[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vhs-poster_510_3635.jpg]]'''''V/H/S''''' is a 2012 FoundFootage {{anthology}} film directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn [=McQuaid=], Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence.

A group of hoodlums are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape. Upon arriving, they discover the dead body of the owner and stacks of videotapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.

* Tape 56: The frame story.
* Amateur Night: Three college guys plan on videotaping their sexual encounters and get more than they bargained for when they pick up a strange woman from the bar.
* Second Honeymoon: A couple on a road trip are stalked by a mysterious stranger.
* Tuesday the 17th: A group of twenty-somethings party in the woods and are stalked by an entity that can only be viewed via videorecorder.
* The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger: A girl talking with her boyfriend via webcam believes that she is being plagued by paranormal phenomenon.
* 10/31/98: A foursome heads to a Halloween party only to find out that the house hosting it is abandoned.

A sequel titled ''[[{{Film/VHS2}} V/H/S/2 ]]'' was made in 2013, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. It features shorts from Gareth Evans & Timo Tjahjanto, Eduardo Sanchez & Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett. Watch the teaser trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38OOLoymvYQ here.]] A second sequel entitled [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3704538/?ref_=nv_sr_3 V/H/S: Viral]] is scheduled for release October 23, 2014.
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!!'''This movie provides examples of the following:'''

* AManIsAlwaysEager: [[DefiedTrope Defied]] like hell by both Clint in "Amateur Night" and Joey in "Tuesday the 17th" - both are put-off by the circumstances (Clint's [[spoiler: broken arm and recently-murdered friends]] and Joey [[spoiler: being told a ''very'' flimsy excuse about the absence of their friends]] before being propositioned.).
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Lily from "Amateur Night" is fairly cute, if slightly creepy - [[spoiler: when she transforms, not so much.]]
* [[spoiler: AlienAbduction]]: Strongly implied to be the cause of the events in "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger", coupled with [[spoiler: FaceFullOfAlienWingWong, given that James removes what looks to be a fetus from Emily's torso, just below the ribs]].
* AlienGeometries: The house in "10/31/98" has this.
* AllPartOfTheShow: The initial reaction of the protagonists in "10/31/98" when they [[spoiler: stumble upon an exorcism in the attic, gleefully chanting "Cast him down!"]] - until they see the woman get smacked ''hard''.
* AllThereInTheManual: The audio commentary for "Tuesday the 17th" reveals a bit more about the nature of the Glitch, such as the fact that people killed by it become Glitch monsters themselves.
* ApocalypticLog
* ArcWords: "I like you."
* AssholeVictim: While some of the characters in the vignettes fit, the ones in "Tape 56" take the cake. They're a bunch of thugs who spend their time vandalizing houses and forcibly pulling up girl's tops.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead]]: The dead man found by the group in "Tape 56", though we don't learn how.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Wendy]] in "Tuesday the 17th". Also [[spoiler:James]] from "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger". But the crowning example would be [[spoiler: Stephanie]] from "Second Honeymoon"
* BodyHorror: In ''Amateur Night" Lily starts out with scales on her feet, which [[OnlySaneMan only Clint notices]], and as things get worse she gets a strange maw-like crease down her face. [[spoiler: At the end she goes outright OneWingedAngel]]. This is also the subject of "The Sick Thing That Happened To Emily When She Was Younger"; at first Emily gets a small bump on her arm, which she suspects is from bruising. Later she [[spoiler: digs inside her arm with a scalpel and a kitchen skewer after suspecting something in there]]. But the crowning moment has to be [[spoiler:the reveal that she's pregnant with an alien spawn... and it's heavily implied this isn't the first time.]]
* BookEnds: "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger" opens with a webcam chat between the title character and James, in which Emily complains about her arm and undresses for the camera. [[spoiler:At the end, James switches to a different chat and has almost exactly the same conversation with a different girl, revealing that Emily isn't the only one who has experienced this]]. Also an example of HereWeGoAgain.
