More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “V/H/S,” a horror anthology comprised of found-footage-style shorts — not a spin-off of the classic sci-fi series V set in a alien-infested high school.
Directors: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence
Cast: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard
Official Synopsis: “‘V/H/S’ is a POV, found-footage horror film from the perspective of America’s top genre filmmakers. In ‘V/H/S,’ a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house in the countryside and acquire a rare tape. Upon searching the house, the guys are confronted with a dead body, a hub of old televisions and an endless supply of cryptic footage, each video stranger and more inexplicable than the last…”
“‘V/H/S’ has something for every horror fan — jump scares, beasts, mythology, blood, technology monsters, gore, kills kills kills, haunted houses, ghosts, twists, turns — along with a wicked sense of humor to go along with it.”
“A stellar showcase for its stable of writers and directors.”
“Most horror anthologies are lucky to contain a single strong entry, but there’s not a weak entry in this bunch.”
“What these filmmakers remembered was that horror needs an element of fun. Not stupid fun, but real energy and excitement. ‘V/H/S’ certainly has all that.”
“A mostly forgettable experience.”
“V/H/S” is now available on VOD and iTunes. It opens in limited release on October 5th.