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S-VHS

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Director: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Huw Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard

Screenwriters: Simon Barrett, John Davies, Jason Eisener, Gareth Huw Evans, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto

Institute History

  • 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Description

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.

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