English and Indonesian with English subtitles, 2012, 95 minutes, color, U.S.A./Canada, Midnight
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.
From the demented minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes S-VHS, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. This follow-up ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor, discovering new and terrifying territory in the genre. This is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic. The result is the rarest of all tapes—a second generation with no loss of quality. - J. K.
About the Directors
S-VHS, the sequel to V/H/S/, which screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, brings together another stellar lineup of indie horror veterans: Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Red Sands), Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Edúardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project, Altered, Seventh Moon), Gregg Hale (The Blair Witch Project, Seventh Moon, Say Yes Quickly), Timo Tjahjanto (The ABCs of Death, Killers), Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid: Redemption, Berandal), and Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun, Treevenge).
Cast and Credits
Directors: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisener
Screenwriters: Simon Barrett, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Huw Evans, John Davies and Jason Eisener
Executive Producers: Zak Zeman, Tom Owen, Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard
Producers: Brad Miska, Roxanne Benjamin, Gary Binkow, Jamie Nash
Cinematographers: Tarin Anderson, Seamus Tierney, Stephen Scott, Abdul Dermawan Habir, Jeff Wheaton
Principal Cast: Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L. C. Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes
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