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This is not Flesh for the Beast II
It's been more than 10 years since the original Flesh for the Beast was made, a movie that I enjoyed a great deal. I consider it somewhat of a classic among independent erotic horror cinema and I've been waiting for someone to come up with a sequel. Strange that it has taken this long.
Initially, I thought that someone just bought the rights to the FftB name and slapped it on Tsukiko's Curse considering that it is not a film but a TV miniseries of a few 30-minute episodes and has none of the original actors. To my surprise, Tsukiko's Curse was made by the executive producers of FftB one of whom was the special effects guy as well.
The story centers on a trio of paranormal investigators made up of a guy, Parsons, who's all about science; a girl, Fortune, who's fun and up for any experience/experiment and on the first episode at the recommendation of a professor, a powerful Japanese medium, Tsukiko, joins. Fortune's first question to the professor is whether Tsukiko is hot. No she isn't in the least, although the filmmakers think so. During the intro credits, Tsukiko tells us that she's the daughter of a woman and a demon and to save her soul she has to sacrifice someone to the beast, every day.
In episode 1 the team helps a woman who wants to marry her dead boyfriend. Tsukiko will help her manifest the spirit. Great idea, but not a strong episode.
Episode 2 has the team going after a pair of vampires terrorizing a town. A blood-sucking tree is involved and Countess Bathory makes an appearance. This time around, Tsukiko does take a victim at the end. Great chance to show gore and skin, but it doesn't happen.
In episode 3, the good professor asks the team to look into some fake faith healer/exorcist so Tsukiko pretends to be possessed. Or does she?
Episodes 4 & 5 (IMDB lists them as one) are two short 20-minute episodes of our team going after a group of satanists that aim to revive Aleister Crowley.
With episode 6 finally we get a main story. Recently deceased female corpses are disappearing from the cemetery. The culprit is a bit of a surprise as he in a poignant story reveals what he does with the bodies and why. This person also receives the Necronomicon for the purposes of unlocking its secrets. But Tsukiko also needs the book to solve her curse.
Episode 7 continues the story of ep6 as Tsukiko gets ready to perform the most important of all ceremonies so she can face her demon. But she needs someone to perform a mysterious musical piece contained in the Necronomicon.
The series then is somewhat of a compendium of all things horror: zombies, vampires, shape-shifters, seances, satanists, countess Bathory, Necronomicon, etc. It's a B-series with lower budget and no fancy effects. The acting by the main actors playing Parsons, Fortune, the professor is good. But while FftB was unabashedly fun, filled with gore and nudity, Tsukiko's Curse is lackluster. I'm not sure if this was ever broadcast on TV, but it looks like they were aiming for a very prude network. There is no gore. There is a but of nudity occasionally, but the camera guy and the editor do their best not to show any skin, going even so far as to turn the lens out of focus when a naked woman is on screen.
The first episodes were disappointing but the last 3 episodes were better and I got into the story. A lot of effort went into writing the script. They even throw in some musical theory as Tsukiko auditions some violinists to play the wicked musical piece. I appreciated that part. The main problem I have with this series is the Tsukiko character and actress. I see that the guys behind this series have made a turn to the East doing some Asian-inspired movies but here it just doesn't work or add much.
It's in the last episodes that the series bothers to make some quick connection to FftB but it's nothing essential. So it's best to think of Tsukiko's Curse independently of FftB, then it's an alright independent horror B series. If you think of it as having anything to do with Flesh for the Beast, you will be greatly disappointed.
Average revenge horror
The movie starts with some voice over about evil. We then see some serial killer having his way with a victim. Next we meet Evangeline, some religious girl starting college. Her roommate is some Asian girl who looks like she's in her 30s. Together with some other friend they decide to take the innocent Eva to a frat party where she gets completely drunk.
Some other day she meets a frat guy who takes her to a cabin in the woods where he beats her up. He calls his friends to get rid of her and they beat her up some more and dump her somewhere in the woods thinking she's dead. But she's not. Instead something possesses her and she revives. She's found by some guys who live in the woods. One of them wants to take advantage of her, while the other two guys protect her.
Now she/it begins her mission to take revenge on the guys. And things get bloody, but also weird. There's a torture chamber with a woman there, and I thought this was the serial killer's lair, but I'm not sure. Eventually though, as if things weren't bad enough for Eva, she also has a run-in with the serial killer.
