VHS is back. Thanks to relentless, stubborn collectors of the outdated format, along with boutique companies like Mondo reissuing forgotten gems on VHS, we will likely never live in a world where videotapes no longer exist. VHS isn’t just kitsch or hipster cool, it’s a legitimate format preferred by certain film fans — in part because there are still so many films that never made the transition from video to DVD, much less Blu-ray. One clever French artist has married the vintage sensibility with modernity, creating classic covers of contemporary films and television shows.
With the ongoing success of the 'V/H/S' series, horror anthologies are officially back. There's something wonderfully old school about these types of movies, where instead of one narrative, we follow three to five completely separate stories. A great horror anthology is just pure horror pleasure: you get several great stories for the price of one. The first 'V/H/S' film brought this concept to the 21st century by making every segment found footage and 'V/H/S 2' upped the ante in every way. So the third film in the franchise has a high bar to surpass and the new trailer makes us confident that they're doing everything in their power to do so.
'V/H/S' may not be the best found footage horror movie to date, but it's easily the most literal. This anthology of scary shorts is connected by a framing story about a bunch of thugs hired to break into a house and retrieve a VHS tape. When they arrive, they discover a dead man seated in front of a wall of televisions and a cache of videocassettes. In order to locate the right one, they have to watch the various tapes one by one. Each is more disturbing than the last.
October is upon us, which means we've got some delightfully scary movies hitting theaters, but it also means we're approaching awards season. So there's some serious contenders getting releases as well, like Ben Affleck's 'Argo' and the Wachowski's 'Cloud Atlas.' Scary or serious this month? Why not both? Treat yourselves!
Though horror anthology films are often hit and miss, we're excited for the release of 'V/H/S,' not only because of the talent involved, but also because it was produced by Bloody Disgusting's Brad Miska. Check out the red-band trailer...