Scarlet Fry returns with another ghoulish Horror anthology in DEATH BY VHS: "Insert Cassette. Press Play... DIE!" Two teens purchase a collection of VHS tapes from a shady dealer after hearing that they possess a drug-like affect on their viewers. Unfortunately for them, it's true! In the first featurette, a disfigured girl finally gets a chance at living a normal life after drinking a magic elixir, but the side effects driver her batty. The second story follows the last survivor of the zombie apocalypse, who decides if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Third comes a classic holiday tale about a mentally-challenged boy who just wants one thing for Christmas: Revenge! Next, an abused housewife gets back at her alcoholic husband after consuming (you guessed it) a magic potion. Finally, Jesus Christ, himself, must stop a crazed Easter Bunny from committing any more murders using a little divine intervention. "Lepus" is the only one of these atrocious shorts that is even remotely watchable, and it earns a few guilty laughs in spite of (or possible because of?) its poor production quality. The rest of the segments are as awfully acted as they are scripted, and are impossible to sit through sober. Fortunately, the film is mostly inaudible as not to trouble the viewer with the inane dialog. Fry runs each film through a cheap computer program to artificially age the footage, but the filter just keeps running the same effect over and over again ad nauseam. None of the stories (save for "Lepus") contain any worthwhile frights, gore, or suspense, making it impossible to recommend the feature to anyone outside of the Troma fanbase.
Movies like DEATH BY VHS:
NIGHTMARE ALLEY, HANGER, CREEP VAN, MILLENNIUM BUG, V/H/S, CREEPSHOW 3.
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