Magnet Releasing Picks up Horror Anthology ‘V/H/S’ for Distribution
It seems the horror anthology is getting bigger and bigger with each month that passes by. Do filmmakers think it’s an easy way to make a genre film? I don’t think it is. When done right (CREEPSHOW, III SLICES OF LIFE), it’s a beautiful thing. But done poorly (DEADTIME STORIES, NIGHTMARE ALLEY), the horror anthology becomes an exercise in trying not to kill yourself. But obviously Magnet Releasing (the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures) saw something in V/H/S at Sundance and swooped it up for distribution. According to deadline.com, the deal was in the low severn figures for the U.S distribution rights. Here’s a brief plot summary:
V/H/S is about a group of misfits hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house to acquire a rare VHS tape, and discover more found footage than they bargained for. The film is basically a found footage anthology of various VHS tapes that tell different horror tales, with different segments directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence.
Uh oh, Ti West is involved. I guess that means there’s gonna be at least one segment that’s TV-quality and on the boring side, having a big build up with no payoff!! Apparently one movie-goer passed out during the midnight screening of V/H/S at Sundance:
EMTs came, after the moviegoer passed out–during the first particularly gruesome scene. Another audience member was treated for nausea about 20 minutes later.
This kinda smells like a publicity stunt to me. I mean seriously; have any of you ever fainted or gotten nauseous in a movie theater while watching a horror film? Never. Either the Sundance movie crowds are a bunch of pussies or this was a staged publicity event; you know, like the girls paid to cry and act hysterical when the Beetles landed in America.
But what do you think? Willing to give Ti West another chance? Think this was a publicity event?