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 Site

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Brandon Cronenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2013


as Hannah Geist

as Edward Porris

as Arvid

as Dr. Abendroth

as Lucas Clinic Recepti...

as Mira Tesser

as Dev Harvey

as Lucas Clinic Securit...

as Aria Noble

as Woman in Waiting Roo...

as Mercer

as Talk Show Host

as Derek Lessing

as Hotel Guard

as Vole & Tesser Employ...

as Male Client

as Levine's Receptionis...

as Levine

as Famous Woman

as West

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

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
Reel Film Reviews

With an obsession for close-ups of needles piercing skin, Antiviral leaves one with a OCD-style desire to wash ones hands... the overreaching success of the film lies in its believable depiction of a culture slowly rotting at the core.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

Audience Reviews for Antiviral


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

In "Antiviral," you must excuse Syd March(Caleb Landry Jones) for feeling ill today. He has injected a celebrity virus into himself, in order to get it past security at the clinic where he works, so he can sell it on the black market. Luckily for him, he is not the worker who gets caught smuggling. So, he gets promoted to pay a house call to Hannah Geist(Sarah Gadon) to collect her latest virus.

Admittedly, "Antiviral" does have a creepy atmosphere and a creepier Malcolm McDowell. But its story really does not add up to much. However, it does have one truly great idea. Which is that celebrity culture is in fact a very contagious and dangerous virus. After all, Bill Hicks did say that humanity is a virus with shoes.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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