review by Bobby Blakey
In 2012 Bloody Disgusting and producer Brad Miska unleashed the anthology found footage horror flick V/H/S. The film has since spawned two sequels with V/H/S/2 in 2013 and V/H/S: Viral in 2014as well as a spin-off feature Siren in 2016. It seemed that the franchise had come to an end until now with the latest chapter V/H/S/94 offering up a new series of stories from directors Simon Barrett and Timo Tjahjanto returning to the franchise as well as newcomers Jennifer Reeder, Ryan Prows and Chloe Okuno.
V/H/S/94 follows a SWAT team unit that raids a supposed drug lab only to find a sinister cult compound whose collection of pre-recorded material uncovers a nightmarish conspiracy in 1994. Upon searching the body-ridden site, the team encounters countless televisions playing horrifying cassettes: a young woman's recording of an overnight wake; a news reporter and her cameraman's search for an urban legend who dwells inside a storm drain; a mad scientist's attempt at creating a biomechanical creature, and a violent militia group who plans on using a "supernatural element" to bomb a U.S. federal building.
It seems that the found footage genre has finally run its course, but its films like these that fully understand how to really use it. This latest entry packs it all in with perfection bringing so much blood and fun it reminded me how much I both loved and missed the series. The stories themselves are great blending gore, monsters, mystery and overall insanity to weave together a fun collection of misc. horror genres. With each vision you get a something a little different that is sure to offer up something for everyone.
The stories themselves are loads of fun especially one focusing on body modification being my personal favorite. What makes this really work as a whole though is the production on the look of it all and not just the individual stories. This looks like you are watching old VHS tapes as it should complete with a grainy picture and image skips throughout that