Fame-obsessed teens hell-bent on capturing the next viral video discover they are the stars of the next Internet sensation. \
V/H/S Viral is the third installment in the found-footage horror franchise
ABOUT THE FILM
The following synopses are in order of segment appearance in the film.
“Vicious Circles” Dir. Marcel Sarmiento Logline: As police pursue a mysterious, sinister vehicle through the streets of Los Angeles, a camera-obsessed teen joins in the chase, encountering others hell bent on capturing the next viral video
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.
“Dante the Great” Dir. Gregg Bishop Logline: An aspiring magician happens upon a cloak owned by Houdini which brings him fame, money and power; all at a deadly cost.
Synopsis: Scarlett sits in an interrogation room. Across her, a Detective urges her to continue her story. As she continues, the story of Dante the Great unfolds, documentary style. Living in a dump of a trailer park in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but fickle aspirations of becoming a famous illusionist, Dante comes across a cloak rumored to have been owned by Houdini himself, a cloak powered by profound, dark forces. With the cloak in hand, all of Dante’s wishes come true: fame, women, money, and power. He becomes the most famous illusionist in the world. But his fame comes at an ungodly cost. The cloak demands payment in the form of human sacrifice. When Scarlett, his assistant, finds tapes of these gruesome murders she reports him immediately, setting off an elaborate stand-off between Dante and the Police. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a sea of murder and carnage, Dante has the tables turned on him when Scarlett takes possession of the cloak and feeds to it Dante himself. Scarlett burns the cloak and tries to move on from the past. But alas, she soon finds out that some things simply cannot be so easily escaped.
“Parallel Monsters” Dir. Nacho Vigalondo
Logline: In the dead of the night, after long, hectic hours of working, an excited Alfonso has finally culminated his long-time project: the construction of a machine that will allow him to go through the looking-glass and meet himself at the parallel world he suspects to be at the other side. He was right: there is a specular world with a specular Alfonso in it.
They do not hesitate to exchange each other’s life, only for fifteen minutes. After all, they are but one person…
Synopsis: In the dead of the night after long, hectic hours of working, an excited Alfonso has finally achieved his long-time goal: constructing a machine that will allow him to go through the looking-glass and meet himself in the parallel world he believes to be on the other side. And he was right. There is a specular world that exists beside ours, with a perfect second Alfonso living in it and looking right at us. Hardly able to contain to their excitement, the Alfonsos decide to swap worlds for fifteen minutes. Mirror images, however, are not always what they seem and each Alfonso finds himself in a reality much different from the one left behind. Gruesome appendages, glowing predatory eyes, and brutal murder prove that some places should not be explored.
“Bonestorm” Dirs. Justin Benson Aaron Moorehead Logline: A first person POV horror-comedy about young men making a skateboard video, who are attacked by a supernatural cult while filming in an isolated ditch in Tijuana.
Synopsis Four teenagers try their hand at notoriety by making “gonzo style” skateboard videos. Kick flipping from roof tops, racing into on-coming traffic, and getting into bloody-knuckle brawls in skate parks, the foursome look to put the finishing touch on their video by skating an undiscovered ditch in Tijuana, Mexico. The hope, of course, being to film a lot of sex, drugs, and booze along the way. Their debauchery has disastrous consequences when they become the human sacrifices for a Mexican Death Cult’s ritual. As they fight viciously against the undead, a darker and more evil creature rises amongst the blood and carnage. This fight they will not be able to win.
The following director’s statements are given in order of segment appearance in the film.
“Vicious Circles” Dir. Marcel Sarmiento For the third wraparound segment in V/H/S VIRAL, I wanted to try and expand the mythology a little while still staying true to the conceit of people ‘taping’ themselves. I wanted to try something that was not stationary but constantly in motion. When they approached me, I specifically pitched an idea deviating from the other two wraparounds, which were more contained and calm (which admittedly was a good juxtaposition from the bookended segments around it). However, instead, I pitched a fast past, adrenaline-fueled jolt featuring an evolving story that would keep the audience guessing, driving segments forward in clever ways. I wanted to drop the viewer into totally new environments each time, with new characters – all strangely connected by a core dilemma leading to a payoff that would include ALL the segments, past and present. Basically the evil has "taken the show on the road", and it's infecting more people, more quickly. So instead of a single idea told in fragments between segments, I attempted to tell five very different ideas, each connected to the other, but hopefully in ways that are not completely apparent until the very end.
“Dante the Great” Dir. Gregg Bishop
“Parallel Monsters” Dir. Nacho Vigalondo
“Bonestorm” Dirs. Justin Benson Aaron Moorehead
We approached Bonestorm as a fun piece that progresses first person POV cinema, pays tribute to the V/H/S franchise, and just generally fucks shit up. It was a labor of love for an insanely talented group of collaborators that should be watched extremely loud with a cold drink.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
The following biographies are organized in order of segment appearance in the film.
“Vicious Circles” Dir. Marcel Sarmiento THE MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT MARCEL SARMIENTO ACHIEVED BEFORE COLLEGE WAS GETTING KICKED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND BEING SUED BY THE UNION THAT REPRESENTED THE TEACHERS OF THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, ALONG WITH DEFAMATION LAWSUITS FROM THE PRINCIPAL AND VICE PRINCIPAL - ALL DUE TO A TINY UNDERGROUND ZINE CALLED "THE GRAVY." ALL WAS FORGIVEN ONCE FAMED LAWYER ALAN DERSHOWITZ TOOK THE CASE ON "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" GROUNDS.
