Friday, July 12, 2013

rental ralph.

Remember when the hyped to fuck 'scariest movie of all time', the found footage fiasco V/H/S was released to a few apathetic sighs from those of us over the age of 14 late last year?

Well they've made another one.

So will it be more of the same or something actually watchable?

Go on, guess.

V/H/S 2 (AKA S-V/H/S. 2013).

Dir: Simon Barrett (Tape 49)
       Adam Wingard (Clinical Trials)
       Eduardo Sánchez/Gregg Hale (A Ride in the Park)
       Gareth Huw Evans/Timo Tjahjanto (Safe Haven)
       Jason Eisener (Alien Abduction Slumber Party)

Cast: The incredible Kelsy Abbott, no one else matters.

"All talkin' Scotch ain't they?"

As we all know, every good portmanteau horror needs a wraparound story to grab the audiences attention, getting them to sit up and take notice.

V/H/S started with someone being filmed showing their breasts but the sequel goes one better by having a topless man being filmed too.

This is all thanks to shifty and thrifty private investigators Larry and Ayesha (Imagine a council estate Mulder and Scully with a day job at Cash Converters) who've been hired to investigate the disappearance of a young(ish) college student who, from the look of him is doing a degree in bin diving.

I mean you can actually smell the egg on his breath thru' the screen.

Anyway back to the plot where our daring duo have managed to find the missing guys address (partly due to his mum giving it them obviously) but after violently smashing his back door in are disappointed to discover that he's appears to be out shopping or something.

Luckily for our private dicks they'll be kept busy sorting thru' the massive stack of T.V. sets, video recorders and VHS tapes piled high in the living room.

Larry, needing a pee heads upstairs to find the toilet leaving Ayesha to start sifting thru' the tapes for clues beginning with the spookily titled...

"Aye son!"

Phase I Clinical Trials.

Jeff Tibbs, part-time Tony Stark alike (and full-time annoying fuck) is about to leave hospital after having a groovy robot eye fitted to replace the one he lost in a bizarre shopping trolley accident.

As luck would have it (seeing as the movie is about found footage and the like) his new eye contains a camera to enable the doctor's to monitor his progress as well as watch him piss, shit and indulge in the occasional tearful, Pot Noodle fuelled masturbation session.

All for 'research purposes' obviously.

On his way out of the clinic, Jeff notices that a particularity big chinned and bouncy breasted goth girl is staring intensely at him as he walks toward his friends waiting car, assuming she's just admiring his perfectly honed buttocks (he's been working out) our hero forgets about it and heads home to begin living the rest of his life.

Oh and maybe style his beard.

Arriving home Jeff busies himself with such mundane activities as making his bed, fixing a snack and occasional sexy side glances at the mirror only to find that where was once a freshly linened bed now lies a blood soaked body.

Fairly surprised by this (it's not like you'd forget if you'd put one there yourself), Jeff flees sobbing and swearing to the bathroom in order to throw cold water at his face and check out his mainly profile in the mirror before attempting to call out to the person in his bed.

Being dead tho' they fail to reply.
Cautiously making his way back to the bedroom Jeff notices that the body has now gone, replaced once more by fresh smelling sheets and a little mint on the pillow. Putting the whole experience down to the stresses of having a new eye Jeff settles down to a well deserved poo and a read of the daily paper.

"Hallo? Mooth shite-in service!"

Imagine his reaction then when halfway thru' a fairly bold movement he raises his head only to see that not only has the dead body has returned but a ghostly man and girl are now standing watching him in a manner usually reserved for drunks and gypsies.

Quite literally shitting himself our hero bravely closes then locks the bathroom door before hiding in the bath where he proceeds to spend the rest of the night.

Waking with not only a fright but a sticky brown residue all the way down his Chinos, he immediately calls the doctor only to find that he's away playing golf leaving Jeff no option but to leave a frightfully explicitly worded message as regards his hallucinations.

With that out of the way our bearded buddy decides it's time to take out the bins.

Which does beg the question how much has he eaten in the last twelve hours to fill them up? I mean he's not been home for two weeks.

Aha I get it now, it's just an excuse to get him outside so that he can bump into the blissfully boobed and fairly big boned babe from the hospital who just happens to be looking for him.

It appears that she was the recipient of a cochlear implant a few months ago at the same hospital and since then she too has experienced strange things, researching the technology used in both her and Jeff's operations it has become clear that the electronics used in both cases have had the side effect of giving the patients the ability to see and hear ghosts.

