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Film Review: ‘V/H/S Viral’

17 October 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The VHS homevideo format may have gone to its grave years ago, but the horror series of the same name lives on with its third anthology, “V/H/S Viral,” delivering three playful yet thoroughly disposable experiments in short-form p.o.v. cinema. While the scares are in short supply, there’s a surfeit of macabre, tongue-in-cheek creativity to be found here, from mock docs to skate vids, sandwiched between a gonzo found-footage framing device in which cameraphone-savvy teens risk their lives to become the next viral sensation. As portmanteau films go, this Bloody Disgusting-backed, Magnolia-released offering of attention-deficit thrills seems ready-made for the video-on-demand generation.

Only the wraparound segments, dubbed “Vicious Circles” and directed by “Deadgirl” helmer Marcel Sarmiento, take the “viral video” idea seriously, even if none of the teen characters seems old enough to even remember the VHS format. Instead, as members of the digital generation, these »

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