WHILE ATTENDING NYU, MARCEL COLLABORATED ON A SERIES OF OFF-BROADWAY PLAYS INCLUDING "BIRTH AND AFTER BIRTH" STARRING "RENT" HEADLINER ANTHONY RAPP AND ROBERT SEAN LEONARD, AS WELL AS THE "IMPOSSIBILITY OF ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS IN THE FINAL MINUTES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY" WITH ETHAN HAWKE.
DURING THIS TIME MARCEL ALSO WAS AN ASSISTANT TO DAVID LYNCH DURING HIS PRODUCTION AT THE BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC WITH "TWIN PEAKS" COMPOSER ANGELO BADALAMENTI, STARRING LAURA DERN AND NICOLAS CAGE.
AFTER DROPPING OUT OF FILM SCHOOL TWO YEARS LATER AFTER THE THESIS FILM HE PRODUCED AND CO-WROTE WON A NEW YORK UNIVERSITY FIRST RUN FESTIVAL AWARD, HE HEADED WEST AND OPTIONED A SCREENPLAY TO THE PRODUCER OF "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER", AND WAS INVITED INTO THE FOX SEARCHLIGHT DIRECTOR'S LAB.
THERE HE WROTE AND DIRECTED "IT'S BETTER TO BE WANTED FOR MURDER, THAN NOT TO BE WANTED AT ALL," STARRING ZOOEY DESCHANEL, MARCO LEONARDI, AND LAURA HARRIS. AFTER SETTING UP A FEW MORE SCREENPLAYS, MARCEL EVENTUALLY RAISED THE MONEY TO DIRECT HIS FIRST FEATURE, "HEAVY PETTING", A FUNKY AND ABSURD (HE HOPED) COMEDY STARRING MALIN AKERMAN, BRENDAN HINES, AND KEVIN SUSSMAN.
MARCEL CO-PRODUCED & DIRECTED THE COMING-OF-AGE HORROR FEATURE, "DEADGIRL", WHICH MADE IT'S US PREMIERE AT THE 2008 FANTASTIC FEST. A TEN-CITY LIMITED THEATRICAL RUN ELECTRIFIED AUDIENCES, WITH MANY CALLING IT THE WORST FILM DARED TO BE MADE, BUT OTHERS LIKE THE BOSTON GLOBE CALLING IT "ONE OF THE TOP 10 ZOMBIE MOVIES OF ALL TIME". AIN'T IT COOL NEWS ADDED, "THE THING'S PRETTY MUCH FUCKING BRILLIANT."
HIS SEGMENT FOR THE ABC'S OF DEATH, "D IS DOGFIGHT", BROUGHT HIM BACK TO TORONTO'S ACCLAIMED MIDNIGHT MADNESS SECTION AND FANTASTIC FEST IN 2012.
MARCEL WAS ALSO THE CO-AUTHOR OF THE BOOK, "THE MODERN CONMAN: HOW TO GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING", CURRENTLY AT A BARGAIN PRICE FOR UNDER SEVEN BUCKS AT AMAZON, AND THE DISCOUNT BINS OF FINER BOOKSTORES WORLDWIDE.
“Dante the Great” Dir. Gregg Bishop Gregg Bishop started making movies with his father's Super 8 and 16mm film cameras when he was 7 years old and wrote & directed his first full-length feature at 17 years of age.
After graduating from the Production Program at USC film school, Bishop wrote & directed the $15,000 film festival smash “THE OTHER SIDE” which Premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival where it was snapped up for a theatrical release. Variety called the movie “a lean, propulsively paced supernatural thriller, packed with pulse pounding excitement”. Bishop is currently developing the movie as a TV series at Fox Studios.
He then he directed & produced “DANCE OF THE DEAD”, which had its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and was hand-picked by director Sam Raimi (“SPIDERMAN”, “DRAG ME TO HELL”) for distribution through Lionsgate and Ghost House Pictures. Aint It Cool News hailed “DANCE OF THE DEAD” as “a cult classic” and Bloody-Disgusting called it “one of the best horror comedies ever made that will be remembered for years to come”.
“Parallel Monsters” Dir. Nacho Vigalondo Nacho Vigalondo is a Spanish filmmaker who has received Academy Award nomination and a Best Short Film Award nomination at the European Film Awards. Vigalondo's 2003 short film 7:35 de la Mañana received the Bronze Moon of Valencia at the Cinema Jove – Valencia International Film Festival and the Prix UIP Drama at the Drama Short Film Festival. He finished his first full length feature film, Los Cronocrímenes (English title: Timecrimes), in 2007, which he also co-starred in.
“Bonestorm” Dirs. Justin Benson Aaron Moorehead
The filmmaking duo known as Moorhead & Benson are a contained unit of cinematic flare and progressive conceptualization. Their blend of visually arresting VFX, vanguard editing and always-unpredictable storytelling has pushed multitudes of music videos, commercials, new media and feature films through their self-sufficient machinery: writing, directing, cinematography, editing, visual effects, color grading, whatever it takes.
Specializing in anything unique, they’ve made a career of pushing boundaries while even using modest budgets to create awe-inspiring motion pictures. Through this method they've notably made the critically acclaimed feature Resolution, which was released theatrically through Tribeca Film and took the international film festival circuit by storm.
WRITTEN BY T.J. Cimfel, David White, & Marcel Sarmiento
PRODUCERS Adam Hendricks & John Lang
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH Crafty Apes
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Chris White
CO-PRODUCER Morgan Patterson
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Harris Charalambous