* BystanderSyndrome: In "Amateur Night", the hotel clerks don't let in a [[spoiler: man with an ''obviously'' broken arm]], condemning him to his fate.
* CameraAbuse: [[spoiler:Every story ends with the camera operator murdered, and in a few the camera definitely gets destroyed (leading one to wonder how the old man got the tapes). In "Tuesday the 17th" a splash of blood ends up on the camera and remains there for the rest of the segment.]]
** The last shot of "Amateur Night" suggests that the cameraman's camera glasses fall off and hit the ground [[spoiler:after Lily swoops down and carries him off]].
* CosmicHorrorStory: There's certainly implications of this trope at work in most of the stories, most noticably in "10/31/98" and "Tape 56".
* CrapsackWorld: If indeed all the tapes, including the ones from the sequel(s?) take place in the same world then everybody is screwed. You have malevolent [[spoiler:aliens]], ghosts, monster/ghost/demons that look like digital glitches, succubus, an insane cult that brought a rampaging demon into the world and what looks like a ZombieApocalypse, an evil corporation (or at least a neglectful one), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking psycho lesbians.]]
* CreepyChild: The [[spoiler:aliens in "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger" look like this.]]
* CryForTheDevil: A more literal example than most, as it seems [[spoiler: that Lily, a succubus in disguise, was quite sincere about liking Clint, and actually seems to be ''suppressing'' her tendencies to pair up with him. Then Lisa passes out, and Lily gives into her tendencies when Shane presses the issue]]. The portion in the stairwell is what underscores this most.
* DeathBySex: "Amateur Night", [[HornyDevils for obvious reasons]]. It crosses over with KarmicDeath.
* DemonicPossession: In "10/31/98" and possibly in "Tape 56".
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Happens quite a bit, even with the short running time with each story.
* DullSurprise: James in "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger". Justified due to the fact that [[spoiler:he's in league with the aliens.]]
** And when Gary finds [[spoiler: the bodies of his friends]], the appropriate reaction ''probably'' shouldn't be to laughingly say "Oh, fuck".
* DwindlingParty: The hooligans from "Tape 56" go missing one by one.
* EldritchLocation: The house in "10/31/98" definitely qualifies.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:James from "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger" who prevents the children from killing Emily. Possibly subverted in that he may have been doing it for the sake of avoiding unnecessary police attention. But he does show a degree of care for her.]]
** A minor one on "Amateur Night". Shane wasn't outright evil, but his intentions for the night certainly were less than honourable, since the plan was to film the sexual intercourse without the girl's knowledge. But once Lisa falls unconscious in drunken stupor, he stops his attempts with her.
* ElectromagneticGhosts: The killer in "Tuesday the 17th" is invisible and can only show up on tape as interference.
* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead: The old man in "Tape 56" constantly disappears from his seat, only to show up in the same spot after disposing of the body of whoever was left alone with him]].
* FanDisservice: Bare breasts, buttocks, and male and female genitalia. All featured during disturbing pseudo-rape sequences or murders. In particular, there's Lily in "Amateur Night", whom we get to see, fully nude, going down on a guy...[[spoiler:''after'' having turned into a monster]]. [[spoiler:She's actually quite hurt that he's terrified rather than aroused.]] One of the last shots in "Second Honeymoon" is [[spoiler:Stephanie, in her bra, making out with her PsychoLesbian lover... while there is blood all over the latter's hands. ''Sam's'' blood]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Last we see of Clint from "Amateur Night", poor guys being carried off somewhere by Lily, screaming the entire time.]]
