Found-footage films and I just can’t manage to stay away from each other it seems. Judging from the reviews and rumblings from those who saw its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, V/H/S has already garnered enough clout to call itself a rival to the Paranormal Activity film series. With this in mind, it strikes one as a bit more than a coincidence how this horror movie will be hitting theatres mere days before the fourth installment of Oren Pelli’s chilling series.
Indie film makers Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid, and the dynamic directing quartet known as Radio Silence have come together to create V/H/S, a horror anthology consisting of five segments which (apparently) connect to form a larger story. The red band trailer shows viewers the basic plot: a band of criminals who have a taste for filming their exploits are hired by an unknown client to break into a ‘seemingly’ empty house, and retrieve a mysterious tape titled simply ‘Tape 56′. Upon breaking into the home that night, the group discovers a cache of VHS tapes, along with a small bank of tape players and television monitors.
And as the group begin to go through the tapes, they bear witness the violent, chilling, and unexplainable footage that make up their annonymous benefactor’s macabre collection. And this, just as they begin to realize that the abandoned house may not be as altogether empty as they were led to believe…
That’s what I gathered from the trailer anyway. I suppose we won’t know for sure until its release date on October 4th. With so many creative minds behind the film, it will be interesting to see some new takes on a genre that (as of late) seems to have hit a bit of slow patch in terms of fresh perspectives. Until then, all we can do is wait.
Red band trailer can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LfLDeXLmAw