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A Return To Video Tape Is Quite Scary In The Red Band Trailer For V/H/S!!

The Kidd here...

Magnet Releasing is finally giving those of us who weren't at Sundance or SXSW a look at their horror anthology V/H/S, which is hitting VOD late in August before it finally comes around to theatres in limited release at the beginning of October. And, from this first red band trailer, I've got to say... I'm a little disappointed. Oh, no... not by what I'm seeing. The tease of the horrors to come from the film have got me psyched to see this film whenever I get to... but this is the type of movie that needs to be seen in a theatre with an audience dying to scream. Watching this at home by yourself or with your wife/husband or significant other can't possible be as good as seeing it in a packed theatre of people set to jump out of their seats. And, even when it does hit theatres, it drops the same weekend as FRANKENWEENIE, TAKEN 2 and SINISTER, which, depending on which Burton shows up, presents three really solid options to compete for your attention against V/H/S. This is a weekend before Halloween type of flick, and I wish Magnet had the machine to roll it out as such. In the meantime, see what you might wind up missing come October... or will have to settle for on your smaller screen shortly enough. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • June 18, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Looks interesting

    by bat fastard

    The found footage genre seems played out, but this seems like an interesting take on it. Looking forward to seeing it.

  • June 18, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    A magnet is a vhs's worst enemy

    by ChiefChirpa3000

  • You won't think so when you watch the trailer, but when you watch the film, you'll regret that a few of the built-up cool moments are spoiled for you. One of the best surprise moments in any of the segments is spoiled in a seemingly random image in this trailer. The film is a mixed bag, but really, the best way to see it is not knowing at all what to expect.

  • June 18, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    yah, yah, whatever, okay...

    by talby

    right, "scare me." nothing scares me more now than our current politics vs. the climate situation. you want real horror? wait till your kids can't eat. let alone pay any bills/debts for college, etc etc. sorry, hollywoody - you're only scaring kids now, and they ain't old enough for your movies anymore. intriguing concept, but sorry, i'm just too jaded for this bullshit much outside of the ninties.

  • June 18, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    lighten up Francis

  • Whether the film is right for anyone or not, I can't argue, that's subjective. But having seen it, I can attest that marketing it has got to be very difficult. The film relies heavily on twists - every segment has a surprise reveal that carries a lot of the cumulative creepiness of the film. And most of the interesting visual content is on the other side of those reveals, so it's really hard to show anything scary in a trailer without giving away things they shouldn't. Each segment builds up in fairly humble, moody ways, then spoilers happen, and only then do things get visually crazy. So when I watch this trailer, I see them squirming. They're trying to show things without showing things - trying to make a collage of creepy things without letting you figure out what you're seeing. Because if you know what you're seeing, the air immediately goes out of every segment of the film. The film works best if it's viewed like the guys in the linking segment view it - without having any idea what to expect. Tough to sell that to people. To your point about character development - there is none. These are vignettes. They do build a lot of tension in places, but these are more snapshots than anything else. It's appropriate for the overall structure of the film, but there are no long narrative arcs in the film.

  • June 19, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    This movie would be much scarier if it centered around a humongous laser disc

    by Prometheus_VaJayJay_snake

  • June 19, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    ...or a BetaMax tape

    by Prometheus_VaJayJay_snake

  • June 19, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    What if some kids found a "lost" film roll and school projector? BOO!

    by Prometheus_VaJayJay_snake

  • June 19, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    OMG Becky I just found a "lost" flip cell phone with a retractable antenna!! BOO!!

    by Prometheus_VaJayJay_snake

  • June 19, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    AAGHHH!! I just found a "lost" cuneiform tablet! BOO!!!

    by Prometheus_VaJayJay_snake

  • More movies like this plz.

  • June 19, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Here's a great idea for horror....

    by Prometheus_VaJayJay_snake

    ZOMBIE INFANTS! I mean full on, uncut scenes of crawling, dragging little zombie babies without conscience! You could have cut scenes of people tripping over tree roots, or hidden holes, and have it really be scary as the victims get swarmed with a dozen life sucking little killers.

  • June 19, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by HB_Dad

  • June 19, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Sexual will be called D/V/D

    by D o o d

    And the one after that will be called B/L/U/R/A/Y. They will all be rubbish!

  • June 19, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Waiting for the found film strip movie- B/E/E/P

    by rahtard

    But that would have to include a found cassette

  • June 19, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    @phantomcreeps - you screwed up there bud...

    by jazzdownunder

    You included PROMETHEUS in a list of ALIEN movies. An easy mistake to make, but a mistake it was.

  • June 19, 2012, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Same old, same old. Or I'm totally de-sensitized.

