The V/H/S franchise has, nine years since its first iteration, left an indelible imprint on horror. It seemed to be the harbinger for the current anthology renaissance we’re in, and its filmmakers have gone on to mainstream success (David Brucker’s upcoming The Night House is going to knock socks off, and after Radio Silence’s Ready or Not we can’t wait for their imminent Scream installment), shaping the genre and taking it into exciting new directions.
So we’re not so much surprised as we are hella excited that this particular genre sandbox is returning to our screens via Shudder. That's right: V/H/S/94 is coming, and today’s announcement gives us an idea of just what to expect when it premieres later this year. This lineup of talent is unexpected and fantastic. Sayeth Shudder:
V/H/S/94 marks the return of the infamous found footage anthology with segments from franchise alumni Simon Barrett (Séance) and Timo Tjahjanto (May the Devil Take You Too) in addition to acclaimed directors Jennifer Reeder (Knives & Skin), Ryan Prows (Lowlife) and Chloe Okuno (Slut). Greg Anderson of the legendary drone metal band Sunn O))) and Southern Lord records founder will compose the film’s score.
In V/H/S/94, after the discovery of a mysterious VHS tape, a brutish police swat team launch a high intensity raid on a remote warehouse, only to discover a sinister cult compound whose collection of pre-recorded material uncovers a nightmarish conspiracy.
The announcement goes on to quote producer Josh Goldbloom, who shares that “we shot the film entirely during the pandemic, building sets in hotels, conference rooms and, in the spirit of the series’ punk rock roots, we even ventured underground into a sewer. Our team channeled the misery of this past year appropriately, so rest assured it’s the biggest, baddest, and most bloodthirsty batch of tapes yet.”
That’s what we like to hear. Today’s announcement also informs us that V/H/S alumni Bruckner and Radio Silence return to executive produce, and Goldbloom produces for Cinepocalypse Productions alongside franchise co-creator Brad Miska of Bloody Disgusting, and Kurtis Harder (Spiral). Other executive producers include Michael Schreiber and Adam Boorstin for Studio71, Zak Zeman, & Tom Owen, along with Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew T. Hunt of Raven Banner Entertainment.