The V/H/S franchise is a unique horror anthology that uses the found footage format to tell a series of short stories of macabre and supernatural nature. Previous installments include V/H/S (2012), V/H/S 2 (2013), V/H/S: Viral (2014), V/H/S/94 (2021), V/H/S/99 (2022), and most recently V/H/S/85 (2023). Gigi Saul Guerrero, the writer and director of the “God of Death” segment in V/H/S/85, made history with her segment with it being the first Mexican short in the franchise, and it’s the first based on a historical event; the most destructive and traumatic earthquake of Mexico City that took place on September 19, 1985.

To date, Gigi has worked on about 19 shorts and says short form content has it’s benefits over feature films. Popternative host Petey Beats asked Gigi about the pressure of working on short form content with limited time compared to features. “Sure, you have more creative freedom. Sure, you have more control in that aspect, but the storytelling, specifically like your question I think short films or short form content is the best practice you can get as a filmmaker,” Gigi shared.

She added, “I personally love them so much. Why? Because you have to engage an audience immediately. You have to know and understand the characters immediately and having somewhere to go and you’re not just creating a scene, you’re creating point A to point B and C like an entire act structure, conclusion, and everything in a short form content. So if you can do that in a short film, you can tell an entire story. Your feature is going to be amazing because you’re gonna feel you have time.”

Watch the full interview with Gigi Saul Guerrero below.

V/H/S/85 is available to stream on AMC+ and Shudder.

Amber Dover is a multimedia journalist with over a decade writing about pop culture. Cat mom with a deep love of horror, you can follow Amber at @Glambergirlblog on Instagram and Twitter.


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