If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Given that none of us here at Spill are actually at Sundance this year, we have to rely on buzz from our colleagues to keep us updated on which films we should keep an eye out for later. One movie getting incredibly enthusiastic, and almost universal praise this year is the horror anthology 'V/H/S.' The film is a collection of frightening tales told found footage style, and features a collaboration between some of horror's best young talent. This talent pool includes Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard, who respectively wrote and directed the inhumanly awesome 'You're Next,' which is due out in theaters in October. Also in the mix is Ti West, director of the phenomenal 'House of the Devil' and 'The Innkeepers.' Well it seems the buzz was simply too palpable to ignore. Magnolia Pictures has purchased North American distribution rights to the film. The plan is to give the film both a theatrical and a VOD release.
I am exceedingly happy for both 'V/H/S' and Magnolia. From everything I've heard, and from what I know of some of the artists involved in this film, 'V/H/S' sounds like a great pick up for Magnolia who specializes in the cream of the genre crop; often snatching the top titles from Austin's Fantastic Fest. Of course, as a stalwart supporter of the VHS format, I am doubly interested in this film. I'm not going to pretend that the fact that two people who took in a screening of the film during Sundance were so affected by one scene in particular that they had to be treated by paramedics doesn't pique my interest. But more than that, I love the conceit here. A group of criminals are charged with breaking into a house to find and retrieve a particular VHS tape, but what they find is a cache of tapes featuring various unspeakable horrors. It sounds like the old school Amicus horror anthologies which is a clever new spin to put on the tired found footage genre. Plus, the guys behind this flat out get horror; both in terms of what fans love and of what they are growing weary. I cannot wait to see this film and I hope the theatrical release it receives is far-reaching.
Are you guys intrigued by this concept? What are some of your favorite anthology horror films?