Release Date: August 2nd.
Written by: Christopher Landon.
Directed by: Henry Joost & Ariel Shulman.
Starring: Sophia Black-D'Elia, Analeigh Tipton, Travis Tope, Machine Gun Kelly, and Michael Kelly.
We're usually pretty skeptical when a new Blumhouse movie goes the Direct-to-VOD route, because let's be honest, a lot of their smaller flicks tend not to be so great. We were happily surprised to find though,that Viral was an above-average release for them. In fact, if they could only manage to make their output this satisfying on a regular basis, we'd have nothing to bitch about anymore when it comes to Blumhouse.
|BUT NO PARASITE CAN STOP TRUE LOVE.|
Pandemic panic ensues.
|SO YOU ENJOYED THE PARTY THEN? GOOD.|
On the technical side of things, Viral does not look like a Direct-to-VOD movie at all. Not only is it solidly written and directed, but the camerawork is clean and makes things look like they cost way more than the Indie budget that they had to work with.
We honestly thought that Analeigh Tipton was Aubrey Plaza when we saw the trailer for Viral, because they could be sisters. She's her own person though, and she did a hell of a job in this one. Her character had the most to do, and went through way more of a dramatic story arc than Sophia Black-D'Elia's did, and she was impressive. They both were.
|THOSE INFECTED ARE VERY PUSHY.|
|A PRAYER CIRCLE?|
Also, why would you go to a house party when your town in under viral quarantine? Don't you think that if there's a sickness moving from person to person, that being in a tight space with a ton of other people might not be the best idea?
|WHY SO SERIOUS?|
It's definitely worthy of a rental.
Viral is available now on VOD.
Analeigh Tipton is now one of our favorite young actresses, and Sophia Black-D'Elia isn't so bad either.