Sundance 2012 Video Blog: Awesome New Horror Anthology 'V/H/S'
by Alex Billington
January 26, 2012
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.