Is an anthology movie only as good as its worst segment?

It’s a debate you may often hear film fans discuss, especially within the horror community considering just how many emerge each year.

From The ABCs of Death to XX, there are so many and they can either serve to platform a selection of promising upcoming filmmakers or genre veterans simply flexing their muscles; or both, as the best ones do.

Sadly, a number of anthologies are destined for obscurity though. But, some do manage to take off and spawn franchises. In recent years, perhaps there is no better example to demonstrate their potential than VHS.

The first film arrived back in 2012 and earned two sequels – V/H/S/2 and V/H/S: Viral – between then and 2014. Beloved filmmakers such as Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) and Gareth Evans (The Raid) have contributed their work, but there’s more to tuck into at long last.

After the longest gap in the franchise’s history, a fourth movie has finally been unearthed. So, here’s where to watch VHS 94…

still from VHS 94 official trailer, Shudder, Shudder Original Films et al., YouTube

Where to watch VHS 94 on streaming

VHS 94 is available to stream exclusively on Shudder from Wednesday, October 6th 2021.

For those unfamiliar, Shudder is a subscription-based video-on-demand streaming service that offers an impressive selection of horror and thriller titles.

Founded in 2015, it has already been championed by horror fans as an essential service, boasting both film and TV while offering audiences a wide range of exclusive content.

The latest VHS installment is simply the latest in a long line of exclusives and plans start at just £3.99 / $4.75 while brand new customers are also given the option to try a 7-day free trial.

Taking this into consideration, if you haven’t signed up for the service before you can essentially watch VHS 94 for free. You can cancel anytime, but if you do not wish to be charged don’t forget to do so before the 7 days is up.

However, we’re sure the tremendous horror library will persuade you to stick around.

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Looking backward, moving forward

A number of fans have celebrated it as the best since the second installment. Now you know where to watch VHS 94, let’s talk expectations.

We are whisked back to the year 1994 as we accompany a SWAT team unit raiding what they believe to be a drug lab. However, they soon learn that the place is home to a mysterious cult.

On-site, the officers discover a collection of tapes that blend together into one terrifying vision.

Along for the ride, this time around we have directors Jennifer Reeder (Holy Hell), Chloe Okuno (Storm Drain), Simon Barrett (The Empty Wake), Timo Tjahjanto (The Subject), and Ryan Prows (Terror); five frightening shorts in total.

The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest back in late September, so general audiences haven’t had to wait long to learn what the hype is all about. See for yourselves!

“Everybody did something different”

The film benefits from a unique look, adopting the 1990s VHS aesthetic. As it’s such an important element of the production, The Daily Texan was keen to ask the filmmakers how they pulled it off. Simon Barrett explained:

“It’s tricky because with the previous films, you want all the segments to look stylistically uniform but they also all have to have a unique look otherwise your eye just gets exhausted.”

He addressed that “everybody did something different” but they “all shot at 29.97 drop to get that video-y look.” Chloe Okuno weighed in too, revealing that her segment was “shot on a digital camera and then we did a tape transfer,” while utilising “a few different formats for different parts of the segment.”

She added that they “also had people run the tape through a few times so we had a heavily damaged beta-max that just had like a bunch of staticky fuzzy s**t that looked awesome.”

Across the interview, filmmakers are requested to cite influences too, with the likes of Rec and Videodrome earning a mention. Perfect.

VHS 94 is now available to stream on Shudder.

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