It’s been 10 years since Brad Miska, co-founder of horror themed website Bloody Disgusting launched the found footage anthology film series V/H/S. Its concept would have five short stories that were located from a bank of VHS tapes and would be a collaboration of cutting edge film makers such as Adam Wingard (You’re Next), David Bruckner (The Ritual), and Ti West (X).
Now in its fifth instalment V/H/S/99, the franchise is once again hitting an annual stride with another due to be released next year. The format is still the same with five unique stories interwoven throughout the running time, each with a compelling narrative drive to get the audience hooked.
First up is Shredding, (Directed by Maggie Levin) a skater punk influenced tale that follows a rock band as they break into the basement of an abandoned art building and last resting place of another rock band. Will their fates be entwined?
The second story Suicide Bid (Directed by Johannes Roberts – Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City) is a playful tale that sheds light on thr tortourous ordeal of trying to get into a sorority house. An audition prank goes horribly wrong when she is convinced to spend the night buried in a coffin.
The third instalment, Ozzy’s Dungeon comes from the macabre and beautifully twisted mind of Flying Lotus – Kuso. A girl is horribly disfigured in a sleazy tv show and her family seek vengeance on the host by dragging him through a similar ordeal.
Next up is The Gawkers (Directed by Tyler MacIntyre) a group of teenagers that get more than they bargained for when they begin perving on the girl next door.
And lastly, To Hell and Back (Directed by Vanessa Winter & Joseph Winter – Deadstream) where this writing team once again taps into the zany underworld antics, blending horror and humour with little effort. This time around we follow two filmmakers who document a ritual, only to be transported to a hellish dimension where they are forced to battle demonic beings in a desperate bid to find their way back home.
The franchise has really hit its stride with V/H/S/99 blending an eclectic mix of stories from an eclectic group of filmmakers. I feel like the selection on show bends itself into an enjoyable array not yet bested since its original feature was released.
- Saul Muerte
V/H/S/99 is currently streaming on Shudder ANZ