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.
S-VHS stars Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L. C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes