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S-VHS Trailer: The Blood Splat Rating System

By TK | Trailers | January 23, 2013 | Comments ()


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Last year, there was a good deal of under-the-radar hubbub about V/H/S, a series of interconnected short "found footage" films written and directed by a group of indie directors. I watched it and in truth, it didn't particularly appeal to me. Too little effort to create a cogent story, often-tedious narratives, gore and violence instead of pacing and tension, and a general air of misogyny to a couple of the pieces all added up to an unimpressive viewing experience.

So, of course, it gets a round two. Here, we have the trailer for S-VHS, featuring directorial and writing efforts by the likes of Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, EdĂșardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, and Jason Eisener. Thankfully, Ti West doesn't show up this time around, but unfortunately Joe Swanberg -- who had one of the better entries in the original -- doesn't either. That said, there's some interesting talent milling about: Eisener directed the festival cult hit Hobo With A Shotgun, Eduardo Sanchez, director of The Blair Witch Project, returns from obscurity, and writer Gareth Evans has some truly great action pics -- The Raid: Redemption and Merantau -- under his belt.

The trailer is short, jumpily edited, deliberately static-filled and yet strangely effective -- certainly more so than the trailer for the original. This time around, it involves a pair of private investigators looking for a missing student, who stumble upon a box of tapes similar to the ones from the first film.

Whaddaya think?







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  • Buck Forty

    I'll give them a point for not calling the sequel V/H/S 2

  • Andy

    I thought the first movie was pretty good. Granted, like all anthology movies not named Creepshow, it was a mixed bag, but that's the nature of the (succubus) beast. My only problem was how the Skype story basically ripped off Cronenberg.

  • blacksred

    God I get terrified by fast zombies

  • Eva

    I think: I will watch it. I didn't hate V/H/S. It was full of surprises even if it did have the worst shaky-cam EVER.

  • Eva

    But then again, I too have the Horror Sickness.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    HORROR SICKNESS PALS 5EVA!

  • Pinky McLadybits

    I was warned that V/H/S was a steaming pile, but my Horror Sickness compelled me to watch it when it popped up on Netflix. Gawl, SO MANY BOOBS FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN BOOBS. I also wanted everyone in the movie to die horribly because of their awfulness. It was just an excuse to be misogynistic and degrading with a touch of gore thrown in for terrible measure.

    OF COURSE I WILL WATCH THIS ONE AS WELL.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Odd. I only remember two sets of boobs, one of them very disturbing in hindsight (and relevant to the story).

  • Pinky McLadybits

    Two sets of boobs in the story about the dude talking to his lady on the computer/webcam. One set of boobs in the drunken dudes trolling for skanks and taking them back to the hotel room. One set of boobs on the woman videotaped and assaulted by the assholes in the wrap-around story. So that's four sets and I might be forgetting a set or two. Hmm. Either I'm a boob-counting savant or it's just that I watched this movie a couple of days ago...

  • Fabius_Maximus

    See? The boobs weren't standing out as much as you think, if I can't remember them all. And I had to think hard to remember the ones in the webcam story.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    I always remember boobs. And I'm a straight lady.

  • Frank Booth

    "Hobo with a Shotgun" was without a doubt the worst piece of shit I've ever had the displeasure of laying my eyes upon. Why is that guy still getting work ? Not even fun by accident or even mildly entertaining.
    I liked the concept of VHS because I think the most effective and haunting horror stories are in the short story format ( see most of Stephen Kings early work). The short format helps in not getting bogged down in useless plot points while allowing for a faster pacing . Unfortunately, filming such a story effectively requires skill as well; something that was glaringly lacking in the first movie.

  • Blake

    I'll wait until the hit Blu-ray in the anthology.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    I'm actually looking forward to H/D-D/V/D. I know I will probably be one of the only ones to watch it, and then the entire movie will become obsolete, but still, should be....well....it will really suck probably.

  • Honestly, V/H/S was probably the worst anthology horror film I've ever seen and I've seen a lot of them. It was blood, misogyny, and really bad filmmaking in every scene. The only story that even grabbed me for a moment was the succubus and that was in a "are you serious?" train wreck fascination.

    So, no. I believe I will be passing on S-VHS, even if it has a much better trailer.

  • Nat Kittyface

    Yeah, this one doesn't look like it'll be all that much better on the misogyny front either, given the one quick-cut in the trailer of what appears to be a gang rape attempt in progress. I don't think I've ever been both offended AND incredibly bored at the same time before, but that's what I'm feeling with this now-series. Yes, you are SO avant-garde in your ironic(? one hopes) misogyny, directors. NO ONE exploits brutal sexual (and creepily sexualized) violence toward women in the horror genre, so you are SUPER shocking and original. -_- And DEFINITELY make it so half your stories have virtually nothing to them but the lady abuse - that's not lazy and repetitive AT ALL.

    Man, and I thought House of the Devil was actually REALLY ridiculously GOOD, albeit super-duper-slow. What happened?? Traumatic head injury? Eli Roth?

  • lowercase_ryan

    yeah, probably not.

  • AudioSuede

    Seriously, we made the mistake of renting V/H/S, and while a couple of the segments were kind of interesting, the acting was across-the-board terrible, most of the clips were insultingly stupid, and the framing story made absolutely no sense. I will not be making this mistake a second time.

  • AudioSuede

    Also, it's great not to see Glenn McQuaid on that director's list, because his was by far the most idiotic of the original shorts. It had one interesting video effect and the WORST LEAD ACTRESS OF ALL TIME.

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