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Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost are having a good week. The “Nerve” directors opened their latest film on Tuesday evening to a stellar $1.1 million, and by the time they sat down with IndieWire on Wednesday afternoon, it was trucking its way to an estimated first-day take of $3.8 million. Not too bad for a mid-week, mid-summer release about an online game gone bad.
And that’s not the only thing the duo have on their plate right now: The long-time filmmaking pair are opening another film this week, the horror feature “Viral,” which will hit limited release and VOD on Friday. It’s clear, however, that “Nerve” is their primary concern and one they’re very pleased to see hitting the zeitgeist so perfectly.
“You work on this thing for two years plus and you screened it a couple months ago and all of a sudden you know that people respond, »
- Kate Erbland
With sequel “Jason Bourne” leading the way, this weekend’s three new wide studio releases should provide an uptick during this seesaw summer season, which is down from 2015 despite a surge of animated blockbusters, continues to stage a rebound this weekend.
Last weekend saw “Star Trek Beyond” at $59 million pushing Top Ten grosses up significantly from the previous year. Now “Jason Bourne,” which is projected to end up in similar territory, could be joined by two other openers, Stx’s R-rated femme comedy “Bad Moms,” and younger-audience thriller “Nerve” (Lionsgate) combining to gross what last week’s other two openers (“Ice Age: Collision Course” and “Lights Out”) took in (just over $40 million combined). That plus reasonable holdover totals should propel the weekend substantially above the $136 million brought in last year at the same time.
The question is whether “Jason Bourne” will measure up to late July 2015’s “Mission: Impossible—”Rogue Nation, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Pretty-faced high schoolers play a deadly online game of truth or dare in Nerve, a breakneck thriller inspired by the gutless, faceless, merciless keyboard warriors who spit venom at others on blogs, message boards, comment sections and any other dark corner of the internet they can weasel their way into.
This movie moves, and it moves fast: in rapid succession, it dishes out heart-stopping stunts and set pieces that will pleasantly surprise those going in expecting a bloodless Ya romp. Plot, acting and dialogue range from mediocre to average, but it’s hard to linger on the movie’s myriad downfalls thanks to the quick pace it maintains throughout.
Venus “Vee” Delmonico (Emma Roberts) is a hard-working, level-headed high school senior who’s earned herself acceptance into CalArts. She hasn’t told her mom (Juliette Lewis) yet because she knows it’d break her heart if she left her to »
- Bernard Boo
Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who are also behind the upcoming Nerve starring Dave Franco, will see the release of Viral on DVD August 2 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Radius-twc and Dimension Films and on Digital HD July 29 and On Demand August 2 from Starz Digital. Penned by Barbara Marshall, Viral centers on two sisters, Emma (Sofia Black D’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton), whose humdrum lives in […] »
There's a killer idea circling this tricked-up teen thriller, which is more than you can say for most summer movies. But the idea never lands because Nerve lacks the, well, nerve to follow through on its convictions. These days, with Pokemon Go turning smartphone app users into digitally-led zombies, a film about a livestream online game that dares its users to risk their lives for likes, follows and cash rewards couldn't be more timely. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who had us all questioning our web contacts with the 2010 documentary Catfish, »
It would be a stretch to call “Nerve” a good film. The Ya adaptation, the latest film from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (“Catfish,” “Paranormal Activity 3” and “4”) and based on Jeanne Ryan’s novel of the same name, is formulaic, lumpy and a little too implausible in its approach. But in the age […]
The post ‘Nerve’ Is A Gleefully Goofy, High Concept Social Media Thriller [Review] appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Will Ashton
Perhaps the ideal thriller in a Pokémon Go era where Facebook Live, Periscope, and augmented reality have proven to be game-changers, Nerve ups the stakes and tension as the sport evolves and ultimately devolves into a Hunger Games-esque battle. The characters are just complex enough and the action is just engrossing enough to keep us interested, but Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, working from Jeanne Ryan’s novel, haven’t quite built a solid-enough foundation to foster a genuinely compelling commentary on today’s social media obsession.
High school senior Venus aka “Vee” (Emma Roberts) is a shy, sometimes anti-social wallflower living in a social media age. Living on Staten Island in public housing with mom Nancy (Juliette Lewis) she’s on track to commute to a public college after her senior year while never getting close to the football jock she pines for. Her pal Sydney (Emily Mead) has »
- John Fink
Beneath the neon haze of its teenage fantasia and the throbbing obviousness of its platitudes about the perils of social media, “Nerve” highlights some ugly truths about the economy of anonymous spectacle. This is a film that knows what people really want to see when they think that nobody is watching them. Blisteringly cool one moment and ridiculously silly the next (much like its high school heroine), this punchy and propulsive late summer surprise is able to capture the way we live now because it displays such a vivid understanding of the reasons why we live that way.
Based on Jeanne Ryan’s 2012 novel of the same name and helmed by “Catfish” directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, “Nerve” will have a shelf-life of approximately 12 minutes (the technology it depicts has been revolutionized at least once since the movie wrapped production), but it sure is fun while it lasts.
