Exploring the V/H/S Horror Universe: A Comprehensive Viewing Guide

by Barbara

The V/H/S franchise has carved a unique niche in the horror genre, captivating audiences with its anthology format and a collection of spine-tingling short films. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or a newcomer, embarking on a V/H/S movie marathon requires careful planning to appreciate the series fully. In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the best way to experience each installment, both chronologically within the narrative and in the order of their release. Let’s unravel the mysteries of this chilling cinematic journey.

Starting Point: V/H/S (2012)

The logical starting point for any exploration of the V/H/S universe is, of course, the original film, simply titled V/H/S. Released in 2012, this movie lays the groundwork for the entire series, offering a collection of found footage-style horror shorts. Among these, “Amateur Night,” directed by David Bruckner, shines as one of the most memorable segments. It introduces us to a group of friends on a night out, equipped with eyeglass cameras that capture an unsettling encounter with a mysterious woman. “Amateur Night” serves as a strong introduction to the series, blending supernatural elements with visceral horror, making it a must-watch for any V/H/S journey.


The Spooky Spinoff: SiREN (2016)

For those who seek to delve deeper into the lore of the V/H/S universe, SiREN is a crucial follow-up to the original. This feature-length movie serves as a direct spinoff of “Amateur Night” and expands upon the narrative established in that chilling segment. SiREN takes us further into the mythology surrounding the mysterious entity introduced in “Amateur Night,” providing a more comprehensive exploration of its origins and the terrifying consequences of encountering it. While SiREN may not be officially part of the anthology, it is an essential watch for fans looking to unearth the deeper layers of the V/H/S universe.


Chronological Order: Unraveling the Timeline

For those who appreciate narrative continuity, experiencing the V/H/S series in chronological order within its own universe is an intriguing approach. Following the chronological order of events within the V/H/S narrative would lead you through the following sequence:

  1. Amateur Night (segment from V/H/S)
  2. SiREN
  3. Second Honeymoon (segment from V/H/S)
  4. V/H/S: Viral (2014)
  5. V/H/S/94 (2021)
  6. V/H/S/99 (TBA, assumed to be set in the late ’90s)

This chronological journey enables viewers to appreciate the evolving narrative threads, connecting the various installments within the V/H/S universe.

Release Order: Evolution of Fear

Alternatively, you can opt for the order in which the V/H/S movies were released, providing insight into how the series evolved and expanded over time:

  1. V/H/S (2012)
  2. V/H/S/2 (2013)
  3. V/H/S: Viral (2014)
  4. SiREN (2016)
  5. V/H/S/94 (2021)
  6. V/H/S/99 (TBA)

This viewing order allows you to witness the growth and experimentation in the franchise as it ventured into new territories and themes with each installment.

Completing the Collection: V/H/S: Viral (2014)

While V/H/S: Viral may not have received the same critical acclaim as its predecessors, it still holds value for completionists and those eager for more V/H/S content. The film features a fresh set of found footage-style shorts, each exploring different aspects of horror. Though it may not reach the same heights as the original, it adds layers to the V/H/S lore and style, providing a diverse range of horror experiences.

A Double Feature Delight: V/H/S/94 and V/H/S/99

To conclude your V/H/S journey, consider a double feature of the latest entries in the franchise: V/H/S/94 and V/H/S/99. Released in 2021 and scheduled for release (as of the time of writing) respectively, these films offer a perfect blend of Halloween fun and ’90s camcorder terror. V/H/S/94 transports viewers back to the mid-’90s, while V/H/S/99 promises a nostalgic trip to the late ’90s. Together, they serve as a thrilling conclusion to the V/H/S series, encapsulating the essence of found footage horror throughout the years.

Conclusion: Embrace the Horror of V/H/S

Whether you choose to follow the V/H/S movies’ chronology within their own universe or adhere to their release order, you’re embarking on a spine-chilling cinematic journey. Commencing with the original and delving into the spinoff SiREN, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of found footage-style horror that’s both innovative and terrifying. Don’t forget to complete your journey with V/H/S: Viral and experience the latest entries, V/H/S/94 and V/H/S/99. So, dim the lights, grab your popcorn, and prepare for a cinematic experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire V/H/S universe.


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