You’d think found-footage style horror has run its course. Not so. It’s just found a new champion in “V/H/S”, and this time they’re going old school. I mean, who even uses the VHS videotape format anymore? Apparently, they still do in some parts of America. And they say WE live on trees. That aside, there is something inherently creepy about this analog format. Its fuzzy, low-res quality tends to hide a lot of detail and as we all know, what you don’t see is far scarier.
That’s what the makers of horror anthology “V/H/S” are playing off. This ultra low-budget flick made its debut at indie film festivals like SXSW, where it reportedly caused some members at the screening to pass out or throw up at some of its more extreme scenes. This distinctly NSFW red-band trailer gives a slight taste of the gore, full-frontal nudity and scares in store. I’m kinda skeptical, but this just might live up to the hype of some critics calling it the best horror film in years.
Here’s the official synopsis: “When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.
Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game today, this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again.”
“V/H/S” is directed by (per segment) Ti West, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Adam Wingard, and Glenn McQuaid. It premieres 5th October in the US. No word on a local release yet, but since horror is very popular here, expect it to make it into our cinemas.