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Antiviral (2013)



Critic Consensus: Antiviral is well-crafted body horror, packed with interesting -- if not entirely subtle -- ideas.

Movie Info

Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate. (c) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Brandon Cronenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2013


Sarah Gadon
as Hannah Geist
Douglas Smith
as Edward Porris
Malcolm McDowell
as Dr. Abendroth
Lisa Berry
as Lucas Clinic Recepti...
Wendy Crewson
as Mira Tesser
Sheila McCarthy
as Dev Harvey
Adam Bogen
as Lucas Clinic Securit...
Nenna Abuwa
as Aria Noble
Donna Goodhand
as Woman in Waiting Roo...
Matt Watts
as Mercer
Katie Bergin
as Talk Show Host
Reid Morgan
as Derek Lessing
Tedd Dillon
as Hotel Guard
Milton Barnes
as Vole & Tesser Employ...
Josh Holliday
as Male Client
Jennifer Mote
as Levine's Receptionis...
James Cade
as Levine
Lady Vezina
as Famous Woman
Kim Ly
as West
Raul Tome
as Landlord
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Critic Reviews for Antiviral

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (17)

How sick can fans of a celebrity get? Very, answers "Antiviral." Imagine fan fetish culture metastasizing. A pox on consumers and capitalists alike, Brandon Cronenberg sneers.

Full Review… | May 11, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.

Full Review… | April 19, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The pace is uneven, the energy sluggish (even the arrival of Malcolm McDowell in the third act doesn't pep things up) and the film feels overlong.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A tough, almost willfully difficult movie, but it's fascinating more often than it is dramatically off-putting.

Full Review… | August 24, 2015

Antiviral is what happens when you make a movie around a fleetingly interesting idea but forget to find a story in it.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015

...a ridiculous and flat-out dumb premise that's employed to terminally underwhelming effect by Cronenberg...

Full Review… | July 16, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Antiviral


A savvy filmmaker still needs a decent script. Cronenberg has more talent in his little finger than a school full of trained hacks, but the story here? Meh, not so much. It could've used more gell time maybe (as the ideas are sound sci-fi, no doubt). I'll be looking for more from this guy in the future.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


In the near future, fans will pay good money to be infected with a herpes simplex virus extracted from their favorite celebrity. Syd is in the business of supplying these bugs, but when he tries out the blood of the world's hottest model on himself, he accidentally infects himself with a fatal virus. Simultaneously trying to be science fiction, satire, body horror and a psychological thriller, ANTIVIRAL has a lot of moving parts that don't always mesh together; its wickedly interesting ideas and an excess of style help smooth over the many rough patches, though.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Strange, sterile little film. Very impressed with Caleb Jones, he has a Michael Pitt air to him which lends well to the character.
The movie has something to say about celebrity obsession, although I think (hope) we have not quite got to the point of worshipping a celebrity so much you would pay to be infected with a virus they had or eat meat genetically made from them, as is shown here.
I would like to watch this one again before commenting further. It is beautifully filmed, but is not entirely accessible on first view.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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