Get in the Halloween Mood with Our Reelz Recommendation: V/H/S
09.21.12 by Ryan
Move over, Creepshow.
What movie? The found-footage horror anthology V/H/S, which combines the efforts of some of the horror genre's finest new directors: Ti West (The Innkeepers, House of the Devil), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die), and the directing quartet known as Radio Silence. V/H/S follows a group of criminals hired to break in an abandoned house and find a rare piece of video tape. As the group watches tape after tape to find the one they need, they are party to a series of increasingly disturbing videos.
Why we recommend it: With October right around the corner, the time seems right as ever to watch a horror movie, as, pretty soon, the neighborhoods will be dressed with fake spiderwebs and cardboard gravestones. There was a time when horror anthologies were hard to come by, but after 2009's Trick 'r Treat, 2011's Chillerama, the subgenre is making a comeback. Horror anthologies make for an easily digestible horror movie since, if you don't like a particular story, another is shortly on its way. Along the way, however, V/H/S offers viewers a wide-ranging cross-section of genre fare that includes stories that deal with demons, ghosts, and other nasty horrors that go bump in the night.
What did the Critics Say? After debuting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, HitFix called V/H/S "one of the scariest movies...in recent memory," while The Playlist said the movie "delivers the thrills and chills." Huffington Post recently said that V/H/S is "a found footage movie about found footage movies that takes the stagnant genre and makes it snort a line of bath salts as big as the Mason-Dixon." We're pretty sure that's an endorsement.
Where to watch it: V/H/S will open in limited release starting on Oct. 5, but can be enjoyed right now in the relative safety of your own home on Video-on-Demand. Check out the various VOD vendors here.