One of the more interesting horror franchises to appear in the last few years, the V/H/S series essentially collects a series of short, found-footage films by up-and-coming young directors. Mixing the work of relative unknowns with a few better-known ringers such as Ti West (The House of the Devil) and Gareth Evans (The Raid 2), the two V/H/S anthologies have proven uneven but intermittently compelling spook-shows.
Just as the first two entries in the V/H/S series made their bones largely on the video-on-demand and streaming market, V/H/S Viral will debut via on-demand service such as iTunes on October 23rd, 2014. A new, red-band trailer for the third movie gives audiences a peek at its multiple, gore-filled stories.
Showing off more footage of the actual movie (as opposed to the first trailer's recap of the first two V/H/S entries), the restricted audience trailer confirms that V/H/S Viral won't shy away from the kind of extreme material that has defined the franchise. Not only do we get glimpses of slithering creatures, stabbings, shambling undead, and sudden dismemberment, this newest preview also gives us a much better idea of what the individual segments of the anthology will look like.
Of particular note is a story involving a stage magician who may just wield the powers he pretends to use on stage, deploying them to deadly effect during a police raid. Also possibly worth a closer look: a vignette shot like a first-person shooter video game and some particularly gruesome body horror.
So far, the potential of the V/H/S series has outstripped its actual quality. Individual segments of each movie tend to either be quite strong (Gareth Evans' entry in V/H/S 2, for instance) or intensely frustrating – though this may simply be a problem endemic to all anthology films. Nonetheless, we at Screen Rant are curious to see if V/H/S Viral is the first installment of the franchise to stay strong all the way through. Despite our misgivings, we may end up shelling out for a VOD viewing come the end of October.
V/H/S Viral features segments directed by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), Todd Lincoln (The Apparition), Aaron Moorhead (Spring), Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead), and Justin Benson (Resolution).
V/H/S: Viral will break out via iTunes and VOD on October 23rd, and then spread into theaters on November 21st, 2014.
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