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V/H/S trailer looks damn scary

VHS.jpgThe teaser and blurb I saw for V/H/S when I was researching the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year drew my attention to the film almost immediately. It had a dark allure that caught me before I really saw anything of it, and now the trailer that has been released has compounded my desire to see it.

There are some very strong moments, some moments we've seen before, and some moments that remind me of the forced first perspective camera shots that we see too often in films like Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review). However the good looks like it's going to outweigh the poor.

The film features a clever way of bringing together a number of horror stories. The idea is that a group of criminals have been paid to steal a videotape from a house however the problem is that when they get there the house is stacked with videotapes and they have to go searching for it.

Watching one at a time leads them through the different stories until, we would presume, we return to their story and something that draws all these tapes together.

There are a number of writers and directors on the project, a fair number associated with the Chad, Matt & Rob Interactive Adventure short films, however there's also David Bruckner for The Signal, Glenn McQuaid for I Sell the Dead and Ti West for films like The House of the Devil (Filmstalker review).

Together it looks like they've created an interesting horror anthology, hopefully. Here's the blurb for V/H/S:

When a group of petty criminals is 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.

Hopefully I'll get to see this film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year in the Videotheque later next week when I have some time, however for now I'll have to make do with the trailer which does look rather scary. Here it is through TrailerAddict:

Yeah, there are a couple of first person moments where cameras would be dropped, but there are also some incredibly spooky images and short clips. I'm undoubtedly in.




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