Coming to DVD from Radius TWC, Dimension Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment along with directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman is the tale of insanity that goes VIRAL.
Emma (Sofia Black D’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) are sisters living in the suburb going about their teenage life. That is until a mysterious virus begins to spread with no warning through the town. This isn’t just any virus; this virus is a parasite that controls its host creating a flesh eating creature.
Trying to get out of town and to their father, the girls are stopped at a military checkpoint and forced to go back home. Once there they barricade themselves to keep away from the infection that has taken over their street. Joining them are friends Evan (Travis Tope) and CJ (Machine Gun Kelly) who are also looking to survive!
When Stacey becomes infected, the others do what they must to keep her even more secluded until they can figure out how to help. Although serious, it becomes even more so when they realize the military is about to rain down on the neighborhoods that have bands of infected waiting to take their evil even more viral.
It is a battle of good versus viral!
D’Elia as Emma is a strong teen who, in my opinion, is extremely clever and thinks things through. I tell you that the bathroom scene with her sister (without spoiling it) creeped me out totally but I also couldn’t stop watching. Awesome. D’Elia is a strong teen but she is also everything a teen should be meaning freaked out, totally on edge and even thinking about a little romance thrown in.
Tipton as Stacey brings creepy infected to a whole new level. She also has an awesome scream that comes from down deep and I’m not so sure I’d want to be in the same room when she lets loose. Even after munching on her friends I felt sorry for her situation, or maybe that’s just the Mom in me that is thinking “well, a teen has to eat right?”
Tope as Evan takes on a strong role wanting to make sure he is keenly aware of what is going on outside the house knowing that is what will save them. Kelly as CJ gets a chance to outwit and outmatch the viral-inians when I thought he would have been the first to go. Goes to show how versatile being a teen in an apocalyptic world pays off.
Other cast include: Michael Kelly as Michael Drakeford, John Cothran as Mr. Toomey, Stoney Westmoreland as Bill, Linzie Gray as Gracie Lemay, and Brianne Howey as Tara Dannelly.
TWC along with Dimension Films has put together some amazing films with 351 Oscar nominations and 82 Academy Awards. Since 2005 they have released such memorable films as INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE ARTIST, SILVER LINGINGS PLAYBOOK, DJANGO UNCHAINED, PHILOMENA, THE IMITATION GAME THE HATEFUL EIGHT and so many more.
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VIRAL is the classic horror without to much gore. Anytime you put a creepy creature inside human beings to see what they’ll do next I’m all in. The teens are put through their paces starting out in normal teen mode to having to put all they know into action to survive.
The film is held together by four cast members who run through every gambit of emotion and still manage to kick in the basic survival instincts. The ‘creatures’ are pretty awesome and although I could pick apart things here and there that remind me of other films like VIRAL, I don’t mind it so much.
In fact I enjoy when an idea like creepy crawly things invading humans gets a chance to go a step further and that’s what VIRAL does.
The films producer Jason Blum is also responsible for the smash 2010 fright film INSIDIOUS (which is one of my favorites) as well as THE VISIT and THE PURGE. Directors Joost and Schulman freaked us all out with the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films so all three of these creators know a thing or two about making us all cringe!
So get your turtleneck sweaters handy because you are going to want to always wear one after this film and I love it!
In the end – family bonds won’t be enough!