The found footage style of filming has been popular with many people for quite some time, but V/H/S has taken it to a slightly different level over the years as all four films that have been released have gone and have does something that many others haven’t, which is to create a series of films that seem barely tied together by one framing narrative after another, but have a bigger purpose in V/H/S: Viral. The framing narrative of this film deals with Kevin, a young man who likes to film as much as he can to make his mark in the world. When he notes a high-speed chase in progress on TV, he also notes that it’s in his neighborhood as he and his girlfriend Isis take a walk outside. Isis, fed up with Kevin’s desire to film her all the time, drives away in a daze, while Kevin tries to follow the ice cream truck chased by the police. Things happen pretty quickly when a cop is run over by the truck after ordering Kevin to stay off the road, causing Kevin to follow the truck.
The transition to the stories that make up the bulk of the film is a bit more difficult as people start to receive videos depicting the various tales on their phones and other devices as the film progresses, first telling the story. he story of Dante the Great, who is an illusionist named John who lives in a trailer park and, before getting a coat that supposedly belonged to Harry Houdini, is kind of a person. But when he puts on the cloak and begins to use it, his fame grows by leaps and bounds as he discovers that the cloak gives him access to real magic. The thing, unfortunately, is that the cloak needs a human sacrifice for the magic to keep working. When John is a little too convinced he’s infallible, and when he’s been through a little too many assistants, he becomes arrogant enough to think he can’t be stopped.
Eventually his last assistant turns the tables and the cloak consumes John. When she tries to get rid of the garment, however, the cape appears in her closet and consumes her when she inspects it. Back in the framing story, Kevin and three cyclists he encountered chased the ice cream truck, and one even gets stuck on the bumper when it gets too close and is dragged behind the truck until his feet were worn out. to the bone, literally. The next story that is rolled out is even weirder as it deals with parallel dimensions in which a man named Alfonso opens a portal to a parallel dimension. Upon meeting his counterpart in this dimension, the two decide to switch places for 15 minutes, but Principal Alfonso finds the world he has entered to be a little too strange for his liking, especially when he discovers that two men that his wife guests into their home have glowing eyes and mouths and monstrous creatures for penises. Worse still is what the other Marta, his wife, reveals as she exposes herself and reveals a monstrous opening in her body.
This shouldn’t be fun, but it’s sort of when it’s revealed that Principal Marta, after being attacked by the other Alfonso, stabs Principal Alfonso, thinking he’s the monstrous version she comes from. to hunt with a knife. This movie only gets crazier as the next frame-up segment takes place on a party thrown for a Latin gangbanger who has just been released from prison. But when the music coming from the radio changes to a different tune, the gangbanger stabs everyone at the party shortly before the launch of the next story, as a small group of skaters end up visiting a place that has been marked with several different strange symbols which are, as it is revealed, the marks of a cult that tried to bring a monstrous creature out of the depths. As the cult members attack the skaters, only two of them end up escaping by first killing the cultists and then blowing up the skeletons that pop up once the cultists are killed. In terms of being one of the craziest movies in this series, Viral is by far one of the craziest.
Ultimately, this ties the other two previous films into the mix and creates what could be called a successful attempt at the grand design that is finally presented to everyone. Trying to get past that seems incredibly difficult, if not impossible, but that could be why the next movie was a reboot. Where this idea goes from here is anyone’s guess.