added: Wed, Jan 16th '13
During last year's Sundance Film Festival, midnight crowds got the crap scared out of them by watching the creepy horror anthology "V/H/S." Can the sequel "S-VHS" produce the same kind of success this year? Well, if the film's newly-released teaser trailer is any indication, it looks like festival goers may want to bring a fresh pair of shorts just to be on the safe side.
Continuing the tradition of using the found-footage motif, "S-VHS" brings together a new roster of talented genre filmmakers, including The Raid's Gareth Huw Evans, Hobo With A Shotgun's Jason Eisener, Blair Witch Project's co-director Eduardo Sanchez and producer Gregg Hale -- just to name a few. Like the original, this new installment will again revolve around a room filled with mysterious videotapes, all containing terrifying and gruesome footage that reveal a litany of strange events. The segmented film will premiere this Saturday at Park City, where it will likely be picked up by a studio, if it hasn't been picked up by now.
Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static -- white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.
directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisener
starring Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L. C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes
release date Sundance, 2013