After she's beaten up, the movie takes a turn and emphasizes visuals over story and dialogue. We get lots of jarring sequences of Eva/the creature. Things aren't clear, not much is said. In the end though this is somewhat of a supernatural version of I Spit on Your Grave that's also less graphic. The turn toward the visual is more characteristic of a horror movie made in the 2000s instead of a movie made in 2013. So if you put it among those violent sepia-colored movies Evangeline isn't all that bad. It succeeds at getting the audience to feel for Eva and despise the villains, but not much else. It's not an involving movie, you only care for the lead character once she's beaten and abused. It could have been stronger movie had there been more character development.
Project Almanac (2014)
Good idea that could have excelled but didn't
Some genius high school kid named David-what else--is accepted to MIT but only gets a $5000 scholarship. His mother has no job, his dad died years ago, and they are about to lose the house. He aims to invent something that will bring in some cash. His cute sister Chris finds an old camera with a tape of his 7th birthday. On it he sees himself as a teen in a reflection in the mirror. He shows the tape to his other smart friends Adam and Goldberg. They search the basement where his father worked and find a hidden compartment that has a case with some machine in it and blueprints and research. The dad used to work for DARPA and apparently invented a time travel machine.
So in the next few minutes the kids hectically rebuild the machine with an amazing dexterity and competence as if they've done this a hundred times before. After some problems they get a toy car to travel in time--so they say. They needed a lot of energy for the machine to work and borrowed another girl's (Jessie) hybrid car battery without her consent. She walks in during the experiment and for some reason is promptly accepted into the group. She suggest that they should be the next subjects to time travel rather than an animal or a vegetable. And sure enough they succeed to travel back to the day before.
With this power they discuss what they want to do with the power. They also establish some rules, mainly, only to "jump" as a group and never alone. Chris wants to get back at her bully, Goldberg wants to pass a chemistry test he failed, and they want money so they win the lottery but screw up and only get 5 out of 6 numbers. Goldberg buys a Maserati and parties. By now they've made the machine portable and are able to jump farther back in time. They also realize that when they meet their past selves they start dissolving.
Now they go back to Lollapalooza and have a great time. Jessie hints at her love for David but he doesn't get it so back in the present she distances himself. That forces him to break the rules and go back by himself and accept her love. When he returns, it's catastrophe--both for the kids and the movie itself. Some school team lost a game, a plane crashed in Europe. Adam figures this was all because they went back to Lollapalooza but David knows that all this is his fault. It's because he went back by himself that caused all this!? So, of course the solution is to make things worse by going back by himself again and trying to fix the root of the problem. When he returns, Adam is in the hospital, so he goes back again accidentally with Jessie and she meets her past self and her present self vanishes. When he returns he's the main suspect in her disappearance. So he decides to go back and remove the source of the troubles, the machine.
Project Almanac has a great idea, which I understand "borrows" too heavily from Back to the Future. Like Chronicle--another action thriller about kids with powers, it adds the lost footage style, at least with crisp resolution and no green nightvision. I welcome POV movies that aren't horror movies. Initially the movie is too frantic; it's obnoxious to see some kids deal with something they have no clue about as if they're absolute experts. In any case, the part that should be fun, namely the kids having fun with their power, falls flat, and the movie makers themselves apparently became exhausted by their own initial frenzy. Never has there been a movie that has made kids having fun so un-fun, as when they go to Lollapalooza. And then of course when things get complicated, this movie like all POV movies rather than broadening the ideas, they narrow things down to the life of the one kid, and his single action that provokes global mayhem.
You can't make a time travel movie without leaving plot holes and this movie has at least two giant ones. The ending, too, comes out of nowhere and is more concerned with opening things up for a sequel than in being internally consistent. While the casting of the male actors makes no sense to me, at least the girls are lovely, especially Virginia Gardner who unfortunately has to spend almost the entire movie "behind" the camera, "filming everything." Project Almanac could have been a pretty good movie, but laziness and complacency led to a rather formulaic movie.
American Ultra (2015)
The lovely Kristen Stewart with her awesome hair (Phoebe) is paired with the awful Eisenberg (Mike) who plays a junkie convenience store clerk with panic attacks. As they are about to leave for a vacation in Hawaii he gets anxious and won't leave.
