Directors: Adam Wingard, Ti West, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner
Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil,
Joe Sykes, Hannah Fierman, Mike Donlan, Drew Sawyer, Drew Moerlein,
Jason Yachanin, Helen Rogers, Jas Samms
Release info: Sold at Sundance to Magnolia Pictures; a Fall 2012 release is expected
Why you should be excited:
but if you’re sick and tired of horror’s recent obsession with
found-footage movies, you’re shit out of luck. Now that The Devil Inside has continued the box office domination sent into motion by the Paranormal Activity
franchise, the first-person POV style isn’t going anywhere; thankfully,
though, a crew of the genre’s most exciting independent filmmakers have
banded together to create the impossible: a legitimately great and
genuinely terrifying found-footage movie.
Or so says every single person who caught the Sundance premiere of V/H/S,
a horror anthology dreamt up by Bloody Disgusting’s webmaster Brad
Miska, and directed by, amongst others, Adam Wingard (the buzz-earner
behind 2012’s most anticipated horror flick, You’re Next) and The House Of The Devil shot-caller Ti West.
V/H/S progresses as a group of Jackass-like
criminals dig up old cassette tapes for a mysterious employer, and on
said tapes they see a road trip gone to hell, horny guys (one of whom
wears glasses with a hidden camera) propositioning the wrong girls, an
extremely haunted house, two long-distance lovers unknowingly Skyping
with a ghost, and a serial killer's murder presented in first-person. If
done properly, the found-footage approach can yield frightening results
(see: [REC]), and, for old-school horror junkies, there’s nothing better than a strong anthology film (see: Creepshow); excitingly, the early word-of-mouth on V/H/S/ is that it combines the best of both templates.