To those who have somehow avoided the hype surrounding “V/H/S” (a Magnet Release) up until now, congratulations. The upcoming found footage horror anthology is rumored to be the scariest film of 2012. Based on the official red band trailer, it certainly looks like it could be a top contender.
With a little something for every horror fan, “V/H/S” contains terrifying POV style segments, each contributed by one of six renowned directors in the genre including Adam Wingard (You’re Next), David Bruckner (The Signal), Ti West (The House of the Devil), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and YouTube veterans Radio Silence (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Chad Villella).
The overarching wraparound story follows a crew of amateur burglars charged with the task of acquiring a rare unmarked video tape in a spooky, remote house. When they realize none of the tapes are marked, they have no choice but to watch them all, as each video turns out to be stranger and scarier than the last.
If “V/H/S” is successful, it could easily inspire a resurgence of horror anthology films, just as Paranormal Activity reinvigorated the found footage trope. For those who are eager to find out how scary this move really is, it will be available “On Demand” beginning Aug. 30, followed by a limited theatrical release on Oct. 5.
Bay Area horror fans will have the unique opportunity to witness the terror of “V/H/S” unfold on the big screen at Lumiere Theater 3 in San Francisco, and Shattuck Cinemas 10 in Berkeley. Be warned, the film is reported to be extremely gory and intense, but a real Halloween treat for horror fans.
Here are the first announced theatrical release dates and locations for “V/H/S.”
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
San Francisco, CA: Lumiere Theatre 3
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
Chicago, IL: Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema
Indianapolis, IN: Keystone Art Cinema 7
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
University City, MO: Tivoli Theatre
New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 5
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre
Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
Brookline, MA: Coolidge Corner Theatre
Omaha, NE: Dundee (Art)
Pleasantville, NY: Jacob Burns Film Center
Rochester, NY: Little Theatre
Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa, Bijou Theater
Charlotte, NC: Movies @ CrownPoint 12
Maitland, FL: Enzian Theatre
Toms River, NJ: Traco Theatre
Tulsa, OK: Circle Cinema
Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8