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Laramie Movie Scope: V/H/S

Found footage horror shows

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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November 22, 2012 -- This found-footage film consists of a series of bloody bizarre stories very loosely bound together through a cover story of men breaking into a remote house to steal a rare videotape. These thieves make their living by attacking women and taking vulgar semi-nude videos of them, among other unsavory deeds.

After entering the remote house, they find it is mostly empty, except for a room filed with video equipment and a dead man in a chair. As the men scatter through the house, looking for the video tape, one man watches some VHS tapes in the room with the dead man. These tapes tell stories of monsters and murder. These are all varieties of horror stories: slasher videos, snuff videos, a vampire story and even one with a bit of science fiction in it.

There are many disturbing images in this film, throats are cut, people are impaled by sharp objects, people are torn apart, eaten, murdered in various ways. In short, this film is not for the squeamish. It is just for hard-core horror fans who like a lot of blood with their movies. There is also some nudity in some of the film segments. If that sort of thing turns you on, this is your kind of movie.

I assume most of this film was shot with video cameras. There is one sequence that is supposed to be captured by webcams. It consists of a variety of web video chats between a man and his girlfriend. It involves some sort of kitchen-variety surgery in which something that looks like a fetus is removed from a woman's body. This is the science fiction story, which involves some kind of sick, elaborate biological experiment.

One of the more interesting segments is about some men who encounter women in a bar. They take the women to a motel room with the intention of having sex with them and making a video sex tape of the encounter, using a hidden digital video recording system. One of the women they hope to victimize turns on them and hunts them down. She kills them and eats them. She is some kind of vampire.

Another strange segment involves two men and two women who travel to a remote lake where they are systematically killed by some evil force which seems to be only partly visible. It is able to move at very high speed, without making a distorted image on the tape. Although these segments are all supposed to be on video tape, some were obviously made with digital cameras and the video was transferred to VHS tape later. Why someone would do that is not explained. There is a lot in this film that makes no sense.

This is not the sort of film I would choose to watch, but it is awards season and the DVD was sent to me, so I watched it. I don't care for this kind of horror film and I found it hard to watch. This film really creeped me out, and I guess that is what this kind of film is supposed to do. I do not, however, recommend that you watch this film unless you are a fan of bloody horror films. This is not my kind of film at all. It rates a D.

Click here for links to places to buy or rent this movie in digital formats, or to buy the soundtrack, posters, books, even used videos, games, electronics and lots of other stuff. I suggest you shop at least two of these places before buying anything. Prices seem to vary continuously. For more information on this film, click on this link to The Internet Movie Database. Type in the name of the movie in the search box and press enter. You will be able to find background information on the film, the actors, and links to much more information.

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Copyright © 2012 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder.
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