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Wendy in "Tuesday the 17th", but it's subverted; she is the one responsible for all the deaths, as she lured her friends up to the mountains to use as bait to catch the killer.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "Second Honeymoon", Stephanie and Sam use an electronic fortune-telling machine, and by the end of the segment, both of their fortunes come true in a twisted way: [[spoiler: Sam gets a fortune about someone close to him not being trustworthy, and ends up betrayed and murdered by his wife. Stephanie gets one about having a happy reunion with someone, and she and her girlfriend leave together as {{Karma Houdini}}s]]
** The main characters in "10/31/98" have to stop at a railroad crossing on the way to the party. On the return trip, [[spoiler:the possessed woman they tried to rescue makes the car stall in the middle of the same railroad crossing, causing them to be hit by the oncoming train.]]
*** They also tease one another about [[spoiler:people reaching out of the walls]] when they start to explore the house, and the guy dressed as a teddy bear nanny-cam finds the same torn-up teddy bear in two different rooms.
** The dead pig found by the characters in "Tuesday the 17th" [[spoiler:has its intestine draped over the ground, just like what happens to Wendy at the end]].
*** [[spoiler: Wendy's comment that the Glitch could be in two places at once. A few minutes later, she succeeds in killing the Glitch... only to be attacked and killed by a second Glitch a few moments later.]]
* FoundFootageFilms
* FreezeFrameBonus: In "Amateur Night", right as Clint approaches Lily and Shane to talk Shane out of having sex with her, [[spoiler: there are two long bruises on either side of her spine, foreshadowing her wings coming out at the end to carry Clint off]].
* GenderEqualEnsemble: Mostly averted, but in "Tuesday the 17th" there are two guys and two girls.
* GroinAttack: A ''very'' horrifying version in "Amateur Night" when [[spoiler: Lily rips out '''all''' of Patrick's tackle]]. Thankfully, the guy was dead by this point.
* HornyDevils: Lily, the girl from "Amateur Night", is a succubus-type creature.
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler: Every supernatural foe encountered]] fits this trope, but Lily and the Glitch stand out in terms of weirdness.
* InterfaceScrew: Strongest in "Tuesday the 17th" as the killer's presence always makes the picture begin to break up, but ultimately used in all of them since non-professional footage almost always includes lag, freezing and pixelization. Noticeable as well in "The Sick Thing that Happened to Emily When She Was Younger" as they're using video chat, which is notorious for "cubing out". So naturally, it happens to Emily's image a couple of times.
** As one reviewer pointed out, the directors used this to their advantage by timing (probable) cuts with when the cassetes glitch, making it far more seamless than it otherwise would be.
* {{Jerkass}}: Everyone in the movie except for Emily in "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger", and the guys in "10/31/98", who are merely GenreBlind.
* JitterCam: Throughout. And given what the protagonists of each segment are facing, very, ''very'' [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
* LetsSplitUpGang: While it's mostly averted, the protagonists in "Tape 56" fall into this with predictable results.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:[[PsychoLesbian Stephanie and her lover]], who kill Sam and escape.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Wendy from "Tuesday the 17th" gets gutted by the killer after manipulating her friends into coming up to the mountain as bait to try and capture him.]] "Amateur Night" ends with [[spoiler:two of the guys killed by Lily and one being carried away by her; it's vague what happens to him afterward, but you know it isn't going to be pleasant.]]
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: A completely justified version in "Amateur Night", since [[spoiler: Clint's left arm ''just'' suffered a compound fracture while trying to flee from Lily, who tries to initiate a blowjob while coated in the blood of his friends]].
* MeaningfulName: Lily from "Amateur Night" has a name that sounds similar to (and is sometimes used as a diminutive form of) Lilith, which happens to be the name of a mythological succubus.
* MuggingTheMonster: Well, more like [[spoiler:''raping'' the monster, as Patrick in "Amateur Night" is bitten when he tries to initiate a threesome with Lily and Shane. This is pretty much when everybody begins to understand that Lily isn't just drunk or high, and is what sparks her complete transformation into...whatever she is.]]
* {{Mundanger}}: [[spoiler:"Second Honeymoon"]] is the only segment, counting the sequel, where there is most probably nothing supernatural going on. [[spoiler:The villains are a PsychoLesbian couple with nothing really abnormal about them aside from being AxCrazy]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: In "10/31/98" the four main characters interrupt an exorcism and "save" the possessed girl, allowing her to go free and kill them all.]]
