Watching V/H/S, a horror thriller that’s scheduled for a limited release on October 5, 2012, by Magnet Releasing, is like watching a series of terrifyingly freaky nightmares. The film is actually an anthology of several stories, all loosely brought together by one main story arc: A group of friends who are all petty criminals is hired to retrieve a VHS tape containing a rare piece of found footage from a seemingly empty house. The house, of course, is in the middle of nowhere. The tape – if it exists – is lying somewhere amidst a pile of VHS tapes in the living room, where a lifeless body is sitting in front of an old television set. And that seemingly lifeless body turns out to be less lifeless than it appeared.
Shot entirely in the first person from what looks like shaky VHS cameras, V/H/S shows all of the terror that the group faces during their search for the missing footage, and shows many of the short films from that pile of VHS tapes. From flesh-eating sex partners to exorcisms, children being attacked by other children, and a group of friends being attacked and killed in the woods, each of these short films is more horrifying and shocking than the last.
V/H/S was directed by Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, and Ti West. The films in this anthology were written by Simon Barrett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Nicholas Tecosky, Chad Villella and Ti West. V/H/S stars Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Calvin Reeder and Lane Hughes. Rated R, for bloody violence, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.