‘V/H/S 3′ Reveals Official Title, Image, Directors, and Details

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Whether or not we’re in the middle of something of a horror genre renaissance depends on who you talk to, but the popularity of small screen offerings like FX’s American Horror Story, the ever-growing audience of NBC’s Hannibal and the success of modestly-budgeted big-screen fare like The Conjuring and the Insidious movies at least prove that the genre is here to stay, and always will be.

The found-footage subset of horror has delivered some big hits - The Blair Witch Project, the Paranormal Activity series – along with some huge disappointments, both creatively and financially. The found-footage approach appears to be winding down – the upcoming Amityville reboot has dropped that aspect, for example – but the anthology series V/H/S has proven popular enough to keep coming back to life.

We now have some details on the film, the list of the next batch of directors, and a new image, courtesy of Screen DailyIt sounds like this next entry will move away from the loose narrative connecting the found-footage shorts from the first movies, and the new title and synopsis reflects this. The next sequel will be titled V/H/S Viral and apparently centers on “fame-obsessed teens who unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.”

The previous entries contained a mixed bag of short horror films from a variety of directors and now we have a list of V/H/S Viral‘s contributors: Todd Lincoln (The Apparition), Nacho Vigalondo (the upcoming Open Windows), Marcel Sarmiento (The ABCs of Death), Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead), Justin Benson (Resolution) and Aaron Moorhead (A Glaring Emission). The cast will feature a familiar face to fans of Justified and The Crazies in the form of Justin Welborn, with Emmy Argo the only other named thespian involved.

Also, check out the first image for V/H/S Viral below (click the image to enlarge):

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V/H/S 2 was a decided improvement over its predecessor, with the strongest segments helmed by some innovative directors, like Gareth Evans (The Raid 2), and Blair Witch‘s Eduardo Sánchez. Once again, the line-up of the third V/H/S film features an entirely new roster of talent – and this might prove to be its main weakness.

With the possible exception of Nacho Vigalondo and Marcel Sarmiento, both of whom worked on The ABCs of Death, none of these directors are particularly well-known, even among hardcore horror fans. The previous entries included segments by some very interesting directors, like Ti West (The Sacrament) and Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies), and at this point the new line-up feels more run of the mill than anything else.

The new approach feels even more gimmicky than ever, what with the newfangled interweb angle, and sounds close to the premise of director Zachary Donohue’s The Den, which takes place entirely through webcams and video chatrooms. Can new blood take the franchise in an engaging direction, or has the V/H/S experiment run its course? We’ll find out soon.

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V/H/S Viral currently has no release date. Stay tuned for more details.

Source: Screen Daily

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  1. I love the V/H/S films but reading this, it sounds like it could play on the same story of “how far would you go to become famous?” that other movies (horror and otherwise) have been exploring for years. Hope it turns out good but I liked the idea of finding old tapes and not knowing if they were real or not.

    As for the lack of name talent behind and in front of the camera, my only response to that is “everyone has to start somewhere” and you never know, someone involved might turn out to be the next big director/actor/writer.

    • I think the new wraparound story could work as long as it isn’t that. I felt like the blank tape stories worked both times as far as the dread factor (the second one was an improvement on that by adding a real story with the kid making his own tape). As long as they don’t use it as a completely cheap gimmick that doesn’t satisfy either of those things. As for the directors, I hadn’t really heard of any of them from the first two and was pleasantly surprised. I also haven’t gotten as tired of found footage as some seem to have. There are many bad examples of it, of course, as it became a fad, but it can put you in the movie in a creepy way when done correctly. I’ll check it out. Hope it isn’t a big dropoff from the second.

      • Yeah, I’m one of the few people still banging the found footage drum on this site because while we’ve seen loads of really bad ones (Paranormal Activity, I’m looking at you), the genre is still open to a lot of great ideas for both short and full length movies.

        The trick is to make everything seem natural (a lot of them don’t and the opening 20 minutes always feels tacked on like they got the bulk of the film done then remembered they needed to set everything up) and to also make the characters likeable (most found footage films in popular culture and wide release tend to have annoying characters you can’t wait to see the back of, Welcome To The Jungle being one of them with obnoxious 20-somethings coming face to face with cannibals).

        You could have a wrap-around “plot” for one of these films as something simple like those “reaction” videos that populate Youtube where we’re watching a group of people filming themselves watching and reacting to videos they pulled from the dark net (using Tor) and then something happens amongst/to them at the end.

        That could work and hell, as long as they credit me in some way during the movie then anyone involved in the V/H/S franchise that may or may not be reading this can feel free to use that idea for no monetary gain on my part whatsoever.

        • Forgot to add, I loved the cassette thing too because it’s like when you clear out a room in the house and find all these unmarked VHS tapes from the 80s and 90s and have no idea what’s on it until you find a player and put the tape in to watch.

          Usually, it’s something innocent like an old TV show or movie that someone taped (I have the Michael Jackson film Moonwalker on VHS taped off TV for example) or something unexpected (a friend of mine found an old tape marked “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” but when we decided to watch, it turns out someone had taped over it and there was nothing but….ahem….”adult content” on the tape from one of the many channels that catered to that audience before the arrival of the internet).

          Faces Of Death used to be traded and borrowed in unmarked VHS tape form too. That’s how we saw it as children, anyway, a friend’s older sister bringing a copy over.

          That’s why V/H/S works so well for me, reminds me of those times when a tape could hold anything and you had no preview thumbnail image.

  2. “V/H/S 2 was a decided improvement over its predecessor”

    Hah, uh, no
    The first was way better. But the Zombie segment from VHS2 was really good. Safe Haven was pretty cool but the dumb ending with the monster saying “papa” really ruined it.
    Both movies are really good though

    • I dunno, I thought V/H/S 2 was far superior because the segments had a better quality to them (even if the Phase I Clinical Trials segment of the sequel belonged on the first movie in place of Amateur Night because PICT had the same poor quality as the rest of the first film and AN was brilliant like the rest of the sequel).

      Plus the wraparound in the first one was full of obnoxious teens/20-somethings attacking random women like animals, finding it hilarious and then breaking into a house to steal a tape for money. They’re just the kind of people who I imagine laugh at Seth Rogen films and get off on the idea of people being hurt badly and finding entertainment in it. Couldn’t wait for them to be killed off (as they inevitably were) and still wonder why horror movies have such unlikeable characters in the script.

      The zombie segment from the sequel was ok but not that good, had a decent concept at least but Safe Haven was definitely the winner and the “papa” thing was just perfect. His unborn child had become a demon thanks to some weird ritual. Lesser writers/directors would’ve turned that idea into a full length movie and explored more of what happened next but thankfully, this time they didn’t.

      Alien Abduction Slumber Party was ok but reminded me too much of a found footage film from 1997 called The McPherson Tapes, about a family celebrating Thanksgiving that catch a UFO on camera then get abducted at the end with the final shot being an alien stopping in front of the camera, turning towards it then waving its hand to turn the screen to static.

  3. “none of these directors are particularly well-known, even among hardcore horror fans”

    I beg to differ, Anthony Vieira. Sounds like you need to watch Dance of the Dead, which Sam Raimi himself hand-picked for distribution. It kicks ass and well known to most horror fans. :)

    This group is definitely not run of the mill.

  4. The trailer sucks. I remember seeing the trailers for the first two and thinking that looks pretty creepy and scary. I didn’t think that at any point watching this one, all it really did was make me want to go watch the first two. Maybe it will be good, good or not I’m going to at least watch it once