V/H/S/2 hit VOD last week and I’m loving all of your reactions. You can find the iTunes and Apple TV link here. Other outlets carrying it should also include Amazon (link link here), AT&T UVerse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Google Play, Playstation 3, Sudden Link, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios, VUDU and Xbox Zune. Look around! There’s also a theatrical rollout set for July 12th.
In the film directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener and Timo Tjahjanto, “Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.”
Last week I spoke to directors Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Gregg Hale about their segment, “A Ride In The Park.” We also touch upon their upcoming bigfoot film, Exists! As far as V/H/S/2 goes, we’re not reviewing it so be sure to write your review here!!
The tone of your segment, while it has some tragic elements, is somewhat lighthearted. Is this you guys coming down from the seriousness of Lovely Molly?
Eduardo: I think that had a lot to do with it. Gregg and I were just thinking what our segment could be and then Jamie [Nash; writer] came up with this idea. I think it was part of the whole thing of spending so much time with Molly we just wanted to do something fun. So part of it was a reaction to that.
It just instantly clicked as soon as we read Jamie’s synopsis. We wanted to do it but we didn’t want to be the weakest link in the chain, you know what I mean? But we loved his idea and so did the producers, it was fairly easy after that.
The biker is wearing a Go-Pro on his helmet, did you stick with that camera throughout the shoot?
Gregg: We shot it all on Go-Pro. We fooled around with the idea of using a higher quality camera if we weren’t actually doing a stunt, and after a while we realized we were going to have to downgrade stuff to look like a Go-Pro anyway, so we just shot with that.
The gore of the piece is wet, practical and plentiful. How much time did you have to capture all of that?
Eduardo: We shot for four days over two weekends. The budget was pretty limited. We called in a lot of favors near where I live in Maryland, and we shot it all about 20 minutes away from my house. Gregg slept on my couch during those 2 weeks and everything was practical. We got an effects house and gave them a lot less money than they deserved. It was pretty pain free, we made our days and everyone was pretty enthusiastic.
V/H/S/2 feels bigger and more cinematic than the first one, was that a conversation between you and the other directors?
Gregg: We didn’t really talk about that aspect. It really seems to center on the story for everyone. Looks and technology wise, I think everyone just approached it in a way that was appropriate for their story. We weren’t competitive with the other filmmakers at all, everyone was very collaborative and supportive, but because of the quality of the other guys making the shorts we wanted to step up and make sure we really delivered. That might have been the biggest factor for us.
Gregg you’re a producer on the Bigfoot movie Exists, which Eduardo directed. What can we expect from that? You’re in post right now, right?
Eduardo: Yeah we went to Cannes with it and sold a few territories, sort of rolling it out slowly. We don’t really know what the strategy on it is yet, we’re just finishing it up now. We’ve had a couple of screenings and people are pretty are enthusiastic. I think Gregg and I have been wanting to make a Bigfoot movie since we were kids and the challenge for us, as kids who grew up with that Bigfoot madness wave in the 70’s, was that Bigfoot is a physical thing.
It was scary to us before CG and it was important to us to figure out a way to put the monster on film and make it feel like it was really there. So we felt like a guy in the suit was the way to go, and as far as that went I think it turned out better than we expected. In my opinion it’s the best looking Bigfoot ever on film. I’m excited to show it to people.