As you might guess, “V/H/S/94” is set in the year 1994 — which is a pretty good year to set a series of horror stories. Not only was it the year Wes Craven gave us his final Freddy Krueger film “New Nightmare,” but John Carpenter gave us the mind-bending “In the Mouth of Madness.” 1994 was also a year serial killer John Wayne Gacy was put to death, and the year Nancy Kerrigan was assaulted by the then-boyfriend of Tonya Harding over Olympic figure skating, and it’s the year that began the O.J. Simpson murder trial. In short — there’s plenty of real-life and fictional things to pull from that year if you’re making an anthology horror movie.
The latest “V/H/S/” is technically a reboot for the franchise, and there’s something else that sets it apart from the previous films: all the stories will connect to a central plot in a way that is more than incidental. The wrap story seems to be about a police raid entering a building only to find a near-endless supply of corpses — and a bunch of VHS tapes, of course.
There are 5 stories in all and they will be told by people involved with previous horror films like “Ready or Not,” “The Night House,” and “You’re Next.” The film’s trailer seems to promise monsters, zombies, body horror galore, and a little QVC shopping for flavor. “V/H/S/94” debuts at Fantastic Fest on September 26 and will be streaming on Shudder beginning October 6.