I'll admit I never saw that coming.

Well not the ear bit anyway.

As  she's explaining all  this plot-moving bollocks to Jeff, a big fat man in tiny pants appears from nowhere behind them.

Jeff's description confirms that it's her pedo uncle who died a few years back and that the only way to get rid of him (and any other spirits floating about) is to have sex on the floor.

No, really.

Jeff despite much argument and complaints agrees to join in once she's taken her top off.

"Anyone for tennis?"

Later that night, as she lays farting and snoring on his couch, Jeff heads to the bathroom in order to give his helmet a good rinse only to be disturbed by screaming and splashing coming from outside.

It seems that Uncle Fiddler isn't to happy with his niece and has decided to drown her in the pool.

Add to that the body is back in the bed, the scary figures are back in the house and Jeff has a soggy, flaccid penis in his hand.

Watch out! Savile's about!

After unsuccessfully attempting to rescue his gothy gal, Jeff  runs back into the house to his bedroom to call 911, only to come face to face with a spooky man standing in the hallway leaving our hero only one option.

Yup, that's right, he runs into the bathroom and messily removes his new eye with a blunt Bic razor, dropping it on the sink and enabling us a great view of the spooky man picking it up and forcing it into Jeff's mouth.

Back at the wraparound Ayesha calls Larry back into the room in order to discuss the legitimacy of the tape.

Which frankly due to it's shoddy nature I'd be wary of too.

Taking a break from the gratuitous sex and violence our gumshoe groupies turn their attentions to a helpful video message left by the missing student where he waxes lyrical about needing to watch the tapes in the correct sequence in order for them to have any affect.

Tho' I'm sure the effect it was having on me wasn't the desired one.

Oh well.

A Ride in the Park

Camera hatted cyclist Terry Pushbike is taking a quick break from, um, cycling to enjoy a fairly sickeningly lurved up chat with his fiancee on his cell phone when he's rudely interrupted by a bloodied and battered woman jumping out from behind a bush who promptly collapses in a pool of vomit.

"Aya! Mah BCG!"

Jumping off his bike to help Terry is shocked when the woman sits up and bites him causing our hapless chum to accidentally step on her face before running off into the trees and losing consciousness.

And possibly bladder control.

As time slowly passes we see two cyclists approaching our stricken pal (all thanks to his squinty helmet camera, remember?) whilst frantically dialling 911 (the emergency number not the hit pop group).

Suddenly our bite-marked buddy leaps up and attacks the do-gooders, biting them to death and so eventually  causing them to be reanimated as zombies too.

You can see where this is going can't you?

Especially when the undead mob hear a noise in the distance.

A noise soon recognizable as a group of children singing "happy birthday" in a gazebo just over the hill.

"I love you....could it be magic?"

Obviously kiddie biting, zombie stumbling, parent killing hilarity will ensue, stopping only when a phone call from Terry's girlfriend to tell him that she loves him rekindles his humanity causing our undead pal kill kill himself.

Which is a pity cos I was enjoying the kiddie based violence.

Oh well it's back to Ayesha who in a tribute to how thrilling the movie is so far is asleep with a nose bleed.

Larry, being a nice guy (or knowing it's easier for characters to be picked off one by one) offers to go get medicine from a nearby chemist leaving Ayesha free to view another tape.

Foolish girl.

Safe Haven.

Larry Newshound and his dependable news crew are getting very excited, it seems that they've been given the exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of a radical (re: freaky) Indonesian cult and interview it's founder the enigmatic (and pudding bowl haired) Father Vipco Smallpiece.

Fuck me! It's Fred Titmuss!

Unfortunately the interview doesn't really get off to a flying start, seeing as the batteries on the camera keep dying every few minutes but things begin to get even worse when Larry, Whilst outside overhears a conversation between his fiancee and his best pal.

This would probably be OK if they were discussing Larry's upcoming birthday but alas it isn't the case.

Yup, you guessed it they've been having 'the sex' together and now she's pregnant.


There's no time for recriminations tho' as a sinister bell has started bonging, Father Vipco has stripped naked before stabbing Steve the cameraman in the neck and the entire compound are busy guzzling down pills and water.

Cue 25 minutes of random throat cuttings, head shootings, dribbly zombie types and exploding cult leaders as our hero bravely attempts to rescue his fiancee from a group of crazed nurses before she gives birth to a giant goat.

