'V/H/S' Red-Band Trailer: Found Footage Within Found Footage Is Scariest, Foundest Found Footage
Though the ever-increasing mass of Paranormal Activity sequels and Latino-themed spin-offs should be more than enough to slowly bring the found footage genre crashing in on itself, directors David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Adam Wingard, and directing collective Radio Silence have come together to speed up the process with V/H/S, a horror anthology that collects several found footage films within the larger context of another found footage film. Are you found-Inceptioned yet?
Framing the anthology as a whole, a group of criminals are hired to recover, as the official synopsis describes it, "a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere." Naturally, the criminals attempting to find this pre-found footage also use consumer electronics to shakily record themselves attempting this heist, which goes afoul when it turns out their intended victim is dead--and, more crucially, was something of a Wes Bentley from American Beauty, stocking an entire room with screaming-filled tapes. Ut oh, guys, we're apparently going to have to watch all these found footages to re-find the right found footage!
(Not safe for works!)
And that's why you should always label your tapes. Also, because otherwise it's going to take you forever if you want to find that recording of 12 Monkeys you taped off HBO. Trust me.