Meanwhile at the CIA the Ultra program is canceled and they decide to eliminate the assets. A secretive phone call forces the lovely Connie Britton (Victoria) to take action. She visits Mike and starts reciting some code. He doesn't understand any of it. Outside 2 guys are tinkering with his car. When they threaten him with guns, he snaps and butchers them.
With Phoebe, who doesn't understand what is going on, they hide in his drug dealer's (Leguizamo in a funny role) home. The CIA meanwhile leaks a story to the press about a highly contagious disease being on the loose. And they send all sort of operatives to take out Mike. None of them succeed but the CIA captures Phoebe at some point. Meanwhile Victoria meets up with Mike again and comes clean about him being the result of a CIA experiment and he was the only successful specimen. With Phoebe the CIA decides to lure Mike.
American Ultra wants to be an action comedy but it succeeds neither at being a comedy nor an action movie. It rarely is funny and while a few action scenes are neat, there are too few of those. At least there is one twist in the otherwise unremarkable story that "borrows" so much from the Bourne movies that it's downright uncomfortable and not funny at all. They could have done so much much more with the concept and the budget, instead botched it with lazy writing and execution and a lousy casting choice for the lead.
Blood Shed (2014)
In the intro we see some Latin guy get killed by some Spanish-speaking something. We learn that a percentage of homeless in Los Angeles somehow live in storage units.
A homeless guy with mental issues, named Gabriel, living in his car receives a key from his brother. His parents wanted him to have it. It's a key to a storage unit. At the storage facility he meets the mean boss who warns him that any violation of the regulations will get his property seized. Also there is the cute attendant who likes him.
Earlier we met a homeless couple that lives there. The girl is pregnant. Suddenly a creepy lady appears who kills the guy and keeps the girl in a cage and is very interested in the baby.
We meet some of the other tenants. An old mute guy who writes on a typewriter. Two hookers. A young kid and his hot mother (the lovely Vida Guerra who unfortunately gets little screen time).
Gabriel finds a chest in his unit and some junk. The chest is locked. When he finally opens it there's a folder with old newspaper clippings about a missing woman and a child.
The creature lady appears a couple of times and the tenants sort of know about her. She pushes her long black nails into people's heads and that's when we see some flashbacks.
Turns out she was a girl somewhere in Latin America eager to make it to the US, so she hires some lady to do some witchcraft/santeria so she'll find a man to take her to America. And she does. But this guy is violent and nasty and kills her at some point while she is in advanced stages of her pregnancy. Actually the guy is the old guy with the typewriter.
So Gabriel and survivors will have to confront the creature as we learn more about this woman and about Gabriel's identity.
A horror movie about the homeless sure is uncommon. The question is whether that's something you'll want to see. But then again this movie isn't about the homeless you'll run into in LA, but rather a fairly young and attractive bunch. Problem is setting a movie in a storage facility is rather limiting and also not appealing. The movie does look very good though. There are problems with the audio, often sound effects get in the way of understanding what is being said. But as often happens with movies these day, not a lot is said. There's very little dialogue and so you can't really care about any of the characters. Gabriel makes a weak lead. That's a common problem with characters with mental problems. Things improve when the lovely attendant and her hot friend are on screen. The background story of the villain is pretty good, that's what this movie should have focused more rather than on the various storage facility tenants.
They tried to do something different here but could have done more.
The Babadook (2014)
Don't believe the hype
A woman is involved in a crash. It's a nightmare based on something that happens years ago. On their way to the hospital to give birth her husband dies in a car crash. Years later we meet her again and the her now young son. She works at a convalescent hospital and hasn't gotten over her husband's death. The kid plays games about being a magician and also builds weapons and runs around saying he will protect the mother. But he's also problematic. He gets in trouble at school, with neighbors, family. He looks creepy and drives the mother crazy but in good modern fashion she barely dares raise her voice, let alone give him a good and deserved beating. She takes him out of school, and some child services people arrive. Finally she takes him to a psychiatrists and gets some tranquilizers for him and her.
At some point the kid finds a creepy pop-up book called "Mr. Babadook" about some creepy guy dressed in black with lots of teeth who wants to be let in the house and warns of killing people. She hides the book but it appears again. The kid becomes obsessed with it seeing Babadook everywhere. The next time she reads it, it now presents a woman who kills her dog, a child, and herself. She, too, has a dog, and as all dogs in movies, it doesn't end well. This new story will become somewhat prophetic as the babadook does enter into her body. The kid will get to enact his fantasies of protector of the mother.
