A new trailer for the forthcoming horror anthology V/H/S has surfaced this week, and from the looks of it, it’s the scariest story revolving around old VHS tapes since The Ring, and that time I accidentally uncovered my parents secret stash of vacation videos. It’s about a group of ne’er-do-wells hired to steal a tape from an old man’s house. When they get inside, they find a stockpile of televisions and videos which they have to watch through to find what they’re looking for. Each segment is filmed by a different director, including Ti West (House of the Devil), and David Bruckner (The Signal), and they run the gamut from a haunted house on Halloween, where you can’t tell what’s real and what’s a game, to a ghost/technology story, to an urban legend that comes to life in the woods, to, well, you’re going to have to watch it to see, because I had my eyes averted the whole time and I don’t really remember.
Just when it seemed like the found footage horror style of film was starting to get played out, this one looks like it’s going to inject it with new life, or new death, you might say. Makes sense, because we’re finally living in a time where people filming every second of their lives is a reality. I’m just waiting for the first Instagram horror film to be made. Here’s a picture of my coffee in the morning. Here’s me drinking some cocktails. Here’s a ghost baby stalking me in the shadows. Here’s my mutilated corpse. (No one steal that idea, actually.)
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