It feels like only two weeks ago that we learned the third film in the V/H/S horror anthology franchise was going to be called V/H/S Viral. Everyone but the film’s producers and distributor (Magnet Releasing) knows it will be changed to V/H/S/3 before it releases later this year, but for now we’re going along with the bit.
The first teaser has just dropped, and while most of the running time is devoted to footage from the first two films we do get an exciting and somewhat promising glimpse of the horror shorts to come. It looks to be a fun mix of supernatural horror and generally f*cked up shenanigans, and hopefully it also keeps up the quality increase we saw from the first film to the second.
Keep reading for a look at the first teaser for V/H/S Viral.
So yeah, not much to work with there aside from a random selection of suitably creepy images, but after the fun of V/H/S/2 I’m definitely on board for the sequel. All we know of the plot so far remains the single log-line — “Fame-obsessed teens hell-bent on capturing the next viral video discover they are the stars of the latest internet sensation.” — but the teaser’s format offers an interesting clue and concept that I hadn’t even thought of in regard to the franchise.
There’s not a narrative between shorts… there’s a possible narrative thread between the films.
“In 2012 they were uncovered” refers to the initial discovery of the tapes by the group of assholes who break into the old guys house in V/H/S. “In 2013 they were unleashed” implies that the tapes the private eyes find in V/H/S/2 are from the same stash and that now they’re spreading into other people’s homes and minds. Which brings us to part three’s message that “In 2014 they go viral.”
Is there an evil of some sort captured on the tapes that’s now about to move well beyond the confines of a single VCR player and on to the world wide web? And if that’s the case, does V/H/S even make sense as a title any more once the stories of terror become YouTube videos?
Or am I just reading too much into the marketing?