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    i'd watch some real bath-salt zombie footage. That might scare me. Maybe not. This looks shit.

  • Oh no, I`m scared... on camera... fully framed...static and after effects tv distortion. snore.

  • June 19, 2012, 4:20 a.m. CST

    I just found a "lost" Read-a-long with R2D2 book!

    by tangcameo

    Do you dare turn page after horrifying page when R2D2 says "beep boop bip bloop"? Do you?!

  • June 19, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Looks good, gonna watch.

    by UltimaRex

    And there are actually Prometheus talkbacks elsewhere on this site.

  • June 19, 2012, 5:53 a.m. CST

    H / D / D / V / D

    by Blanket-Man

    Starring Harry Knowles as Don Quixote.

  • June 19, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Needs a prequel.

    by buggerbugger

    Today's kids don't know who or what the hell a "V/H/S" is. They need to see how it originates with some shapeless black goo that can be fashioned into all sorts of shit that makes no sense.

  • June 19, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    by smitme

    yep i agree seen it all before

  • June 19, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    1 lunatic 1 icepick >>>>> this

    by Prior Walter

  • June 19, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    100% Right

    by evildeadgeorge

    This was terrifying...having the fire chief take your sub is my worst nightmare. And now it double hurts, because I'm losing out on avocado.

  • June 19, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Good Lord! These are porno tapes featuring Meryl Streep!

    by cookylamoo

  • June 19, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    POV shot of the winged creature was cool.

    by IamHERE

    I thought that was a nice little moment. This movie could be cool!

  • June 19, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Wow... NOTHING could prepare me for that...

    by ScriptCunt

    In a world of hyperbole shit-stacked on hype, I finally believe that NOTHING COULD PREPARE ME THAT MOVIE. If only there had been at least a brief mention of how much of this shit was BEYOND IMAGINATION.

  • June 19, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I love horror anthologies

    by Azby

    On that note anyone know what's happening with 'The ABCs of Death'? Looking forward to that one far more.

  • June 19, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Officially interested in this...

    by Blue_Demon

    But let's have this be the last found footage movie, okay? Okay?

  • June 19, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    F/I/S/H/E/R-P/R/I/C/E M/O/V/I/E V/I/E/W/E/R

    by Blue_Demon

    They found a cartridge...and what they saw Mickey doing...will doom them. "He's fucking Goofy!" "Well...he always was a little crazy." "NO! I mean HE'S FUCKING GOOFY!!"

  • June 19, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    i liked it. spoiler question

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    is this the 5 stories? 1. organ theft gone wrong (split face chick)? 2. a camping/story in the woods (with flying creature)? 3. haunted house? 4. ? 5. ?

  • Get the point, Hollywood?

  • June 19, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by Baron Von Penguin

    Another "found footage" film. Yawwwwwwwwn.

  • June 19, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap

    by lsrdsc

    Why can't this genre just die already. Are people still this stupid?

  • June 19, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by Hugh G Rekshun

    ...this is a found footage film featuring folks finding found footage films? Fucking funky!

  • June 19, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    is this set in the 80/90s?

    by JamesT

  • June 19, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    by JamesT

    I guess looking through a pile of SD cards is not sexy enough?

  • June 19, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Zombie Infants comment...

    by vanchimera

    To whoever commented about wanting a zombie infants movie, Bobcat Goldthwait said on a recent podcast that his next movie will be about that very thing. I can't remember the title, but it wasn't nearly as good as what I thought of, "Anklebiters."

  • June 19, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by vanchimera

    Guys, please, just stop watching them if you don't like them. I'll stop giving you shit for your hipster douche shit and let us have our fucking guilty pleasures. I'll never understand the need to comment on shit you have no interest in. Having an opinion is one thing, aw fuck it, I don't even have it in me. Assholes.

  • June 19, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    amen vanchi

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • June 19, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Yeah, word up, vanchimera

    by Jon Forbing

    Unfortunately, there's a lot of Talkbackers who exist for no reason other than shit-talking. Every time someone posts a trailer, they hungrily sit down with a note-pad to write down things to make fun of in the comments. When it's as easy as "contains found footage", their work is already done for them. They just stop the trailer five seconds in, close the video window, and come here to shit all over the talkbacks. Trolling made easy.

  • June 19, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by Josh

    That looked freakin insane, and creepy :) sucks it isn't getting a wide release, maybe if enough people like it, it will. I pray to go my theater get its, if not I'll seek out where I can see it just to see it in theaters.