- David Ehrlich
A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
The moment Vee (Emma Roberts) first meets Ian (Dave Franco) in a greasy Queens diner, she sticks her tongue down his throat, apologizes and scarpers to a corner booth where her jealous friend is waiting, having filmed them on her phone. Ian follows up this unexpected occurrence by singing an impromptu rendition of Roy Orbison’s “You Got It”, using the tables and chairs of the restaurant as an ersatz stage. All of this has been filmed on each person’s respective smartphones as part of a game called “Nerve”, where participants complete »
- Mark Allen
In “Nerve,” a dark-heart-of-the-Internet thriller made with a glib pop-up glow, Vee (Emma Roberts), a high school senior in Staten Island who’s the straightest girl in her clique (though she’s cool enough to know her Wu-Tang by heart), gets sucked up into a sinister competition that emerges out of the deep web. It’s a game called Nerve that operates through a smartphone app — though it could just as well have been devised by a savvy TV producer who loved “Fear Factor” and “The Hunger Games” and ordered up a show that was a cross between them.
In the movie, anyone who makes the perilous click to play Nerve chooses to be in one of two groups: players or watchers. The players are the bold ones who act out a series of dares, which start off as innocuous (jumping onto a motorcycle with a leader-of-the-pack stranger) and then »
- Owen Gleiberman
Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts), has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
Nerve is directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3) from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story,” “Turn the Beat Around”), based on the novel by Jeanne Ryan.
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- Movie Geeks
Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who are also behind the upcoming Nerve starring Dave Franco, will see the release of Viral on DVD August 2 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Radius-twc and Dimension Films and on Digital HD July 29 and On Demand August 2 from Starz Digital. Penned by Barbara Marshall, Viral centers on two sisters, Emma (Sofia Black D’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton), whose humdrum lives […] »
Nerve follows industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts), who has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
Directed by Henry Joost (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3&4) and Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3&4) Nerve also stars Juliette Lewis (Wayward Pines, Due Date), Emily Meade (Money Monster, Trespass, Young Adult), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black, The Catch), Miles Heizer (Memoria, »
- Paul Heath
Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who also helmed Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, as well as the upcoming Nerve starring Dave Franco, will see the release of Viral on DVD August 2, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Radius-twc and Dimension Films and on Digital HD July 29, 2016 and On Demand August 2, 2016 from Starz Digital. Penned by Barbara Marshall, Viral centers on two sisters, Emma […] »
Following their creepy Catfish mockumentary, directing duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman turned to the horror genre proper with the Paranormal Activity franchise. The pair delivered the third and fourth installments of the now-completed series – the third is in my opinion the scariest of the lot – and clearly they got a taste for the little genre that could. And so, for their next outing they’re re-teaming with Blumhouse chief Jason Blum to make the chills creep farther up our spines in Virus.
As its title implies, the movie is orchestrated around a virus. In this case, it’s a parasitic infection dubbed Worm Flu that turns people into sprinting loons with a desire to vomit worm blood into other people’s mouths. Who said the infection genre was dead?
While the broader strokes of the movie finds the entire planet at the mercy of those wriggly fiends, the story »
- Gem Seddon
There’s a massive virus sweeping around your town known as “Worm Flu,” the government is on high alert, and your dad tells you to lock all the doors in the house. What do you do? Go to a party down the street, obviously! The first trailer has just arrived for Viral, an infection horror where the Worm Flu seems to essentially turn its victims into super-strong ‘runners’ a la 28 Days Later. It’s all here: teenagers running, teenagers crying, jump scares with ear-splitting noises, and veins! God, the veins!
Produced by the busiest man in horror, Jason Blum, it comes from director duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4). Starring Analeigh Tipton, Michael Kelly, Sofia Black-d’Elia, Travis Tope, and Brianne Howey, see the trailer and poster below.
Teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-d’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban »
- Mike Mazzanti
With filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the pair behind “Catfish” and uh, “Paranormal Activity 3,” you pretty can much assume you’re going to get something lean and twisty. And it looks like they deliver just that with their upcoming horror flick “Viral.” Read More: Watch: Dave Franco And Emma Roberts Play To Survive In First […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the film, a virus infects a small suburb neighborhood and two sisters need to make a difficult choice to survive.
Teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-d’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads throughout the town, the two band together to barricade themselves from infection. But it may already be too late – when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus. [Continued ...] »
There’s nothing wrong with giving your expectant audience a taste of what’s to come. Sadly, as with their other forthcoming film Nerve, the trailer for Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s outbreak horror Viral gives far, far too much away. The new trailer is below and there’s a fine retro style poster for the […]
- Jon Lyus
Pop quiz: A deadly virus with the super pleasant name of Worm Flu is spreading around. The media is freaking out. People you know start to get infected. The government quarantines your small town and your one parent is trapped outside the quarantine zone. Do you: A) Stay safely inside your house. B) Sneak out of your house so you can go to a party in the heart of the quarantine zone. If you chose B, congratulations, you're one of the silly teenagers in the new horror movie Viral! Check out the trailer below. Viral comes from Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and while the trailer looks intriguing (even if it is showing too much), this one's impending release comes with the caveat that it's been sitting unreleased on...
- Peter Hall
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