Who would have thought that 2012’s scrappy, micro-budget horror anthology V/H/S had even the slimmest chance of scoring franchisement? Last year saw the release of that film’s follow-up, the arguably superior V/H/S 2, a movie that rather demonstrably earned most of its goodwill on the strength of The Raid 2: Berandal  director Gareth Evans’ personal contribution to it; now, we’re staring down the barrel of the next generation of videotaped terror, V/H/S 3 (aka V/H/S Viral), which promises to take its conceit online, sewing its numerous sundry evils across the web.

Today, we’ve been gifted with a brief glimpse of just what those evils might be in the first trailer for the omnibus series’ latest go-round, which can be seen above. Of course, there’s as much time dedicated to V/H/S Viral‘s predecessors as to V/H/S Viral itself; that’s just one of the requirements of franchise maintenance, and if nothing else, the clip makes it crystal clear that the minds behind the film mean to create a sort of shared universe of VCR’d fear.

On top of that, the teaser is cut up like there’s no tomorrow, but maybe that’s more of a blessing than a curse. For what little we actually see from V/H/S Viral – about forty seconds’ worth of footage – it’s hard to decipher exactly what it is that we’re seeing; a pair of monstrous claws here, a person getting sucked into a chair there, creepy medical experiments here. What all of that means remains a mystery, and a little mystery can be good for productions like this, which make their bones by taking viewers off-guard.

There’s a wide spread of rampant weirdness littered throughout the V/H/S series; succubi, slashers, apocalyptic suicide cults, aliens, ghosts, jilted lovers, possessions, and so much more. Going into V/H/S Viral anticipating what the newest batch of filmmakers called to the franchise’s cause – including Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, the impending Open Windows), Marcel Sarmiento (The ABCs of Death), and Justin Benson (Resolution), among others – have in store for their audience – that is perhaps the best case scenario, for how viewers approach seeing this film.

If the trailer alone isn’t enough, the crew over at Bloody Disgusting have also proudly unveiled V/H/S Viral‘s first official poster, which builds off of the images used to promote the other V/H/S movies of yore:

V/H/S Viral hits theaters this fall, by way of Magnet releasing, so in between now and then, feel free to ponder what frights might be brought to bear in V/H/S Viral; that’s all part of the fun. While it’s probably unwise to hold the film to the expectations set by V/H/S 2‘s “Safe Haven” segment, that film is strong enough taken in total to suggest we’ll be in for a bloody good ride with this latest bit of frightful VCR viewing.

V/H/S Viral will hit theaters in Fall 2014.

Source: Bloody Disgusting