Did you love last year's V/H/S? I didn't. Don't get me wrong, I didn't think it was a horrible film. It certainly had a lot of good ideas, I just didn't think all of them were executed very well. I think my biggest gripe about that film, though, really has nothing to do with the film.
When it made it's debut at Sundance there was a massive swirl of critical praise that pushed the hype up for the movie to new heights. People were claiming that it was going to turn the horror franchise on it's head and treating it like some sort of revitalization of the genre. Though whether or not the genre truly needed to be revitalized is a whole other matter. When the film finally came out, it was none of that. It was simply an interesting take on an often used filming technique.
Well the sequel to V/H/S is set to make it's debut at this weekends Sundance and while us common folk might have to wait awhile to see it, we can view the teaser trailer for it right now! In the above video you'll see some pretty intriguing moments which give me a bit of hope that this one might improve upon the first one's concept.
It should also be noted that there are some brand new directors behind the wheel. Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid) and Timio Tjahjanto (Macabre). The masterminds behind the Blair Witch Project (Eduardo Sanchez and Greg Hale) are also contributing a segment along with a bookend segment by Simon Barrett. It's a pretty diverse group of individuals this time around, I'm particularly looking forward to seeing what Gareth Evans brings to the table. The Raid had to be one of the best actions movies I had seen a long while, I can't wait to see how his sensibilities translate to a VHS horror short.
I can't wait to see what sort of critical reaction this film will generate on Sunday at Sundance. Will it be as highly praised as the first? Or will the fact that it's a sequel tarnish some of it's shine?