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V/H/S: VIRAL

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  81 minutes (97 minutes), audio commentary, featurettes, photo and still galleries, cast and crew interviews, previews

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Magnet Releasing/ The Collective/ Blood Disgusting/ Magnolia Home Entertainment

RELEASE DATE: 2-17-2015

VICIOUS CIRCLE- the story that bookends the anthology and bridges the various tales as a young man is looking to get the next YouTube viral video as he chases an Ice Cream truck only to have the stakes become personal when his girlfriend is taken by the truck.

DANTE THE GREAT- a mockumentary horror tale about a magician who uses dark magic for his act after he comes upon a demonic cloak.

PARALELL MONSTERS- an inventor manages to open the door to a parallel universe where he encounters himself.  He switches places and gets more than he bargained for.

BONE STORM-  skateboarders go to Mexico to film the next great skateboard video only to fit for their life against a supernatural cult

GORGEOUS VORTEX- the hidden 16 minute short film which plays after the end credits which is like a pop music horror video which is written and direct by Todd Lincoln (who comes off like the offspring of David Fincher and David Lynch combined)

 

V/H/S: VIRAL is the third movie in the V/H/S horror anthology series and I think it is the best one in the series so far with a great selection of inventive horror shorts made on a low budget as the directors reach beyond the budget limitations and make the movie look like it was shot on a bigger budget.   DANTE THE GREAT and GORGEOUS VORTEX have to be my favorite installments while I did end up liking the jerk skateboarders in BONE STORM due to the frenetic action pace.  This horror anthology series reminds me of TALES FROM THE CRYPT where nothing goes right for the people in our tales.   I do hope there is a fourth in the V/H/S series.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary (recorded at Fantastic Fest) is with directors Marcel Sarmento, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and actor Shane Bradey

 

DANTE THE GREAT:

SMOKE & MIRRORS: BEHIND THE MAGIC OF DANTE THE GREAT (8:32)- director Gregg Bishop talks about how this short segment was designed, the special effects, production design, and what inspired the idea for the story

 

Behind the Scenes, Production Stills, and Greenscreen Photo Shoot galleries

 

BONESTORM:

Behind the Scenes featurette (5:36)- writers/ directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead talk about casting, the locations, and the make-up effects

 

FX Storyboards, FX Photo Gallery, and Behind the Scenes Camera Stills

 

CAST AND CREW INTERVIEWS with writer/ director Marcel Sarmento (VICIOUS CIRCLES), Noelle Ann Mabry (actress, VICIOUS CIRCLES), PATRICK Lawrie (Lev- VICIOUS CIRCLES), writer/ director Gregg Bishop (DANTE THE GREAT), actor Justin Welborn (Dante- DANTE THE GREAT), and writers/ directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead

 

AXS TV: A LOOK AT V/H/S: VIRAL- a two minute promotional fetaurette

 

Previews for ABCs OF DEATH 2, HONEYMOON, and WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   V/H/S: VIRAL is the best one in the horror anthology series with great extras, but I wish they didn’t hide GORGEOUS VORTEX as an Easter egg short film because many will stop the movie and not go through the end credits to find this bonus film.

 

This review is 2-16-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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