Wednesday, October 03, 2012


Starting this Friday at the Lagoon Theater in Minneapolis, and running for one week only is the film V/H/S. The buzz on this one is strong folks - and even though I have a thousand and one things to do I am going to try and make it up to the Cities to see it. Last year I did a round up of "found footage" films (follow this link to read it) and their shortcomings. I admit to being a sucker to this genre, but the last ten minutes always disappoint me. There is just no easy way to end these films, but apparently the film makers behind this one have managed to solve the problem.

The storyline reads like this, "When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last."  The film is directed by committee, six directors total, and because of this every horror genre out there is said to be represented. Slasher, urban myth, ghost stories, torture porn, and straight up scare the crap out of you is just some of what we will see. But in reading advance reviews, the sentence that excites me most is this one, "The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again." I AM SOLD! I have got to see this!

Now doesn't that make you want to see it too?! Looking at the list of directors names doesn't ring any bells for me, so this is my excuse to dig a little deeper to see what we might expect from V/H/S.

 David Bruckner  Okay, I know one of his films and it is great. He directed The Signal from 2007. This film is pretty funny but incredibly dark too. It gets a little lengthy, but it is a film I'd recommend.

Glenn McQuaid  This guy has a bit of a cult following but I suppose that happens when you have Ron Perlman in your movies! Perhaps his best known film is I Sell The Dead.

Radio Silence  I have never heard of this collective of director before, so we are charting new territory here. It looks like they have a series called Chad, Matt & Rob Interactive Adventures which are available to view on You Tube. Here is one of them:


Joe Swanberg Another unknown to me, and kind of a head scratcher. Looking at IMDB it seems like his films fall into the quirky romantic comedy genre. But relationships can be scary so I won't sweat his inclusion in the group. Here is a trailer for one of his films, Nights and Weekends:

Ti West  I have had one of his movies on my Netflix cue for some time, waiting for it's release. I have not seen any of his other films but the word on he street about The Inkeepers is good, and so maybe I should send it to the top of my cue soon!

Adam Wingard  And last but not least another guy I know nothing about. It seems that the one thing many of the directors from V/H/S have in common is a Do It Yourself work ethic. I may have to look into this film of his: "A man with a bag full of razor blades unleashes them on unsuspecting victims"

So there you have it. It will be at the Lagoon Theater for one week only folks so find the time to see it and I will let you know how it is after I see it this weekend!


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