‘V/H/S’ TV Spot & Clip Promise an Escalating Series of Scares [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 29th, 2012 at 2:18 pm,

After the success of films like [REC] and Paranormal Activity, it was inevitable that a studio would take the found-footage horror genre and push it to its logical extreme. Since most of the films that utilize the format center on a singular conceit or gimmick, there was bound to be a film that discovered a way to maximize scares, while still feeling fresh the whole way through.

That film appears to be V/H/S, a found-footage anthology that comprises several different found-footage films, each one promising to be scarier than the next.

With not one but five proven directors and one unproven directing group (Radio Silence) at the helm, V/H/S benefits from a continually fresh perspective, and more importantly, several unique takes on how to make the audience members fear for their lives. A new TV spot for the film has been released which stresses that point, and while not as informative about each short story’s narrative as the film’s first trailer, it highlights some of the film’s more ingenious scares.

Obviously, horror fans that have already committed to V/H/S might want to consider skipping the spot, though, since it runs the possibility of ruining some of the film’s bone-chilling shots. Having to place nearly every jump scare in the trailer has been a bane of the found-footage genre, but it helps fill the seats come Halloween time.

Check out a clip from the film:

To help give V/H/S some semblance of structure, the film has been wrapped around an ongoing narrative that follows a group hired to burglarize an empty house and recover a rare VHS tape. Of course, they end up discovering much more than that and are treated to several haunting home movies.

Joining directing group Radio Silence are Ti West (The Innkeepers), Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Joe Swanberg (Alexander the Last), Glenn McQuaid, and David Bruckner (The Signal) – each adding their signature flair for the morbid. Both Bruckner and West have achieved moderate success combining the horror and found-footage, whereas the other directors – save for Radio Silence – have been able to deliver the chills using more conventional filmmaking.

VHS TV Spot V/H/S TV Spot & Clip Promise an Escalating Series of Scares [Updated]

There was some major buzz surrounding V/H/S coming out of Sundance, but unfortunately a lot of that forward momentum has been lost on its way to an October theatrical release. Thankfully, if things are still going according to plan, hopeful horror fans can view the anthology On Demand sooner before later.

V/H/S releases theatrically on October 5, 2012 and will premiere On Demand starting August 3oth.


Source: Shock Till You Drop


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  1. i´ve watched it. the shaky cam is a bit too much, but the storys are very creepy. i would give it 4 of 5 stars.

  2. Watched it with my wife. We didn’t find any of the stories that scary, in fact, it’s more gory than scary. Practically nothing is explained, and none of the stories have enough time to make you believe in the characters, so you just don’t care.

    I was most dissapointed with Ti West’s short (HOTD was one of my favorite horror films, and I loved the Innkeepers) it just wasn’t scary, it was boring and lacked tension.

    I rated it on IMBD and gave it a review, I believe my score was around 3/10. It just isn’t good.

    • Let me also add, some of the acting is absolutely horrendous. Especially the short directed by “Radio Silence”…the antagonist is possibly one of the worst actresses I’ve ever seen, and the visuals looked like a kid put them together. It felt like they tried to mix The Ring with the Slender Man, minus the scary, it was just laughably bad.

      • I’m not sure you’re talking about the Radio Silence short. I’m one of the directors in Radio Silence and we did the Haunted House segment at the end. Unless you really are talking about our segment, to which I say, thank you for the criticism, we will fix that in future projects. Thanks for watching dude.

        • what radio silence ? you are one of the directors and you thank someone who made your work so down? o.k. the second part with the freaky girl is alone worth to watch,i can´t remember your work,i must have fell asleep or something.

        • i´ve understand that you are one of the directors from -radio silence-. so you say you have worked on this part of the film,but you are not sure ? hahawtf

        • Actually, you’re right. I was wrong. The short I was talking about was the one that took place in the woods. The haunted house short was actually the best out of all of them, it actually had some originality to it. Good job on that, and I apologize for my mistake.

    • Hmm, that’s too bad. Ti West was the main reason I was interested in checking this out.

      • That’s who’s film I was most excited to see, it was also the most disappointing.

  3. Indeed, bad and disappointing movie. Don’t believe the hype, skip this one.

  4. it´s your choice to watch it. i´ve found it watchable and creepy. so i stay to my 4 stars why should i make a hype. it´s a good horror movie among other horror movies.

    • No one was arguing your choice, we were just replying to the article with our thoughts on it.

      What about it did you think was creepy? And what other horror movies are you comparing it to?

      I recently watched Cabin in the Woods and found it to be fantastic, not necessarily scary, but it was a great horror film. I’d say the last movie that actually frightened me was The Innkeepers, which was one of the reasons I was excited for V/H/S.

      • yes -cabin in the woods- was cool. and in v.h.s i have found the second part creepy,i think it´s better then – the appirition- or -the tall man- because you wanted to know some horror movies . it´s the better one under those movies. or must i compare it to some more movies. but,i don´t want to type my fingers wound. but,now you´ve give the film your negative opinion,if it´s not your type of movie,then you mustn´t be so defensive against me,maybe other people will like it,like me.

        • Yeah, I don’t know about either of those horror films, Apparition and The Tall Man, both look pretty terrible to me, and Apparition is getting horrible reviews.

          Have you seen The Innkeepers? I felt that movie had some pretty scary moments.

        • Also, I wasn’t defensive, I was just asking what you thought about it that was scary.

          For the “second part” which short was that? I thought I remember the second part being the Ti West short, with the husband and wife on a trip together….

          • i´ve wrote that all before your comments have landed on screenrant dude,i wouldn´t if i had read your 2 comments now. i must watch -inkeepers- and i must look who made the second clip of -v.h.s- i don´t know which director made it. -the apparition- has get a historical 0.5 stars on screenrant,that´s bad. and he did give -v.h.s- 3 stars today,it was okay for me. peace zach.

      • all those blabla,sorry but some people give me headaches. always try to turn the words in my mouth,is that tactic. i feel punked. i make a statement about something,and all reactions if i´ve write something positive or negative are most defensive reaction. don´t take all things so deadserious,we are talking about movies here.

        • Wow man, chill out. I wasn’t attacking you or anything, I was trying to start up an honest conversation on the movie.

  5. Does anyone know if it will be on Directv on demand ?

    • i think it is actually on video to demand,i have watched it in high quality. but, i just think it is,you must check it.

  6. I hate found footage movies. That is all.

  7. Just watched this movie on itunes. Anyone who reads this please, for the love of all that is holy, stay away from this film. Come October, there will be better horror flicks than this one, that’s guaranteed.