No, really.

Ben Affleck, up the casino, Cannes, 1997....YESCH.

Back at the house Larry's returned to find poor Ayesha dead on the floor, which is a shame really because the actress playing her - Kelsy Abbott - is really quite attractive, plus I've heard she's really quick to sue anyone who says anything bad about her.

On a plus point tho' she has just sat thru' the best bit of the movie so it's not like she'll miss much.

Tearfully cradling her lithe body in the manner of a man missing his Cuppasoup Larry is quick to notice a solitary VHS tape with the word 'watch' written on it in lipstick tucked ever so gently under Ayesha's frankly magnificent bottom.

He pops the tape manfully into the VCR and settles down to watch...

Slumber Party Alien Abduction.

Which by this point I'd really lost interest in seeing as it appeared to involve a group of 30 somethings pretending to be teens wandering around their mum and dads house attempting to earn £250 making sub-standard 'You've Been Framed' videos involving the family dog and their older sisters attempts at having sex with her jock boyfriend (portrayed here by a particularly punchable block of plywood.

"...And then his head slipped!" 250 quid! Thanks Harry!"

After enduring what seems like an eternity of water pistol fights, head slapping and interrupted masturbation sessions it's a relief when the aliens turn up and start attacking everyone.

Until that is you realise that you're now sitting thru' a low(er) budget remake of the last 20 minutes of Howie Askins' found footage classic Evidence.

But without the attractively shot to fuck lady in the dirty t-shirt.

"...And here come The Belgians!"

 Larry partly thru' confusion but mainly crushing disappointment stares blankly (tho' to be honest with this guys acting ability he could be in full thrusting cum face mode and you'd be hard pressed to notice) at the screen before hastily scribbling down everything that Mr. Missing Boy has said/written/blogged since the film began, coming to the conclusion that "These tapes mess with your mind".

Yup, profound or what?

Intensely watching the rest of the boy's laptop recordings, Larry is shocked to see the final entry where our missing fella calmly pulls a handgun out of his arse and blows the bottom half of his face off.

Ooooh creepy biscuits.

The boy lies there for a moment before standing up and shuffles out of the room with his jaws hanging of like a half chewed caramel, the video camera still recording and showing Larry and the lovely Ayesha entering the house.

Suffice to say Ayesha comes back from the dead and Larry has to fight her before something fairly inconsequential happens and the film ends to the strains of some shite metal music.

The biggest shock here must be that a movie so bollock numbingly awful as V/H/S could ever warrant a sequel. I mean don't tell me that there are folk out there that actually enjoyed it?

Folk over 14 I mean?

To be fair tho', it is slightly less annoying than the original, with Sir Gareth of Evans segment standing out as the most enjoyably bat-shit whilst Eduardo Sánchez's section is a perfectly formed homage to all things EC.

Plus they look like they've been given more than 5 minutes thought before hand unlike the rest.

Ok guys you've had your fun now just stop before someone decides to invite Ben Wheatley and Rob Zombie along.

Now that would be fucking terrifying.


Unknown said...

here's hoping the third instalment will cater to fans of Iggy Azalea, Nikki Minaj and Serena Williams as the 1st VHS films did to fans of Jane Mansfield*. You know what I mean... ;)

*or Katharine Parkinson or Caitlin Moran in 1965 pleather hot pants, 2 sizes too small; even better

Ashton Lamont said...

Aaaahhh...Caitlin Moran, I still regret not going over to her and offering to buy her a drink way back in Wolverhampton in 1987.....Alongside not asking for Tiffany's hand in marriage it's one of my big regrets.

Unknown said...

Before I might wax enthusiastic about the multitudinous wonders (combined within the semiotic/memetic Celtic Rainbow) which is Caitlin Moran, I must show respect to you (and her, indirectly) by remembering my responsibility to you, as an equal-to-neuro-norm writer/artist, but not a neuro-norm writer/artist, that no post I’ve made to you, nor will ever make, is ‘taking the piss’. Bluntly put, that can never happen.

