V/H/S is a horror anthology of found footage goodness that is guaranteed to scare even the hardest of horror fans. With five stories and a overall plot to join the dots, there is something here for everyone. My personal favourites were David Bruckner’s opening segment about a group of lads trying to trick two girls into filming a porno (trust me, things go wrong!) and the final segment directed by Radio Silence.
Radio Silence is a collective of four writers and producers who make their directorial debut with the final segment in V/H/S. Made up of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Justin Martinez, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella, their story is absolutely terrifying, and takes the film into incredibly creepy territory. Considering this is their first attempt at directing, there is something truly special about this and we will be hearing a lot more from this collective if this is how good their first directing job is.
A new red band clip from Radio Silence’s segment has gone on-line, and you can view it (if you are brave enough) at the bottom of this post.
V/H/S is directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg and Radio Silence, all of whom write along with screenwriters: Simon Barrett, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence.
When a group of petty criminals are hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.
Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game today, this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again.
By Matt Wavish