Chad Villella, Justin Martinez, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Nicholas Tecosky, Simon Barrett, and Tyler Gillett|
|Starring:||Hannah Fierman, Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal, Helen Rogers, Jason Yachanin, etc.|
So, to really tackle the film, it seems necessary to actual tackle the segments individually. So, I believe I’ll go through each of them in order. First of all, the film is structured around a series of shorts called “Tape 56,” which features our porn-dealing punks from the above plot synopsis. They break into the VHS-riddled home that holds all of the tapes that comprise the short movies that we will soon be watching. The first segment that pops up is quite possibly my favorite of the entire film, a short called “Amateur Night” which was directed by David Bruckner (The Signal). It turns out to be a relatively spooky segment that shows what happens when a group of dude/bros use a pair of hidden-camera-glasses to go out on the town in order to shoot their own little homemade porn video. The segment pushes the boundaries in terms of sex, and actually features full frontal from both male and female cast members. All of the sex inevitably culminates with a great deal of blood and gore, as is the tradition within horror cinema. The strongest aspect of the short though might be the appearance of Hanna Fierman who plays Lily, a young girl who shows up at a club speaking with a very quiet demeanor. All she seems to say is “I like you” before we eventually discover that she is a lot more than just a girl with relationship issues. Fierman carries the short due to her tremendous eyes and general creepiness. If you remember nothing else from this short, you will remember her startling eyes and intense stare.
Second Honeymoon from Ti West may have been the most anticipated short within this collection. West is easily the most popular filmmaker from this collection and his short was probably expected to be the one that would steal the short. While his entry is packed with several intriguing ideas and a twist that actually did catch me off guard, his short is far from amazing. It is certainly entertaining, however, and stands up well to the rest of the segments included in this collection. Next up would be “Tuesday the 17th,” directed by Glenn McQuaid. Featuring horror movie references that range from the obscure to the blatantly obvious, this is the one short that seems to borrow most heavily from genre archetypes. However, despite it being a Friday the 13th clone, the short does have a number of differentiating qualities going on with it. This short takes full advantage of the VHS gimmick surrounding the movie and includes a slightly supernatural twist within the story. You see, whenever our slasher-movie killer pops up in frame, he is blurred out with VHS tracking errors that obscure the audience from seeing anything more than a general shadow of the person doing all of the killing. It is a gimmicky move, but it is highly effective.