Shudder announced that they have acquired the rights to the newest V/H/S film. The new film is titled V/H/S/94, and it’s the fourth film in the popular found footage franchise.
V/H/S was released in 2012, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that year, where the rights were purchased by Magnolia Picture for over $1 million. Since its release, it has gathered a cult following of sorts.
The structure for this flick was similar to that of other anthology films, with five stories and a frame narrative that connects them. The twist was that each of the five tales was supposed to be found on a VHS videotape (thus the film’s title).
Each segment had its own writer and director, with David Bruckner (The Signal), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) Glen McQuaid (I Sell the Dead) and Joe Swanberg (The Rental) contributing.
V/H/S/2 made its debut in 2013, with the same story structure as V/H/S.
Wingard returned to direct a segment, and was joined by Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die), Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale (The Blair Witch Project), Timo Tjahjanto (May the Devil Take You) and Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun).
Note: In my humble opinion, Tjahjanto’s segment, Safe Haven is the best story out of the entire franchise. It is intense and scary, and somehow manages to make you feel as if you are right there as it’s being filmed.
V/H/S: Viral came along in 2014, and in 2016, Siren was released. While not technically a V/H/S film, it was a spin-off from Amateur Night, which was a segment in the first film.
And all of this brings us, finally to V/H/S/94, as a swat team launches a raid on a warehouse which they discover is a cult compound. The film footage they find in the warehouse leads them to unearth a horrible conspiracy.
V/H/S/94 is meant to be bigger, wilder, and scarier
Shudder’s GM Craig Engler pronounced V/H/S/94 to be “…bigger, wilder, scarier than ever before.” He said the streaming platform “can’t wait to unleash this new installment on Shudder members.”
The sequel’s producer, Josh Goldbloom said the film was shot during the pandemic, and they built sets in conference rooms, hotels, and even in a sewer. He proclaimed V/H/S/94 to be “the biggest, baddest and most bloodthirsty batch of tapes yet.”
The directors who have been announced include the returning Simon Barrett and Timo Tjahjanto, along with Chloe Okuno (Slut), Jennifer Reeder (Knives and Skin) and Ryan Prows (Lowlife). There has been no release date stated as of yet, but we are told that V/H/S/94 will make its debut later this year.
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