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August 30, 2012

Flicks: V/H/S (2012)


V/H/S is a scarier version of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch on steroids.

V/H/S (2012) is available today on-demand at iTunes two months before the limited theatrical release! V/H/S features six horror film directors' unique shorts dealing with the paranormal or supernatural. These shorts are told as found footage, on VHS cassettes, that a group of burglars find after being hired by an unknown party. This main arc is known as "Tape 56".

"Amateur Night" directed by Adam Wingard (director of the deranged Signal (2007)) a man who thrives in independent film-making communities and circles brings his short "Amateur Night". This chapter, titled "Amateur Night", according to Bruckner's interview at Creative Loafing, "is about a group of college-age dudes who on the final night of spring break decide to go out with a pair of spyglasses to try and trick some girls into making a porno without their knowledge. They find out that they're not the only sexual predators out that night." This chapter was entirely shot in Atlanta, GA.

Ti West (The Innkeepers (2012)) directs "Second Honeymoon," which centers on a young couple (fellow V/H/S director Joe Swanberg and actress Sophia Takal) whose trip takes some incredibly creepy turns as a mysterious stranger videotapes the sleeping couple in a seedy motel room.

Irish film-maker Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead (2008) directs "Tuesday the 17th" - a Blair Witch themed short on steriods. This time the witch/killer is all too visible and, covered in a truly disturbed direction in VFX, hunts down a group of young people before being caught!

Actor and director Joe Swanberg 17-minute-long short, “The Sick Thing That Happened To Emily When She Was Younger” is the chilling story of a college student who turns to her long-distance medical school boyfriend when she begins to fear she is haunted by ghosts. The story is told through recorded Skype conversations.

The last director for V/H/S is actually four directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Justin Martinez, Chad Villella and Tyler Gillett who are collectively billed as Radio Silence. All four have paid their dues on dubious "popular" series for cable television and have now set out to create something critically successful with their short "10/31/98".

V/H/S was a critical success at both Sundance and SXSW in early 2012. The flick will screen on-demand at iTunes two months before the limited theatrical release starting August 30th. The film it will be in selected theaters on October 5th 2012.

References:
IMDB, V/H/S (2012)
Magnet Releasing, V/H/S
Movie Web, Ti West/VHS Interview
Facebook, V/H/S



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