Despite the handful of similarities in writing-style; they come from nigh-opposite (versus ‘apposite’) concerns. Our both having penned formal scripts, after learning/adopting the ‘4-line-rule’, therefore learning to avoid ‘too much black’ in scripts, which of course ‘ends up’ in our ‘internet-posting-style’, invariably leads to similarities, which could be mistaken as mockeries*. Nothing (in my case) could be further from the truth, as I adore folks on both the Asperger’s and Autistic Spectrums, albeit my not-residing within either ‘spectrum’. Due to my appreciation of people ‘living on that croft’, as I would like to perceive it, versus the ‘disability’-hued lens that Neuro-Norm folks wrongfully view ‘folks on either spectrum’, when in reality it’s not a ‘disability’ any more than Liz Taylor’s violet eyes - a simple and rare, but desirable, genetic differential - though we must remember that Liz would have burned at the stake for having such rare, beautiful eyes, had she been born 300 years earlier.

I doubt that I need explain such to someone like yourself, whom most likely also shuddered when 1st seeing ‘The Conqueror Worm’ starring Vincent Price, in which anyone like Caitlin would have been doomed, but also anyone like yourself, or - for different reasons - myself, would be equally doomed, and for equally-prejudiced rationales.

I mean, oh Lord, with THOSE eyebrows, plus classically-Celtic facial features, and her alchemical-admixture of ‘saying what the people can relate to’ stirred into the broth of ‘this is what needs to be said, sans Narcissistic need for sound bytes’, I doubt I need explain myself. ;)

As you ‘grok’, ‘parse’ and ‘get’ on an intuitive level. Hence the beauty of your blog :) Yes, I’ve been complimentary to you here (as opposed to ‘flattering’; you understand the difference**). But since you’ve said you’ve had a fair amount of ‘hate-mail’ from folks whom ‘don’t get it’, why should I not post something nice, with naught [’nowt’?] to gain, redressing the imbalance?

Don’t we adore Caitlin Moran for spending time redressing imbalances? ;)

I dunno what Doyenne Moran would say to that; all I know is that you and I would be enchanted/bewitched by whatever she said, as she arched one of them Gaelic ‘Morrigu/Morrigan eyebrows, no matter WHAT she said. *sigh*

In closing, I could compliment you on many things, but I’ll settle for ‘you’re funny as foooook’. Even if ‘selfie-tard culture’ fails to grasp why, for reasons you are indubitably aware of.


*Oh yes, I use the asterisk for contextual reasons as do you! lol

**Also why I write this in detailed/long-form to you, in respect to you, lest everything on the net be reduced to ‘caption for Instagram’ minimalist tripe

Ashton Lamont said...

Why Thank you most kindly! After an evening of dodging knife-wielding trolls on Twitter calling for blood (and not mind due to the Megan is Missing review) that's fair cheered me up!

Unknown said...

I'm very sorry you've suffered at the (oh-so-onanistically-busy hands) of (most likely) SJW trolls whom don't 'get' Aspergic Wit and Charm, yet seem to enjoy augmenting their pseudo-humanist resumes by penning articles about Spectrum People, or speaking on tax-payer funded radio about them. I doubt that I need explain that. :(

meanwhile, to lighten the mood, I'd put in a vote for your 'fancy but shouldn't' posts: Agatha Raisin. Yeah, she's presented as 'Geordie-ish', but the series seems to portray her as more of a defacto Sots 'Peachy Bum With Big Brains', which must be indubitably be Caitlin Moran-approved.

Sorry for my delay in reply; my ex has been diagnosed with gall stones (she's 2nd generation Glaswegian Aussie, so diets are at play), but there have been other things doctors have found that are frightening her. Blood in areas that lead to 'ovarian worries'. You understand how that affects 'internet reply time', on deeper issues, because we both know how 'emotions run deep'. Meaning the neuro-normal narcissistic bull-shite perception of Aspergy Folk as 'lacking-empathy', 'focussed on pragmatic issues', etc. Which is not true, butbhas been convenient for folks sucking-up to 'selfie-tard' pseudo-culture.

Sadly, this is no-doubt part-and-parcel of why you've suffered 'troll-farts' on twitter (as you mentioned above), shallow and eggy ones.

And more sadly, indicative of folks hom have never spent any social time with folks whom 'see the Patterns', thus cannot appreciate the beauty of them, even gob-shites whom merely wish to make a 'score' on Big Brother whom claim to 'see all sides of other people'(whatta laugh). I doubt Caitlin would balk at that. ;)

all the best,


Ashton Lamont said...

Your suggestion is noted! Agatha Raisin has now joined the hallowed ranks of the secret crushes!