Movie Review : ‘V/H/S : Viral’ (2014)

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‘V/H/S Viral’ is an anthology that follows a disturbing chain of events connected by a series of viral videos. The videos consist of the stories connected to a stolen ice cream truck. The found footage shorts were each directed by different directors.

The movie opens with ‘Vicious Circles’ by director Marcel Sarmiento. A young man (Kelly Misek Jr.), obsessed with capturing a viral video encounters a stolen ice cream truck in a high speed chase with the police. While filming his girlfriend (Emilia Ares Zoryan) is kidnapped by who ever is in the truck.

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Gregg Bishop’s section titled ‘Dante the Great’ follows Dante, a magician (Justin Welborn) who has a truly magical cape, that sometimes takes on a life of it’s own, and his assistant (Emmy Argo). This may have been the only section of the film that I actually found half way entertaining.

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In ‘Parallel Monsters’ directed by Nacho Vigalondo, a man creates a portal to another dimension and discovers a man who seems to be the copy of himself. After they swap places, it does not take long for Alfonso to discover that they are very different and that his wife Marta (Marian Alvarez) is now in danger.

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The next segment ‘Bonestorm’ was directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. It follows a group of skateboarders who have gone to Mexico to shoot film of their skating. Not long after arriving the skateboarders, played by Nick Brady, Shane Brady, are swarmed by hooded cult members, but the skateboarders aren’t going down without a fight.

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The film wraps up by returning to the first story about the man and his kidnapped girlfriend, when he finally finds the ice cream truck.

‘V/H/S : Viral’ has an abundance of gore but that’s about it. Honestly, I was bored within the first 15 minutes of the movie. The movie did not flow well between segments and some, like ‘Parallel Monsters’, did not fit in with the series at all. If the segments were separated and had been made into their own movies they might have been better, but that’s just my opinion.

V/H/S : Viral is now out on DVD.

 

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