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V/H/S: Viral
VHSVIRAL.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced byGary Binkow
Brad Miska
Written by
  • Nacho Vigalondo
  • Marcel Sarmiento
  • Gregg Bishop
  • Justin Benson
  • T.J. Cimfel
  • Ed Dougherty
  • David White
Production
company
Distributed byMagnet Releasing
Release date
  • October 23, 2014 (2014-10-23) (VOD)
  • November 21, 2014 (2014-11-21) (US)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Spanish
Box office$82,409 (US)[1]

V/H/S: Viral is a 2014 American anthology horror film from Bloody Disgusting. The final film in the V/H/S trilogy, created by Brad Miska, features a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead.[2]

V/H/S: Viral's segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power; a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world; and teenage skaters who unwittingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual.[3] An additional segment was filmed, but Todd Lincoln's short, Gorgeous Vortex, was cut at the last minute since it did not fit in with the overall theme of the film.[4] The short is included as an extra on the film's DVD and Blu-ray release, which starts after the credits for the main film end.[5]

Plot

Vicious Circles/frame narrative (Prologue)

Kevin, an amateur videographer, constantly shoots footage of his girlfriend Iris. At first, she claims to enjoy it, but then grows annoyed and concerned with her boyfriend's obsession with filming her. It also becomes apparent that Kevin lives with his abusive grandmother, who at one point bloodies his nose off-screen. Later that night, the high-speed pursuit of an ice-cream truck arrives in his neighborhood. Kevin witnesses the chase as it is broadcast on television, and sees the opportunity to create a viral video. He is too late to shoot footage, watching the truck speed past his house, though he sees Iris wander outside in a daze after receiving a mysterious video call, then disappearing when his back is turned. After witnessing the truck run over a cop that had asked him to back away from the road, Kevin chases after the truck, egged on by images of a panicking Iris broadcast to his cell phone. Kevin continues to pursue the truck as it repeatedly circles the neighborhood throughout the film, during which people receive strange images on their cell phones that cause them to become violently insane.

Dante the Great

This segment is partially framed as an investigative documentary, with interviews of magic experts, theater critics, law enforcement officials, and the main character interspersed throughout the story.

John McMullen, a trailer park resident and untalented illusionist, discovers a cloak that was once owned by Harry Houdini. John discovers that wearing the cloak grants him the power to perform actual magic. Taking on the stage name "Dante the Great", John uses his newfound abilities to perform in front of large audiences, becoming immensely famous. However, John learns that the cloak requires regular human sacrifices to work. To that end, he hires a series of female assistants and videotapes them as he utters an incantation and watches the cloak devour them. He also uses his powers to summon and kill Clay Bowland, the abusive boyfriend of Scarlett Kay, his latest assistant. When Scarlett discovers John's collection of tapes in a secret compartment in his dressing room, she alerts the police, though John is able to use his powers to escape custody. As she is interrogated by a detective, John uses his newfound powers to summon her from the police station. A SWAT team bursts in to arrest John, but John manages to use his magic to subdue all of them. He proceeds to duel with Scarlett over the magic cloak. Though Scarlett is briefly able to take it from him, John overpowers her and recovers it. Before John can kill her, Scarlett uses a trick he taught her to immobilize him, prompting the cloak to feed on him instead. Scarlett burns the cloak, only to find it in her house, hanging on her closet door. As she investigates it, a pair of demonic arms reach out from inside the cloak and grab her, having selected her as the cloak’s new host.

Vicious Circles (Interlude 1)

Returning to the frame story, Kevin and the police continue pursuing the truck. A group of teenagers attempt to film the chase from atop a nearby bridge, with one of them staring at his phone in a trance while his nose bleeds. Another one of the teenagers ends up slipping and falling from the bridge when he gets too close, being run over in the process. Kevin is halted by a group of cyclists, but they end up helping him pursue the truck when one of them is caught on it, has his feet shredded to the bone, and is ultimately killed. Despite this, Kevin continues his mission to save Iris.

