‘V/H/S’ Red-Band Trailer: Horror Directors Unite for Chilling Found-Footage Anthology

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 20th, 2012 at 6:14 am,

Every year brings yet another indie horror film that earns big buzz on the festival circuit, and then blows up into a box office phenomenon. Saw, Paranormal Activity - the list goes on.

A contender to be the big horror success story of 2012 is V/H/S, a short film anthology consisting of five chapters of what some people say is one of the scariest films in years (never heard that before). But then again, judging from the trailer, there is a legitimate chance that V/H/S could make good on its claim.

The film seems to fit in the vein of the wonderful Spanish found-footage film, [REC], while still offering the choice buffet of different types of horror, as seen in some great cult-classics like Twilight Zone: The Movie or Creepshow. Just writing that combination gets me a little excited.

Here’s an official synopsis for V/H/S:

V/H/S is a POV, found footage horror film from the perspective of America’s top genre filmmakers. In ‘V/H/S’, a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house in the countryside and acquire a rare tape. Upon searching the house, the guys are confronted with a dead body, a hub of old televisions and an endless supply of cryptic footage, each video stranger and more inexplicable than the last…

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VHS Movie Poster 2012 V/H/S Red Band Trailer: Horror Directors Unite for Chilling Found Footage Anthology

The group of writer/directors that made the anthology - Ti West (House of the Devil), Joe Swanberg (Autoerotic), Radio Silence (a club of filmmakers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Adam Wingard (You’re Next), and Glenn McQuaid (Stakeland) - have all had some pretty good success on the indie circuit  (save Radio Silence, who are making their feature-film debut). More importantly, the indie directors have all shown real creativity in their filmmaking – often with few resources and small budgets.

To see them getting together and applying their collective talents to a project like this, should immediately excite any horror fan; even those who typically hate found-footage projects. By keeping things cut into short segments, it also avoids the danger of cheesy “filler” moments that get squeezed into found-footage horror flicks, in order to kill time between…well, kills. In fact, thinking about it, anthology format might be the best thing to happen to found-footage since the sub-genre got started.

VHS Red Band Trailer V/H/S Red Band Trailer: Horror Directors Unite for Chilling Found Footage Anthology

Response from the festival circuit has been strong; V/H/S was a standout at both Sundance and  SXSW, with everyone from high-brow critics to Internet genre geeks at least complimenting the movie for some impressive merits (even if there are a few shortcomings, as well). Luckily, fans won’t have to wait forever to see it, if they’re interested:

V/H/S will screen at a home theater near you when it premieres On Demand starting August 31st; it will be in theaters weeks later, on October 5, 2012.

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  1. Ok that looks good. This might be one of the few horror films that I actually think will be worth watching and liking.

    Paranormal Activity,The Blair Witch Project and more – laughingly bad.
    Descent, The Hills Have eyes and more – very bad.
    Dog Soldiers, Event Horizon, the classic Hammer Horror films, and more (possibly this) – good.

  2. s*** that looks good

  3. It’s so hard to judge what’s scary any longer. I don’t remember the last time I watched a film that scared me. It’s probably bee 15+ years and all the horror over the last 10 years that’s been touted as being horrific or scary, just isn’t. Flash cuts and jump scares doesn’t equal horrific for me. it just means the producers couldn’t legitimately frighten us and resorted to cheap tactics. And a couple times a year, this type of stuff pops up and claims to be “it”. Found footage just doesn’t make something scarier. I just have a hard time believing any of this any longer.

    I guess I’m jaded.

    • @ Strich
      I don’t think you sound jaded. If so then maybe I am too.
      I’m a horror junkie. For some reason, good or bad I watch but except maybe for moments of Insidious I can’t remember the last time I was scared. I’m talking flat out turn the lights on, hum a happy tune and pray I can fall to sleep scared. Yes, part of it is over exposure and seen a seen it all mentality but it’s mostly because what’s considered horror these days is a joke.
      Torture Porn, Found Footage and Remakes are all that we seem to get these days.

  4. Its definitely been hard for Hollywood to reach the soul tormenting horror that movies like The Exorcist, The Omen and Amityville Horror could provide. I always have high hopes when I see a new preview but always leave unsatisfied.

  5. STOP PLEASE STOP with the found footage we know its fake now we all seen blair witch

    • Did you take time to watch the trailer? It actually looks creepy/scary as hell IMHO.


  6. Definitely going to see this. Something tells me that I’ll be on the edge of my seat the whole time.

  7. Was that supposed to be a ghost that popped out and ran through the doorway or was it like her little sister…?

  8. Wow, that looked pretty good. So in the article it says in theatres Septemeber but he trailer says October, which one?

    • Eric,

      Looks like October 5th is the correct date – we’ve updated the article.



      • Its magnet though so it’s going to be released in select theaters.

      • It also appears it will have an On Demand release on August 31.

  9. Couple parts look scary as hell. The little girl running through the door, the woman that says “I like you” and a bit more. Will have to check this out.

    I like “found footage” forr horror films only because I feel more immersed in the film, POV is scarier than the other crap IMO.

  10. Not really a horror fan, but this looks pretty good!

  11. Just got finished watching this movie and reviewing it. It was awesome. Not a fan of found footage films but making this in an anthology style was brilliant. The movie worked well and was not only pretty brutal in some scenes but genuinely scary as well, especially in the last segment. One of the best horror films I’ve seen in a long while. Great work on it.

  12. I saw this last night at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL, and it was edge-of-your-seat scary. Definitely worth watching. I’m not a jaded horror movie addict, but I’m also not scared by gore. All of the individual films were good combinations of suspense with some gore thrown in when needed. Yes, the found footage aspect is a little tired, and it makes a clip or two (especially the background story of finding the VHS tapes) difficult to watch. Although, if you can get past the initial blair-witch-shaky-camera annoyance until they start showing found footage interpretations of the other directors then you will be rewarded with an excellent variety of suspense horror.