On the face of it, The Babadook is lame psychological thriller that's frustrating and infuriating. Who wants to see bad miserable parents and their obnoxious kids? So you end up rooting for babadook to kill these two in gruesome ways. And that's a problem for any movie, if your two main and almost only characters aren't particularly likable. This movie is not scary in spite of what some odd reviews claim. The babadook doesn't really show up all that much. His voice though is pretty creepy.
We are led to believe then that there is some very deep meaning to this movie, and there are plenty of interpretation on IMDb. If anything perhaps, this is about the repressed desire mothers have to kill their annoying son, who knows. I don't think this movie aims to lead us to one single interpretation. The problem is that I couldn't care less whether this movie has the deepest religious symbolism or presents some radical political criticism. I didn't care for the characters, nor for the story; I didn't connect. I imagine that single mothers will enjoy this movie, or parents with problematic kids, or folks who feel like their life is driving them crazy.
The question I wonder about is whether this director is a good director or not. On the one hand, the story should have lent itself to a better, scarier movie. On the other hand, with few characters and a pretty basic story the director managed to make more out of what she really had. The Babadook enforced my belief that it is extremely difficult to make a good movie about madness, perhaps even impossible.
The Devil's Rock (2011)
Very good for what it is
Two commandos from New Zealand arrive on the Channel Islands the day before D Day. The aim of the allies is to cause havoc there to distract the Nazis and draw their attention away from Normandy.
They are about to enter a bunker but a Nazi comes out warning them of what's inside. The commandos kill him and enter the bunker. One of them is quickly dispatched. The other is grabbed and bound by the last remaining Nazi in the bunker. A woman constantly screams in the background as the Nazi aims to interrogate the commando who doesn't reveal much. The Nazi managed to grab a photograph from the commando showing a woman, but he won't reveal who she is until the Nazi threatens to burn the photo. That's when the commando starts talking.
The room where they are in is filled with corpses and body parts, there is a book with a pentagram too. When the commando manages to turn the tables he investigates upstairs what's with the screaming woman. But to his surprise, it's his woman, the one from the photograph. The Nazi warns him not to believe his eyes nor what the woman says, that she's some type of female demon who is responsible for the carnage in the bunker and who has an appetite for human flesh. He's the last one of a unit that was sent to look for esoteric artifacts which then the Nazis will try to use for their military advantage. He wants to defeat the demon but needs the commandos help. They engage in a ceremony but the commando wants to eliminate the Nazis as well.
The Devil's Rock sure is small budget. There are only a handful of actors and few locations, but it's a good-looking movie. We are made to spend too much time listening to the Nazi and the commando talk. Still, the movie works. Things improve once we meet the occasionally sexy demon-girl. It could have been even better had they picked a more attractive actress for that role, like the lovely Jessica Grace Smith who gets only a few seconds screen time. The historical and esoteric stuff is well researched and well done. So are the props. There's a bit of good gore and effects. It's a movie with the right ambition for the budget, they didn't try to do something they couldn't do.
Spring Breakers (2012)
A good attempt that fails
Three nondescript college girls and their Christian friend, Faith, are eager to go to Spring Break in Florida but have no money. Clearly the only option left is stealing a professors car, perform a stick-up at a diner, and then burn the car. Now with money they're off to Florida where they party and do drugs. Faith calls home and tells her mother how nice everyone is, how she's exploring things.
After one wild party everyone gets arrested. The judge gives the four girls a choice, to pay bail or spend another night in jail. Apparently they're already out of money and aren't willing to spend another night in jail. A local gangster named Alien decides to bail them out and offers to be their driver around the area. His homies are two twin thugs. Then he takes the girls to hang out with his crew I guess, just more gangsters. Faith is starting to get real uncomfortable, and despite attempts by Alien to seduce her, she decides to go back home. The other three girls stay and Alien introduces them to his life of crime, guns, money, drugs. They become his groupies and eventually partners in crime and they all start robbing his mentor's crew. At a run in with the mentor shots are fired and one of the girls is hit in the arm. So she too decides to go back home.
Alien and the other girls decide to retaliate and go after this guy in his well-guarded mansion no less.
