Bunch of Directors, Writers and Stars!
Rated R - Approx 82 Min.
8383 Productions/Bloody Disgusting/Collective Digital Studios
aka Video Tapes: Virus
V/H/S: New Virus
Mayhem Goes Viral
I sort of think of VHS as this generation's Creepshow....at least in that it's an anthology franchise. You don't see too many sequels to anthology films. Sure, we just got The ABC's of Death 2 (which I covered yesterday) but I don't really consider that an anthology so much as a mini film-fest. When I think of anthology films I think wraparound segment with 3 to 5 stories interspersed between.
If you've seen any of the prior VHS films then you know the score: Anthology Found Footage Films. However the series has been evolving with each edition that comes out. In the first outing everything fit in with the VHS aesthetic. One of the shorts was filmed with a hidden camera in glasses, others with various forms of consumer handy-cams (except for the short that completely took place from a laptop computer's web cam). They all looked like something you might find on a VHS tape. In VHS 2, they started to use concepts like a camera in a fake eye, a Go-Pro camera and professional cameras used by a documentary crew. In VHS: Viral we get cell phone footage, documentary crew footage, police surveillance footage, Go-Pro's and in one of the shorts, the found footage is completely dropped and takes on full cinematic framework!
So let's take a look at the newest entry piece by piece:
Vicious Circles - This is the wrap around segment and it follows the events during a police chase involving an ice cream truck. Apparently the truck is leading the police in circles and spreading death and destruction in it's wake. It's unclear really how this is supposed to tie in the other films. It's quite disjointed and didn't make a lick of sense, but it had a few interesting moments in it.
As usual there is plenty of gore to be had. Some of the highlights include a SWAT team member having his chest and rib cage ripped open by magic with his innards falling out everywhere. Various limbs are ripped asunder by various monsters.
There is some nudity, but not a lot.
There are a few different monsters on display here. I don't want to give away too much here, so I'll just reiterate that the Mexican zombies are great!
I had a good time with this one. It's certainly not redefining the genre here, but as far as found footage goes, you could do a lot worse. I will be very interested to see where the VHS series goes from here. There was supposed to be a forth segment titled Gorgeous Vortex, which if I'm not mistaken is where the DVD/Blu Ray image comes from. I'm not sure why the segment was dropped though.