Some might say that the found-footage horror genre received a much-needed shock and revitalization when V/H/S burst onto the scene in 2012. The film pieced together contributions from up-and-coming names in the genre, such as YOU’RE NEXT’s Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett and THE INNKEEPERS’ Ti West; weaving a series of short stories into one cohesive and spine-chilling affair.
V/H/S enjoyed enough cult success to merit a sequel, V/H/S 2, in 2013. Depending on who you ask, the sequel may have been better than the original film. Someone thought so, at least. A third installment to the series, V/H/S: VIRAL, debuted its ominous poster and red band trailer today.
As the trailer reveals, the third film graduates to stories that include the use of video in today’s age of social media and cameraphones. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.
Featuring the work of THE APPARITION’s Todd Lincoln and DANCE OF THE DEAD’s Gregg Bishop (to name a few), V/H/S: VIRAL graces Video-on-Demand on October 23, 2014 — just in time for Halloween. We’ll see whether this new crop of scary stories has as much of a hold on audiences as the previous two films have.