Fast becoming an annual tradition, the anarchic V/H/S anthology franchise shows no signs of exhausting its tape collection. Where the first two films shared the overseeing eyes of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, V/H/S: Viral is an entirely new team. The bloody camcorder chaos, however, seems pretty consistent.
The set-up for V/H/S (2012) was a criminal gang sent into a house by an unknown to retrieve a mysterious tape from an even more mysterious collection. V/H/S 2 (2013) started with private investigators finding a tape stash while searching for a missing student. And Viral's wraparound somehow centres on teenage thrill seekers in a car chase. Where do the videos figure in that? All will no doubt become clear.
Within that framework, the short stories this time involve a deranged illusionist who obtains an object of genuine magical power, a home-made machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters who find themselves on the wrong side of a Mexican death cult, and a secret society tracking a serial killer.
The directors this time are Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), Gregg Bishop (Dance Of The Dead), Justin Benson (Resolution) and Todd Lincoln (The Apparition). There are no release dates so far, but a London FrightFest Film Festival appearance in August is a good bet.