There is a new virus sweeping across America (and the world) it is thankfully not airbourne, but the parasite is transferred by bodily fluids and soon takes over the host turning them into blood thirsty maniacs. They are not quite zombies but they are certainly not the type of person you’d invite over for a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Emma and Stacey are the new girls at school having moved to a small desert town with their parents. Their Dad has a job at the high school teaching and Mum is away on a trip. One of Emma’s friends gets taken ill by school and soon enough the town (and country we hear) is under quarantine. Dad goes off to pick up Mum at the airport and unfortunately that’s the last we see of him. The girls have to survive on their own as society collapses, they are helped by the nice guy across the street Evan and Stacey’s sort-of boyfriend CJ (who is a right tool).
Viral is definately aimed at the teenager/young adult market as it’s not particulary gruesome but a little ikky at times. The main characters (i.e. the two sisters) are certainly likeable and the rest of the cast do fine with the somewhat familar and predictable material. However it’s all done with the spick and span polish typical of a Blumhouse production.
Viral is also cleverly put together with liberal use of President Obama edited into the film giving out state addresses and updates on the outbreak. You also know at the beginning of the film that it will soon all go ‘tits up’ as the new housing estate reminds you of where the Freeling’s lived in Poltergeist. If you remember that classic film, nothing nice happened there although these people have parasites bothering them not scary trees.
Pretty entertaining and it doesn’t outstay it’s welcome, not bad at all.
- Starring Sophia Black D’Elia Analeigh Tipton Michael Kelly Travis Trope Machine Gun Kelly
- Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
- Distributor Lionsgate