Parallel Monsters

In Spain, Alfonso, an inventor, works late on his newest project, promising his wife Marta that he'll come to bed soon. His project is revealed to be a prototype interdimensional portal. Upon activating the portal, it opens to reveal what appears to be his garage. Alfonso witnesses a copy of himself look at him from the other side, revealing that the portal has successfully opened a gateway to a parallel world. The two versions of Alfonso cautiously greet each other, overcome by curiosity, and discover that they appear to be completely identical. The two agree to trade places, and cross through the portal with their own cameras to explore and document each other's worlds for 15 minutes. As the main Alfonso explores the alternate version of his house, it would seem that the two worlds are exact mirrored duplicates. The main Alfonso encounters the parallel version of Marta, who introduces him to two men both named Oriol. In the living room, a pornographic snuff film plays on the television and a sack of organs is displayed in the center of the room. The parallel Marta prompts Alfonso to perform a ceremony with the Orioles. Disturbed, the main Alfonso leaves the house and witnesses a large blimp with an inverted cross that blares demonic chanting, revealing that the two worlds hold differing dominant religions. When he attempts to record the blimp, he gets spotted by the two Orioles, who chase Alfonso before catching him. Their eyes and mouth turn bright red, and one of the Orioles takes his pants off to reveal that he has a fanged creature in place of a penis. Back in the main world, the parallel Alfonso discovers the main Marta asleep, growing aroused and taking photos of her before unveiling his own monstrous genitalia, scaring Marta awake. In the parallel world, the main Alfonso manages to stab the Oriol's penis with a screwdriver and flees back to the house, where the parallel Marta takes off her robe to reveal that she has a similarly demonic vagina. Terrified, Alfonso punches her and flees back to his world. The parallel Alfonso, covered in blood after his encounter with the main Marta, stabs his normal self. The parallel Marta appears and devours the parallel Alfonso with her fanged vagina before the main Alfonso closes the portal. The main version of Marta, also covered in blood, stabs Alfonso to death after thinking that he savagely attacked her.

Vicious Circles (Interlude 2)

Returning to the frame story, Kevin continues to pursue the truck as it continues to circle the neighborhood, begging the police to help him save Iris. Meanwhile, a group of Hispanic gangbangers are holding a barbeque to celebrate one of their own being released from prison. Seeing the police helicopter that has been broadcasting the chase, one of them assumes that his girlfriend has turned him in. When the truck speeds by the party, the guest of honor becomes violent and murders the others by stabbing them with forks. It is revealed that a gas tank has ruptured in the chaos, causing the party to go up in an enormous fireball.

Bonestorm

Jason and Danny are a pair of skateboarders in Los Angeles who perform various stunts in the hopes of creating an epic skateboard video. The videographer they hired, Taylor, pushes them into increasingly dangerous circumstances in the hopes that they injure or kill themselves so he can film the aftermath and sell it as a snuff film. After they start a fight at a local skatepark, the skaters become bored. Taylor suggests they continue the film shoot in Tijuana, remembering that he heard about a prime skating location for them to finish their video. Jason and Danny meet their friend Shaun, and rope him into joining him in their trip to Mexico by paying for everything with his dad's credit card. After enjoying themselves and buying fireworks, the skaters subsequently become lost and run into a mysterious woman. Once they find a suitable place, an old flood channel, Taylor encourages them to perform more stunts. When one of the skateboarders injures himself and bleeds on a large pentagram drawn on the ground, his blood quickly boils, despite the apparent normal temperature of the pavement on which the pentagram is drawn. Almost immediately, a group of cloaked cultists, who were using the channel as a site for demonic worship, discover the skaters and attack them. Using a pistol and their skateboards, the skateboarders kill the cultists, though Taylor is gravely injured and Shaun is killed in the fight. As a demonic roar sounds, the dead cultists rise as reanimated skeletons and mount a second attack. During the second attack, Jason and Danny use the fireworks they bought earlier to destroy several of the skeletons. The two proceed to skate back toward the border as the creature the cultists were attempting to summon appears from a storm drain. The creature eats the wounded Taylor along with his camera.

