Anyone who caught horror anthology V/H/S at Frightfest this year were treated to a truly brilliant collection of short films by some of horrors best up and coming directors. Granted not all the stories worked, but those that did made up for the weaker ones, making VHS an essential purchase for any horror fan. I loved it, and you can read my review here
A sequel to the film is already on the way, featuring even bigger directors than before, with the likes of Gareth Evans (The Raid), Eduardo Sanchez (Lovely Molly, The Blair Witch Project), Jason Eisner (Hobo With a Shotgun) and Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre, The ABC’s of Death) joining a returning Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die) and Simon Barrett (You’re Next).
However, before we get to carried away talking about the sequel, there is some ultra cool news about the release of V/H/S. The film arrives for a limited cinema release here in the UK on 18th January 2013, and will then land on DVD and Blu-ray on 28th January. However, Momentum are also releasing the film in a more traditional way which suits the film perfectly.
Total Film have reported that there will be just 300 copies made available here in the UK on an actual VHS tape, how cool is that! Each copy will be individually numbered, and Momentum have really done their research to get the presentation just right. They have made the film so that it comes in a rental sized video box, and it even has a rental sale price sticker of £60. Now, I worked in a video rental store for years, and yes they were £60 a copy, so the price sticker is yet another cool nod to the glory days of VHS.
Not only that, but considering the films intentional poor quality, it would be like owning a banned copy of one of those Video Nasties all over again! This is a great idea by Momentum, and the perfect collectors item. There are no details yet about how you can get hold of a copy for yourself, but Total Film report that Momentum are planning something special in January to allow fans to get hold of a copy.
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.
Thanks to HCF reader Kyle Daniels for the heads up!
(Source: Total Film)
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