Spring Breakers features a decently attractive cast in a fairly good-looking movie. Occasionally we get some unreal coloring and lighting. It would be irresponsible to make a movie about spring break and feature no skin so there's plenty of nudity, mostly from extras and there's also some footage from the 80s or 90s or made to look like it. Our girls spend most of their time in bikinis and sneakers. By the names of the cast you can tell there won't be a whole lot of sex really.
The whole movie is filmed like an intro credits scene with constant analog synthesizer sounds, voice-overs, frivolous camera effects. I was waiting for this to end so we can get to the characters and the story, but it never happens. We learn absolutely nothing about three of the girls and about Faith only that she's a Christian. The only character about whom we learn something is Alien. We learn about his dreams and aspirations in his past and that he is living the dream life. Of course the greatest seduction is to ravage innocence. And Alien sees his chance when he meets these girls in trouble.
Spring Breakers offers a lot of empty style and little in terms of character analysis. It's is more like one of those European movies where one simply witnesses someone's life for a short period of time but nothing profound is offered. That leaves the viewers then to make something out of nothing and some think this is a virtue and over-analyze a movie and then attribute their thought process to the creative genius of the filmmakers, a move that isn't really warranted. I don't think there's some hidden depth to Spring Breakers waiting to be discovered. It is only mildly thought-provoking. The writer/director said that his inspiration was the movie Miami Vice, and you can tell he attempts to borrow Michael Mann's style but not his attention to detail, his character development, his immersive story lines. Michael Mann does create a distance between the movie and the audience, and Spring Breakers does too, but its the story that creates the intimacy between the audience and the movie, something missing here entirely. You do want to like Spring Breakers for its enthusiasm but the movie fails to deliver.
An improvement over Skyfall
In the intro, Bond finds himself in Mexico for something called day of dead celebration which looks like a mix of Mardi Gras, Macy's parade, and Halloween. Bond is going after some guy in a white suit and instead of getting it on with a hottie decides to shoot the guy. He listens in on a conversation this guy has with some others. They talk about an attack on a stadium. When Bond starts shooting he hits a suitcase and it blows up taking half the building down plus some others nearby.
After a decent intro credits scene finally with naked girls again but with some pretty weird and out of place song, Bond gets himself on leave for the scandal he caused in Mexico. The 007 program still finds itself on the verge of suspension as security institutions are shuffled around. Wasn't this the storyline of Skyfall? But now a new mega security organization has been created that aims to spy on everyone.
The reason Bond was in Mexico is because the former M asked him to go after the guy, kill him, and attend his funeral. The funeral is coming up and Bond has to enlist Q and Moneypenny to help out. He was recently injected with "Smart Blood" that will track his whereabouts. At the funeral he meets the lovely widow (Bellucci in a far too short but hot appearance). She tells him of a meeting her husband's organization is about to have to select a successor. Bond attends the meeting where he finds out who the head of this organization is and he also runs into its main henchman (Bautista) with whom he engages the lamest car chase ever filmed.
Next he visits Mr. White (a recurring bad guy I understand) who tells Bond he may get some info from his daughter--a psychologist at some fancy alternative health/kale institute. Soon enough Bautista is back to grab the girl (Seydoux--if they had to pick a girl from Blue is the Warmest Color, they should have gone with Exarchopoulos) but Bond manages to rescue her. She takes him to Morocco where they find the next clue in unmasking this scary Spectre organization and its softspoken leader. There they discover yet another clue and they are off to the desert where Oberhauser awaits them and unfolds his plan. He tortures Bond a bit but but he and the girl manage to escape after blowing the place up. But so does Oberhauser.
Meanwhile M is battling the head of the new security organization that is going online and global any minute as The Nine Eyes, an expanded and nastier version of the current Five Eyes. In the end everyone converges on the same location for the resolution which isn't much of a resolution at all.
Spectre follows somewhat the tone of Skyfall. There's much talk about Bond's past, his suffering, Vesper (why are they still going on about her?), etc. At least Oberhauser's background is far more interesting. Action isn't the highlight of this movie, it goes for a very long time without any. But then Bautista shows up again for a great fight scene with Bond. The excellent intro scene makes you think this is a return to form for Bond movies, but unfortunately, that's not the case. And it won't be if they keep hiring this Mendes person to direct--as if Skyfall wasn't bad enough. But these days they'll hire anyone to direct, the more incompetent the better apparently. Waltz's performance/character is too understated and underwhelming. While the movie takes itself too seriously, Waltz seems to be playing it for laughs at times, very strange.