Vicious Circles (Interlude 3)

Returning to the frame story, Kevin still continues to chase the truck, at one point encountering a woman in a trance with her nose bleeding. The news broadcasting the chase is warning that several fires have broken out across the city. Kevin tries to get a taxicab to stop, but the driver refuses to. The driver also helps his friend, a porn director, film a striptease with a young woman in the backseat. However, when the truck passes, the woman pulls a gun on him, revealing that the director had previously been sold footage of her by her ex, and the exposure had ruined her life. She forces him to strip by threatening to shoot his crotch. The director fights back, but all three are killed when a police car flips through the air and crushes the taxi.

Vicious Circles (Epilogue)

At dawn, Kevin finally catches up to the truck. He finds it sitting in the empty river basin he had been filming Iris near at the beginning of the film, body parts strewn on the ground around it. He examines the driver's seat only to find it empty, with a pair of disembodied hands duct taped to the wheel. Upon examining the back of the truck, he finds a number of televisions stacked atop each other, as in the first two movies. Iris appears on one of the TV screens and demands that Kevin upload the footage to broadcasters and the internet as well. At first, he refuses, mentioning that the videos are causing people all over the city to go insane, but does as she says when Iris begins to brutally mutilate herself. With the deed done, he exits the truck as the image of Iris on the screen continues to taunt him. Outside, he discovers Iris, having actually been dead for sometime, slumped against the truck with her cellphone stuck in her mouth. Kevin pulls the phone out of her mouth and sees that it's in selfie-mode. He stares in shock at himself on the screen with his nose bleeding, implying he is affected by the videos as well. The closing shot of the film is a view of the Los Angeles skyline, smoke billowing up, lights flickering on and off and a helicopter circling overhead, revealing the uploaded videos have gone viral and have begun to affect thousands, thus fulfilling the grander threat introduced in the first two films.

Gorgeous Vortex

  • Directed by Todd Lincoln
  • Written by Todd Lincoln

A surreal short with no dialogue that follows a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer.
Note: This short was cut at the last minute since it did not fit in with the overall theme of the film. (It was mostly cut due to not being a found-footage film). The short is included as an extra on the film's DVD and Blu-ray release, which starts after the credits for the main film end.

Cast

Vicious Circles
  • Patrick Lawrie as Kevin
  • Emilia Zoryan as Iris
  • Steve Berens as Cop
  • Stephanie Silver as Eva
  • Angela Garcia as Carolina
  • Gary Sugarman as Lewis
  • Celia K. Milius as Grandma
  • Garrett Bales as Spooked Guy
  • Val Vegas Gabriela
  • Jorge Marquez as Carlos
  • Chad Guernero as Uncle Alberto
  • Noelle Ann Mabry as Lulu
  • Kenny Burns as Taxi Driver
  • Mary Ralston as girlfriend
  • Anthony Rogers as boyfriend
  • Richard Couch as boyfriend best friend

Dante the Great

  • Justin Welborn as Dante the Great
  • Emmy Argo as Scarlet Kay
  • Dan Caudill as Detective Gregory Hugues
  • Stephen Caudill as Swat Leader
  • Nathan Mobley as Theatrical Critic
  • John Curran as Blackstone
  • Susan Williams as Dante's Mom
  • Gregg Bishop as Documentary Director
  • Michael Aaron Millgian as Clay
  • Matt Peevy as SWAT Officer
  • Randy McDowell as Harry Houdini
  • Carrie Keagan as Herself
  • Jessica Luza
  • Greyson Chadwick
  • Amanda Baker
  • Amanda Hall
  • Blair Redford
  • Cory Rouse
  • Jessica Serfaty

Parallel Monsters

  • Gustavo Salmeron as Alfonso
  • Marian Alvarez as Martha
  • Xavi Daura as Oriol (1)
  • Esteban Navarro as Oriol (2)

Bonestorm

  • Nick Blanco as Danny
  • Chase Newton as Jason
  • Shane Bradey as Taylor
  • Cristián Toledo as Sam
  • David Castro as Chanting Man
  • Angel Sala-Belen as Skull Face
  • Jawed El Berni as Skull Face
  • Michael Flores as Skull Face
  • Alexandra Besore as Dark Fairy Woman
  • Natalia Ferreiro as Creepy Woman
  • Jonez Jones as Bone Face
  • Conrad K. Pratt as Bone Face
  • John Oravec as Hobo in the Park

