V/H/S/94 (2021) Reviews and now on Shudder

 

V/H/S/94 is a 2021 American found-footage anthology horror film about disturbing videotapes discovered at a sinister cult compound.

The movie is the fourth entry in the franchise that began with V/H/S (2012) and was followed by V/H/S/2 (2013) and V/H/S Viral (2014).

Reviews:

” …brings back that suspense and creepiness of the first two, with a recalibrated focus on character development, rather than simply going for shock and gore. It’s good horror 101, plain and simple. Seven years have passed since Viral, but this film shows there’s plenty of stories to tell in this static laced world and more dark corners to be explored.” Cinapse

” …the VHS filter is just too much. This isn’t a pretty film to look at. V/H/S/94 might be a step back for the franchise, but the series was never known for its production values, and there were always some interesting stories here and there. Here, everything seems half-baked, with great ambitions but without the resources to achieve them.” Fiction Horizon

“Everything at least appears to be shot on VHS or made to look like it; I can’t confirm they all actually were, which adds a tremendous amount to the atmosphere with the home video feel. The low- definition depravity of the visuals fit nicely into the underground tape-trading scene by which the film was certainly inspired […] Examining V/H/S/94 as a package and comparing it to the others in the series, this is the most consistent of the bunch.” Film Pulse

“Despite Bruckner’s oversight of the entire project lending it a theoretically holistic feel, there’s still an air of inconsistency to the project, with Simon Barret’s funeral home short sticking out as by far the weakest of the lot. The other three main shorts, however, achieve a fairly harmonious balance of unnerving suspense and balls-to-the-wall action, aided by the efforts of a solid ensemble cast.” Flickering Myth

“Like most horror anthologies, there are always a few duds in the mix. ’94 does have a few weaker segments but, honestly, nothing that I would consider truly bad. It certainly isn’t enough to break up the flow and more importantly fun of this film. Overall, I was happy that even some of the weaker entries still were enjoyable and had a nice mix of spooky and at times ridiculous.” Geek Vibes Nation

” …on a personal note, I can say it is my second favorite in the series The only aspect that really suffers is cohesion in bringing the concept of retro to life, that makes a great short like ‘The Subject’ more of an unwanted break in the flow. Regardless, fans of the franchise are in for a treat and can celebrate the return of one of the most shocking film franchises ever crafted.” Grimoire of Horror

“The fourth entry in the series found footage horror anthology V/H/S/94 features four stories that do very little with the concept and one by Timo Tjahjanto that blasts a hole through the genre in wildly exciting fashion.” IGN

“While closing out your anthology movie with the weakest segment (followed by the poor conclusion of the wraparound) wasn’t exactly the wisest choice, V/H/S/94 is nevertheless host to two terrific tales and a third which I enjoyed significantly. If the final story and the wraparound were stronger and more 90s-tinged, it could have been a complete home run.” Josh at the Movies

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“Omnibus movies like V/H/S/94 are always tricky to review and recommend – the nature of the enterprise lends itself to unevenness, and there are bound to be segments that shine over others. But even its weakest pieces are still entertaining, and the good stuff is exceptionally so.” The Playlist

“Typical for the anthology set-up, V/H/S 94 deliveries segments of varying quality. While “The Wake” and “The Subject” qualify as the strongest, most polished entries, that’s no doubt due to the directors behind the camera. “Terror” gets the third spot, if mostly for its wild, unrestrained finale, with “Storm Drain,” held down by predictable plotting, and the wraparound segment, “Holy Hell,” marred by an overly rushed ending, bring up the rear.” Screen Anarchy

“Not only is the consistency at an all-time high but so is the construction. The make-up and effects work (and creature designs) are especially outstanding and without doubt the series’ best (as well as impressively practical heavy) […] The Best V/H/S yet. Hail Raatma.” Starburst

” …works as much as it flails around without landing punches, but for someone who’s more forgiving when it comes to found-footage horror representations, especially in a “gimmick” franchise like V/H/S? The standout sewer creatures, disintegrated flesh practical effects and showings of diabolical incompetence in American rebel culture make V/H/S/94 a midnight massacre treat that continues a worthwhile tradition.” What to Watch

Press release:

“Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, has acquired worldwide rights to V/H/S/94, the fourth installment in the hit horror anthology franchise. The Shudder Original Film will release in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand later this year.

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 V/H/S series has been known for two things: its unbeatable lineup of filmmakers and its edge-of-your-seat terrifying found-footage stories,” said Craig Engler, GM of Shudder. “With V/H/S/94, the producers have upped their game—bigger, wilder, scarier than ever before. We can’t wait to unleash this new installment on Shudder members.”

“Thrilled seems like an understatement for just how stoked we all are to partner with Shudder”, said producer Josh Goldbloom. “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.”

David Bruckner (Hellraiser) and Radio Silence (Scream 2021) served as executive producers. Josh Goldbloom produced the project for Cinepocalypse Productions alongside franchise co-creator Brad Miska of Bloody Disgusting, and Kurtis Harder (Spiral).

Michael Schreiber for Studio71, Zak Zeman, and Tom Owen also served as executive producers, along with Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew T. Hunt of Raven Banner Entertainment.”

Trailer:

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