Don't eject this NSFW Red Band trailer and poster for V/H/S!

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If you’re like me, then there are few things that scare you quite like returning to the use of VHS. Needing to clean the VCR’s head, tapes getting stuck, and, *GASP* having to remember to rewind the tape before you return it to the video store. Yeesh, I’m getting the heeby jeebies just thinking about it.

So then I can only imagine how scared you’ll probably be for new found-footage horror anthology V/H/S.

Yes, the dreaded “found footage” fad is not over yet, but according to most who saw the film at this year’s Sundance and SXSW film festivals, V/H/S makes frighteningly good use of the format.

Directed by David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg Ti West, Adam Wingard, and Radio Silence (which is made up of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, and Chad Villella), the film is a collection of found footage horror tales that run the blood-soaked gambit from creepy slashers to spooky ghost stories to houses that spontaneously change shape to kill you (ok, that last one is a first), which means that there should something for everybody to like. Provided you like peeing yourself in sheer terror, that is.

Just keep in mind that due to some swearing and naked bits, this trailer is NSFW.

I have to admit, maybe it’s just the haphazard cut of the trailer mashing the various stories together or maybe it’s the found footage angle, but I certainly was not as creeped out by the this trailer as I was expecting to be, despite all the really messed up visuals on display and all terrified testimonials about how good it seemingly is. Now maybe if they perhaps made it about Betamax though… Oh the HORROR!

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Synopsis:

A group of criminals scour a secluded country home for a mysterious videotape, and bear witness to scenes of unimaginable terror in this found footage-style anthology horror film featuring segments from Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), Ti West (House of the Devil), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), David Bruckner (The Signal), Adam Wingard (You’re Next), and Radio Silence. It seemed like a simple job; all they needed to do was enter the home, find the videotape, and deliver it to their boss. But from the moment they arrived, a sinister tension descended. Gaining access to the house, the young thugs discover a rotting corpse amidst a collection of vintage television sets, and stockpiles of VHS tapes. Somewhere amidst the stacks is the tape they seek, but with each new video they watch, the dread continues to build. The sights that they witness are too horrible for words, but the greatest shock is yet to come.

Last Updated: June 19, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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