Why is it that the trailer for each V/H/S film is so good...and the actual movies are so, so bad? Well actually, I can only judge the first film from 2012 -- which I just barely finished (my brain has since deleted it from memory). I can only guesstimate that last year's sequel isn't much better. But yet again, the fresh batch of filmmakers behind the newest installment, V/H/S: VIRAL, are trying to hook audiences with a completely batsh*t trailer that will likely appeal to fans who can't stay away from these found footage films. (Honestly, aside from the Rec and Quarantine series, I could do without them. But I remain hopeful).
Coincidentally, this new film aims to play off of people's obsessions with viral videos and becoming their own YouTube sensations by, well, making them the victims of their own videos. More in the synopsis:
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame---obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell---bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.
The six-member directorial team includes two alums from the similarly styled horror, The ABCs of Death -- Marcel Sarmiento and Nacho Vigalondo. Which gives me a little pause since I tried but simply could not make it through that film (it was just so ridiculous). But here's hoping for their sakes that this is a little better. Watch the trailer:
Thoughts? V/H/S: VIRAL will be available on iTunes / On Demand October 23rd and in theaters November 21st.