  • June 19, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Also, on the topic of your first comment

    by Jon Forbing

    Interestingly enough, there was an 'evil kids' movie called "Anklebiters". I think it was about kid vampires or something. Don't remember, but I definitely saw it on the Hollywood Video shelves when I worked there years ago.

  • June 19, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    i really like that hauntedhouse scenes

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    prob the best cgi effect in a founnd footage horror movie. that ghost is really not tryin to let em escape

  • June 19, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    @yourstepdaddy re: spoiler question (spoilers)

    by kevred

    The segments are: - Linking/wraparound story (guys looking for video tape) - Picking up girls in a bar goes bad - Couple's vacation goes bad - Group trip to the woods goes bad - Skype conversations between bf & gf go bad - Heading out to a Halloween party goes bad There are no organ-theft stories, and you've assigned some things to the wrong segments. Better to not know any more than that before seeing it. The trailer already shows too much.

  • June 19, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    @yourstepdaddy re: 'haunted house' cgi

    by kevred

    It is done very effectively in that segment. That's true of pretty much the whole film - it doesn't use much cgi, but where it does, it does so tastefully and it blends in quite well. There are other issues with the film, but the filmmakers know and use their limitations well. They don't pull you out of the tense moments with blatantly fakey cgi - it's not really relied on at all.

  • June 19, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    thanks kev

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    looks like my trailer deduction skills isn't what I thought they were

  • June 19, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by khaos751

    Do they explain how a Skype conversation ends up on a VHS tape?

  • June 19, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    wouldn't watching it a home make it better?

    by andy kaufman

    you're supossed to be watching these v/h/s tapes of these awful things, id think it would make it a better enviroment to view it in.

  • June 19, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    andy kaufman...

    by Blue_Demon

    I was just thinking the same thing. Alone and home in a dark living room would really bring up the scare factor.

  • June 19, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    by DadTimesTwo

    Looks dumb.

  • June 19, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    kaufman, i always watch found footage movies online

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    it gives it an more authentic feeling imo. like finding some crazy "is it real or fake" vid on youtube

  • June 19, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    i always watch found footagemovies online

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    it feels more authentic, like its a real or fakevid you would find on youtube.

  • June 19, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST

    sorry for double post

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    dunno why I'm apologizing...

  • June 19, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by HB_Dad

  • June 19, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Fuckin A...THIS is the movie I wanna see.

    by Isaac R.

    "I like you" Mmmmm...I like you to

  • Most of the segments have at least one huge "don't go in the basement"-type collapse of logic, good sense, or plausibility (which is where I'd file the Skype thing). The film is more enjoyable when such critical thinking is switched off. :) Sad thing now is that, with everyone recording in HD, even DSLRs, "found footage" of the future will just look like really, really bad professional film, with no charm!

  • June 19, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    @andy kaufman re: watching it at home alone

    by kevred

    I agree, in fact I recommend seeing the film that way if you can. I saw a late show of it at a local film festival, walked home alone, coming to a dark and quiet house. After 90 minutes of continuous weird POV footage, the aftereffect was nicely creepy - I was turning on lights and not liking the silence. It has some of that pulpy B-movie see-with-a-crowd aspect to it, but I think you correctly identify where its real creepiness would lie.

  • The theft is presented as out of the ordinary, something they're hired to do. IMO that running segment - the link between the other segments - is the weakest of the bunch and doesn't seem to have much other purpose.

  • June 19, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    @yourstepdaddy, no problem.

    by kevred

    You're better off not sussing out what everything in the trailer means. With its humble production values and reliance on twists/surprises, knowing too much defeats the purpose of the film. They really threw the imagery in a blender for the trailer, and it was probably the only way to avoid giving everything away. Whatever the film's virtues and failings may be, it depends completely on not knowing what's going to happen next.

  • June 19, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Ty kevred.

    by Isaac R.

    I'm fucking sold.

  • V/H/S is a real theater experience you should not deny yourself. It is scary, funny and a real good time with an audience. You only have to wait 5 weeks between VOD and theatrical. Worth the wait. I paid to see in once, I will pay to see it again.

  • June 19, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Thanks, kevred

    by khaos751

    I'm willing to overlook plot holes like that in an anthology, as long as the individual stories are good. I remember comic panels from Creepshow, but I don't remember how they connected the overall story. In the end, it didn't/doesn't matter to me. From what I've read, it sound like 3/5 stories deliver. The Skype one being one of the good ones. I'll get it through VOD in August, watch it at home, and escort my wife through said home the rest of the night (this includes waiting/watching for her to pee; and I'm not that kinda perv).

  • June 20, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    I'd watch this...

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    But to be fair....I watch everything

  • June 20, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST


    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    or maybe P/X/L