** Given that [[spoiler: they came upon 4 men chanting something weird, surrounding a chained-up girl while one of them held a knife]], conclusion-jumping is pretty understandable.
* TheNineties: in "10/31/98", two of the four friends go out to the Halloween party dressed as contemporary news items, the Unabomber and the Nanny Cam.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: in "10/31/98", [[spoiler: those guys really shouldn't have gone back to rescue that girl.]]
* NoNameGiven: The killer in "Tuesday the 17th", referred to in the credits simply as, "[[CameraScrew The Glitch]]".
** Similarly, the [[spoiler:aliens]] in "The Sick Thing That Happened To Emily When She Was Younger".
* NothingIsScarier: Invoked here and there, but really, much of what happens has no explanation, or very sparse. Even in "Tape 56" the thugs aren't sure what they're looking for, or whose house this is. It's implied they don't even know who hired them. And we have no idea how or why [[spoiler:the dead old man comes BackFromTheDead]].
** In full force during "Second Honeymoon", when, after their encounter with a would-be hitch-hiker after dark, [[spoiler: said hitch-hiker is ''in their room'', recording them both with their own camera while wielding a switchblade]]. Nothing happens that night.
* ObliviouslyEvil: [[spoiler:Possibly Lily from "Amateur Night" and the aliens from "The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger".]]
* OhCrap: Wendy in "Tuesday The 17th" when she realizes [[spoiler:the Glitch has used either OffscreenTeleportation to escape her carefully constructed trap, or that a second Glitch had found her]].
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sober Man]]: In "Amateur Night", Clint is the only one who notices something's... off with Lily. Quite ironic given that he's ''also'' the one she's most interested in.
* OverlyLongTitle: "The Sick Thing That Happened To Emily When She Was Younger".
* [[spoiler:PsychoLesbian]]: The "twist" of "Second Honeymoon" is that [[spoiler:the stalker and the wife are in fact lovers who plotted to murder the latter's husband.]]
* RealityIsOutToLunch: For a brief but ''intense'' sequence, the house from "10/31/98" becomes the site of a rapid-fire example.
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:Lily's creased forehead and deformed feet hint at her true form.]]
* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: [[spoiler:Wendy from "Tuesday the 17th", who uses her friends as bait in order to kill the monster in the woods.]]
* ShownTheirWork: Whether by accident or design, any time the video-cameras pass over a TV-screen, the screens flicker, which was common in the old CRTs shown in the movie.
* SinisterSilhouettes: Played with in "Amateur Night". After Lily kills their friend the others flee into the bathroom, but realise they can't stay there. They emerge into the darkened hotel room to see a shadowy EldritchAbomination, but it's only Lily standing in an odd position.
* SnuffFilm: [[spoiler:''All of them'' EXCEPT [[AvertedTrope "The Sick Thing that Happened to Emily When She Was Younger"]], in which nobody dies.]]
* StylisticSuck: It varies, but is most prominent during the wrap-around segment.
* TrackingDevice: [[spoiler: The lump on Emily's arm]] in the fourth storyline turns out to be one of these.
* TheVirus: The [[WordOfGod audio commentary]] for "Tuesday the 17th" suggests that those killed by the Glitch Monster become Glitch monsters themselves.
* TwistedAnkle: In a surprising [[JustForPun twist]], it happens twice to ''male'' horror movie protagonists. Both [[spoiler: Clint in "Amateur Night" and Gary in "Tape 56"]] took a tumble down the stairs running away from the villain in their respective segments.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lisa's fate in "Amateur Night". It is likely that she survived [[spoiler:since it seems that Lily is a succubus-like creature who only shows interest in men]], but we have no visual confirmation. After all, she was lying unconscious just a couple of feet away from the creature, so who knows?
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