Gorgeous Vortex

  • Jayden Robinson as The Empress
  • Cheyenne Scarborough as Masked Person
  • Jackson James as Masked Person
  • Mark Stephen Ward as Masked Person
  • Taylor West as Ritual Room Woman
  • Jade Gotcher as Ritual Room Woman
  • Tiffany Hamill as Ritual Room Woman
  • Temple Hull as Ritual Room Woman
  • Kasey Landoll as Ritual Room Woman
  • Niousha Khosrowyar as Ritual Room Woman
  • Jeannine Harrington as Female Victim
  • Anna Kazmi as Female Victim
  • Kelsey Richaud as Female Victim
  • Faith Tollefson as Female Victim
  • Rim Basma as Female Victim
  • Lindsay Clift as Female Victim
  • Laura Eschmann as Female Victim
  • Chloe Nichols as Female Victim

Production

V/H/S: Viral was filmed from May 1, 2014, until May 8, 2014. It was completed on July 1, 2014.[6]

Release

The film was released through Video on Demand on October 23, 2014, and was released in select theaters on November 21.[7] The home-release on Blu-ray disc and DVD was on February 17, 2015, through Magnet Releasing.[8] Magnet Releasing premiered the film on March 20, 2015, on Netflix Instant.[9]

Reception

Most reviews for the film have been negative. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a score of 34% and an average rating of 3.69/10 based on 32 reviews.[10] Metacritic gives the film a score of 38/100 based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews" from critics.[11] Peter Debruge of Variety described the film as "three playful yet thoroughly disposable experiments in short-form p.o.v. cinema".[12] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Lacking the originality of the first film and the superior entries of the second, V/H/S Viral spirals downwards towards the same sort of obsolescence as the home video format that provides its title."[13] A. A. Dowd of The A.V. Club rated it D+ and called it "slapdash and ineffectual".[14] Jordan Hoffman of The Guardian rated it 1/5 stars and wrote, "Besides one bright spot involving razor-sharp genitals, this horror compilation is bereft of thrills, scares or creativity."[15] Shawn Macomber of Fangoria rated it 3/4 stars and wrote that the change in tone from previous entries in the film series will alienate some fans but is a "welcome breather".[16] Brad McHargue of Dread Central rated it 4/5 stars and wrote, "The shorts that comprise V/H/S Viral are inventive enough to make up for the blunder that is Sarmiento's wraparound, even if each one breaks the found footage 'rules' in egregious ways."[17] Luke Owen of Flickering Myth writes “Dante the Great has some amazing visuals, a wickedly fun fight scene and an amazing style. Both Vigalondo’s Parallel Monsters and Bishop’s Dante the Great deserve to be in a much better anthology horror movie.”[18]

References

  1. ^ "V/H/S Viral". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  2. ^ Magnet, Epic Catch Horror Anthology Threequel ‘V/H/S: Viral’
  3. ^ Horror Anthology ‘V/H/S: Viral’ Picked Up by Magnet Releasing
  4. ^ Secret ‘V/H/S: Viral’ Segment Revealed!
  5. ^ Bloody Disgusting
  6. ^ V/H/S: Viral (2014) - AnythingHorror Central
  7. ^ 'V/H/S Viral' Unspools This October! -
  8. ^ Exclusive Tease of Bonus V/H/S: VIRAL Segment GORGEOUS VORTEX
  9. ^ ‘V/H/S Viral’ Is Now Available On Netflix Instant
  10. ^ "V/H/S: Viral". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "V/H/S: Viral Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Debruge, Peter (2014-10-17). "Film Review: 'V/H/S Viral'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  13. ^ Scheck, Frank (2014-11-21). "'V/H/S Viral': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  14. ^ Dowd, A. A. (2014-11-20). "The V/H/S franchise goes Viral—and down the tubes". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  15. ^ Hoffman, Jordan (2014-11-21). "V/H/S Viral review – aggravating and essentially plot-free, but that won't scare off horror fans". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  16. ^ Macomber, Shawn (2014-11-03). ""V/H/S VIRAL" (Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  17. ^ McHargue, Brad (2014-09-20). "V/H/S Viral (2014)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  18. ^ Owen, Luke (2014-08-26). "V/H/S Viral (2014)". Flickering Myth. Retrieved 2015-03-21.

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