SUNDANCE 2012

Sundance 2012 Video Blog: Awesome New Horror Anthology 'V/H/S'

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January 26, 2012

V/H/S Sundance Video Blog

The found footage "genre" has become trend in Hollywood, with new Paranormal Activity's replacing the Saw films every year, and many more to come. When it comes to horror found footage films, Sundance has a strong history, with Blair Witch Project premiering back in 1999. Jump ahead 13 years to 2012 and here we are with another genre reinvention, this time refreshing the horror anthology idea with a found-footage film titled V/H/S, about VHS footage, produced by Brad Miska of Bloody-Disgusting. It's an awesome collection of six freaky, fantastic horror films rolled into one and we've got our first video blog about it to watch below.

Ethan and I saw V/H/S at its world premiere at midnight earlier this week at Sundance. Here's our video blog, spoiler free, talking about our thoughts on the film and just how awesome this horror anthology was:

V/H/S is a horror anthology shot by six different directors featuring five short horror films, with a sixth wrap-around horror segment that links them all. It's shot and designed to look like it was a VHS tape that some kids found and decided to start watching, with some very creepy footage found on it, and it's awesome.

The directors involved in V/H/S include: Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), Radio Silence, David Bruckner (The Signal, Talk Show), Joe Swanberg (Nights & Weekends, Uncle Kent, Silver Bullets, Art History, Autoerotic) and Ti West (House of the Devil, The Innkeepers). Good news for horror fans who are excited to see this, as Magnolia Pictures acquired the film here at Sundance just yesterday, which means it'll hit VOD and theaters sometime later this year. I had a blast at the screening and loved the first and last shorts (the "party" one, and the haunted house one). This is one of the best horror collections I've seen in years and I'm hoping it blows up when it's finally released.

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  • DAVIDPD
    V/H/S sounds amazing. I don't really get that scared by horror films, but the way you guys were describing it, I am going to need a new pair of underwear after seeing this beast. You guys sounded really psyched for us to see V/H/S/. To me, this sounds like a "paradigm shift" in "found footage" movies.
  • http://twitter.com/darktaxidermist Davide Coppola
    Awesome! Thanks for that. I was like "meh, another anthology" but now that I hear you guys talking about it I really want to check it out :)
  • JBrotsis
    Even though this comment has nothing to do with the article, I'm writing here cuz its the first article at the top of the page but.... Did I miss the memo on why FS doesn't do the "Sound Off" article's getting fans' reviews on the movies just released? Cuz I just saw the midnight showing of "The Grey" and was hoping to give my opinion and help urge people to go see that fantastic movie.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      Please keep on topic... But what are you even talking about? If you would've waited a few hours, you would've seen this pop up immediately this morning: http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/sound-off-joe-carnahans-thriller-the-grey-what-did-you-think/ We do Sound Offs, just for films that are worthy of them, and The Grey is of course one of them. And I posted it Friday morning at 6AM on the release day, so there's nothing to worry about.
      • ur_babys_daddy
        I pictured you taller :)
        • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
          Haha, well we were sitting down at a table! I am pretty tall, 6' 2".
      • JBrotsis
        yea i just saw it now. i never comment on articles that don't interest me but i had to figure a way to get your attention in asking. but i couldn't wait, as you said before, The Grey was such a fantastic movie, i had to start chattin it up! no hard feelings im hoping...i wasn't gettin on you when i posted that comment.
        • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
          No worries, thanks. But in the future please stay on topic and just know that it's coming, no need to jump the gun like this.

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