V/H/S: Viral (2014)
Fueled by low-grade VHS nostalgia and a healthy horror community, 2012’s V/H/S kicked off what is becoming a series of anthology films. In premise, the film was attractive, although its execution left a little to be desired. At the time it was populated with a field of unknown directors, but now Joe Swanberg, Ti West, and Adam Wingard have more than made their marks on the film world. The follow-up, V/H/S/2 upped the quality of the segments with Adam Wingard returning with a new crop of unknowns and The Raid: Redemption’s Gareth Evans. Hoping to continue the upward trend is V/H/S: Viral (I can’t be the only one disappointed that this isn’t titled V/H/S/3). A full synopsis follows:
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.
V/H/S: Viral brings with it an entirely new crop of directors, although Marcel Sarmiento and Nacho Vigalondo bring prior experience in the horror anthology field, having contributed to ABCs of Death. Personally, I am most looking forward to Vigalondo’s entry. V/H/S: Viral will be released online on October 23rd and in limited theatrical release on November 21st.