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I couldn't wait to hit eject on this whole jittery mess.
I recognize that it's part of the great horror tradition to beat a marketable name into the ground, but that doesn't make up for the disappointment.
A film that contains some of the sloppiest, most ineffective filmmaking I've seen all year.
A sequel so slapdash and ineffectual that its army of directors-six of them total, counting the poor sucker whose contribution got axed-might well be accused of intentionally burying the franchise.
[Its] pleasures barely compensate for the vapidity of V/H/S: Viral's sketches.
Three playful yet thoroughly disposable experiments in short-form p.o.v. cinema.
I think aside from the shorts being more nonsensical and not even remotely scary, the thing that upset me the most was the overarching storyline of "Vicious Circles."
I was mostly waiting for it to end.
Like any franchise, a third outing is difficult to pull off yet, and such is the case here, with few ample rewards to be found.
As a collective, there's great, good and average to be had here. It's always a risk run with these anthologies, but the audience is there for them and Viral is a good addition to the series.
Not nearly as consistent as its predecessors, but at least two of the segments are quite solid.
After much white noise and other loud sounds along with annoying picture fluctuations, the individual horror segments begin. None of them are impressive.
Radically departing from the series format, V/H/S: Viral is an inexplicable mess that's appallingly bad. The film doesn't follow its own rules, as a lot of the videos don't conform to the conventions of found footage (and some of the videos aren't even found footage). And this might be excusable if the videos were any good, but most of them aren't. V/H/S: Viral doesn't know what it's doing, and ends up turning out garbage.
Loved the last two... but this one was average for me.
The third installment in this fairly admired cult series, is not only the worst in the series, but maybe the worst film I've been subjected to in a year that has already seen two Adam Sandler and three Kevin Hart movies.
Read the rest of my review at: http://www.examiner.com/review/v-h-s-viral-worst-film-of-the-year
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Dante: Welcome to the show!
One certainly cannot accuse the V/H/S series of not wanting to evolve. Each film serves as a horror anthology based around the idea of genre directors using the 'found footage' to put together some extremely messed up films, but this series has also attempted to grow its mythology and find new and wilder approaches to the short films. The first V/H/S was marred by its long runtime and general nastiness as far as a majority of the characters, both protagonists and antagonists were concerned. V/H/S 2 was a major step up, as it was shorter, scary, well-produced, and still very extreme. Now we have this third feature which is a bit of mixed bag. On the one hand, it is very well-produced and shows a lot of creativity. On the other, a large focus on the connective tissue between the individual films really brings things down, along with the very evolution of the central conceit, which may be controversial to 'found footage purists.'
read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com
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