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[Sundance ’13] Early Reviews For ‘S-VHS’ Come Tracking In!!

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S-VHS, the latest V/H/S project, had its world premiere last night at Park City’s Library Center Theatre during the Sundance 2013 Film Festival. When I woke up this morning, I was pretty thrilled to find that my twitter feed was filled with glowing chatter about the film, some of it even from critics who didn’t like the original V/H/S all that much.

Now, we are NEVER going to do an official review this film on this site. But that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna share what other people are saying. The general consensus is that this is a much more solid film than the original (some are saying it’s leaps and bounds better). It’s definitely shorter, gorier and bigger.

This latest tape features the works of Gareth Evans (The Raid) & Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly) & Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die) and Simon Barrett (You’re Next, A Horrible Way To Die), the latter of which will be making his directorial debut on the film.

Head inside for a sample of what the critics are saying (and no, I’m not “only picking the good ones”).

From Drew McWeeny at HitFix (Review Here): “Gareth Evans is the man behind “The Raid,” and Timo Tjahjanto made the deeply upsetting “Macabre,” and evidently what happens when you put the two of them together is they make a movie that provides more character depth than most full-length features in the genre, a gigantic idea in terms of scale, and a lesson in just how much terror you can take before you reach your breaking point…let me say, there is a sustained crescendo of horror in this segment that is one of the most dazzling, disturbing, aggressive sequences ever choreographed for the movies.

From Devin Faraci at Badass Digest (Review Here): “…they fixed almost everything wrong with the first movie and delivered an anthology whose worst segment qualifies as pretty damn good. And it’s best segment? Almost transcendentally great… S-VHS is clever and fun and effective, but most of all it’s really fucking good.

From Sam Zimmerman at Fangoria (Review Here): “S-VHS is a rare breed of anthology in which every segment is not only good, but cracking with creativity, even. And lots and lots and lots of blood.

From Germain Lussier at Slashfilm (Review Here): “the formula from the first film, streamlined it and pushed the envelope even further. What remains is not only a horror anthology better than the original, but proof positive this franchise has some serious legs.” There’s also a video review here, and a contributor Ethan Anderton seems to prefer the original V/H/S in terms of scares.

Headline For Drew Taylor’s somewhat mixed review at Indiewire (Review Here): “‘S-VHS’ Is An Uneven, Occasionally Thrilling Sequel To The Horror Anthology

From Chris Bumbray at JoBlo (Review Here): “ While I enjoyed the first VHS, it can’t be denied that S-VHS is certainly a big step forward, and if the franchise continues, I could see them getting bigger and bigger. That said, S-VHS is really not for the faint of heart.



  • VersaVulture

    YES! I seriously CAN’T wait for this movie. It’s one of my most anticpated movies this year next to “Evil Dead”, “Carrie” and “Pacific Rim”. All the buzz is seriously hyping me up. I WILL find a theater playing this or get it on demand ASAP. “The Raid” is one of my favorites so I’m cyrious to see where he takes this.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I read quite a few reviews today and they were all positive. It was exciting reading descriptions of all 4 tapes/scenes; they all sound very unique. Congrats!

  • spartan87

    Looking forward to seeing this. I didn’t like all the stories in the first one. But the one’s I did like I thought were pretty brilliant. The ghost story and the succubus especially were standouts for me

  • Aaron Emery

    You know what I love about all of this? It’s the secrecy until completion thing. It’s like rather than hearing talk about a project for a long time and…waiting… This; we heard about it, we saw a trailer, it made its Sundance premiere. Keep em coming, this franchise has potential to be the hottest independent horror collection out there! Just keep them coming at this pace!!

  • darkscarecrow

    I absolutely loved the first V/H/S and this one looks just as good. I can’t wait.

  • Se_7_eN

    After the first one I can’t say I am expecting much out of this… But, we will see.

  • I cannot wait to see this. Really liked the first, and when the directors of The Raid and Macabre signed onto this I flipped out in a good way

  • ThunderDragoon

    I loved V/H/S so much so I’m really excited to see this!

  • KeepDoubting

    I am so ready for this. Sounds like it’s gonna be epic!

  • Blood-Sicles

    A sequel better than the original? That’s rare. Shit, VHS wasn’t half bad to start with. Congrats, guys! Really looking forward to it.

  • Nothing333

    I’m of the opinion that the first one was a bunch of tosh from some regularly stand out film makers. I’ll definitely give it another chance since the chosen directors are so kick ass.

  • diapers

    Looking forward to it. But the teaser trailer made me feel like I was on some sort of speed binge.

  • coldblood

    Congrats again guys. Can’t wait to see it.

  • BabyJaneHudson

    Glad to hear the positive reviews. Its such a smart idea for a film anthology and I like that the directors are not limited by having a unifying plot concept forced upon them. Think of a cool idea and do it – how clever is that?!

  • violentdope

    Hope this is better than the OG.The trailer doesn’t look all that great.Hope they prove me wrong.

  • Venom-man4

    Loved the first one, for a sequel I had in mind the directors of the first 4 would come back and add on to the stories maybe with ”what happen next” kind of thing but I realize that would be hard to pull off with some stories more so than the others. So I am excited to see that we are getting more stories.

  • feck

    After all the hype, I finally tracked down the original. Watched it today. What a terrible movie. There was not a single remotely scary thing in it. I know alot of folks have said “some of the segments are better than others” so I kept waiting for the good ones. Before I knew it, it was over, and I was thinking, “Really??” Still waiting for the good segments! This reminded me of REC which I also read glowing things about, and it was better than VHS, but that was god awful too. S-VHS can’t be any worse.

    • spartan87

      Due to the fact that you listed REC as awful, makes me instantly discredit your opinion

    • The fact that you thought ‘Rec’ was “god awful” completely invalidates your opinion. What poor taste in film you must have.

  • The first film was so unbalanced, that it makes me weary to gives the sequel a chance. I will still be watching it, but I’ll be waiting for it on Netflix this time around. How does a movie have so much nudity but so few elements of violence and gore? What was the point? It wasn’t a bad movie, it was just disjointed.


    Yet more shameless propaganda for a film that shouldn’t even exist because the first was so terrible it induced laughter and eye rolls instead of screams. . .what is happening to Bloody Disgusting?

  • Daniel

    I was pretty disappointed by V/H/S, so hopefully this is better. The premise is great, but the segments themselves didn’t hold up.

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