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Thursday, August 30, 2012

'V/H/S' hits V.O.D. tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

The indie horror film V/H/S, partially filmed in Atlanta by Atlantans, see its Video On Demand release tomorrow, Aug. 31. I suppose it counts as ironic that a movie named after an increasingly-obsolete piece of technology should become available via a cutting-edge, Internet-enabled distribution platform.

A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, V/H/S uses an anthology-film structure to inject live in the "found footage" storytelling style, recounting six horrific tales, each from a different filmmaker. As Atlanta's Dave Bruckner describes the segment he directed, "Our chapter is about a group of college-age dudes who on the final night of spring break decide to go out with a pair of spyglasses to try and trick some girls into making a porno without their knowledge. They find out that they're not the only sexual predators out that night."

Assuming you're brave enough to watch it alone, beginning tomorrow, V/H/S will be available on iTunes and through such cable providers as Comcast and others, as well as for rent on Amazon and xBox. On its scheduled day of theatrical release, Oct. 5, it'll be found on AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision, Cox and the Dish Network. The Magnolia Pictures web site explains it in more detail.

Nicholas Tecovsky, who co-wrote the chapter "Amateur Night" with Bruckner, compares this release model to showing the film on the festival circuit. "I'm interested to see how this model works out. Everyone is hoping that it will drum up the kind of positive word of mouth that festival screenings can't," he says. V/H/S' other participating filmmakers include The House of the Devil's Ti West, Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the directing quartet known as Radio Silence.

Tecovsky looks forward to seeing V/H/S this weekend, but admits to one small problem: "I don't have cable, or indeed any sort of video to demand. I do plan on seeing it in this format. The plan is to buy a case of beer and some junk food and go knocking on friends' doors until I find someone who doesn't kick me off their porch. It'll be like college again."

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