Review: V/H/S: Viral

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I enjoyed V/H/S: Viral (2014) quite a bit. I am surprised that people hate it so much. It has a ton of negative reviews, which is bizarre considering it’s not that dissimilar from the first and second films. Granted, I wasn’t looking for a masterpiece, I was looking for more V/H/S and this delivered.

I really dig anthology horror stories so maybe that’s why I can overlook the low budget/production. Still, I’m not sure what people expected? Alfred Hitchcock this is not. I grew up on horror comics with similar style story telling (Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror) and also TV shows like Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, Night Gallery, Tales from the Darkside, The Outer Limits etc. and this franchise pays homage to those shows quite well, in my opinion.

V/H/S Viral has some cool short films in it – and that’s really all it is. There is a kinda loosely-threaded big story line that tries to tie them altogether, but it’s not as good as the individual stories themselves. My favorite short was the alternate dimension one, which has a killer twist to it. I also liked that it was in Spanish.

I also really got a kick out of the magician story and the “skater bros” one (pictured above). V/H/S: Viral is what it is and that’s a low budget gore/horror flick with no frills other than some decent writing and creative camera work. It’s a big comic book and one that was fun.

This film is available on Netflix. I’d recommend it, especially if you dug the first two in this series.

My rating: 3.5 stars.

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