What I did like is that Spectre is finally a lot more political. There are some criticism of the global security police state, of antidemocratic ideals. It's seems that at last, filmmakers are coming out of their self-induced stupor of playing cheerleaders for the establishment. I'm not sure where Bond movies are headed from now on. It's seems they have painted themselves into a corner. With Oberhauser they have the villain of villains, with Spectre an omnipresent omnimalevolent organization. Then what? Hopefully they'll get the Nolans to write and direct. They may be able to rescue Bond films.
V/H/S: Viral (2014)
Some good segments, some weak ones
V/H/S: Viral is a departure from the previous entries. We don't get the usual goofs looking through old VHS tapes. However the story that frames the movie ("Vicious Circles") doesn't make much sense. It involves a young couple. The guy decides to film everything, mainly his pretty girlfriend. When one of those LA car chases takes place in his neighborhood he sees his chance to film it and upload it so it'll go viral. Off he goes on his bike with cameras attached to his helmet. The chase follows a creepy old ice cream van that runs over people. For some reason the guy's cell phone mysteriously shows videos of his girl. Suddenly she appears on the street and vanishes as the van drives by.
Then we move to the first independent segment--"Dante the Great." One day Dante discovers a cape which has powers. It's like it is a portal to a different dimension. So he starts doing magic with it and becomes famous. But the cops are on his tail because his assistants keep disappearing. It turns out the cape demands blood. But his new assistant has plans of her own.
We go back to "Vicious Circles" for some more bike riding after the van/girl. Someone in the back of the van grabs another biker who gets dragged to pieces.
"Parallel Monsters" is about a Spanish guy who invents some large machine. When he turns it on and opens the door, it looks like on the other side is his mirror image. Another guy who looks just like him, holding a camera, and amazed at the machine. But it's not a mirror image. It's a parallel but inverted universe. They decide to go through the portal for every guy to explore the other guy's life. Their homes are identical except for a photo on a wall. One guy has a picture of him and his wife, the other a picture of a pentagram and candles. The first guy meets the other guy's hot wife. Apparently they were about to do something. In the middle of the living room is some bloody bag and two guys in underwear show up. When they ask the guy to go ahead and be the first, he hesitates so the other guys leave. The wife insists puzzled, so he leaves and runs into the two guys outside who go after him and suddenly their heads turn to light and develop creepy voices. When they take off their underwear it isn't pretty. Meanwhile guy #2 goes to the bedroom to see the other guy's wife who's sleeping, he too has something in his pants. Eventually they cross the portals again, but the first guy's wife isn't happy.
The next segment "Bonestorm" features a bunch of dumb dope-head skaters who decide to drive to Tijuana. They buy firecrackers and as they walk/skate trough some riverbed run into some strange girl, see a corpse, an altar, a pentagram. The skate all over that stuff. Then one guy falls and bleeds over the pentagram. Now guys in hoods and corpsepaint appear and chant and slowly attack the kids who defend themselves with a gun, their skateboards, and the firecrackers, but the hooded guys buy now have turned into skeletons and still go after them.
In the end the kid on the bike catches up with the van that has stopped. He gets inside and there are countless old TV sets. Suddenly his girl appears on screen and asks him to upload his videos. He declines so she starts hurting herself until he agrees.
I didn't get to see "Gorgeous Vortex" that is included on DVD. Unfortunately this movie is not coherent enough. "Vicious Circles" doesn't amount to anything. Which is surprising given that Sarmiento has done some great things in the past. "Dante the Great" is a great story. Very entertaining and unique.
"Parallel Monsters" had a lot of promise but something doesn't satisfy. I don't know why they had to film this in Spain. It's still a good segment though.
"Bonestorm" is hampered by some real nasty characters that you can't care for. And it's also poorly filmed with cameras attached to the kids' helmets--pointing at their faces for some reason and that makes up most of the footage.
I don't know if Gorgeous Vortex would have improved things. As it is, the arrangement of the stories doesn't help. Had they started with Dante and ended with Parallel perhaps I would have a better perception of VHS: Viral. But the ending as it is doesn't leave you with a good impression. At least we get sharp images and only a bit of unnecessary greenvision. I don't see a need for a further entry to the series.