Following the popular trend of deadly viruses and zombies like ‘The Walking Dead‘, the new movie Viral is certainly taking a few notes of the horror apocalypse genre with its new disturbing trailer.
The upcoming outbreak/zombie horror film will try tapping into an engaged teenage demographic.
Viral is about a young woman documenting her new life in quarantine after a virus kills off most people.
She is also trying to protect her infected sister, which is what leads to all of the problems.
“You can’t escape when it’s already inside,” reads the tagline.
The movie stars Sofia Black-D’Elia (Gossip Girl, Skins), Analeigh Tipton (Lucy, Hung), Travis Tope (Boardwalk Empire, Independence Day: Resurgence) and House of Cards‘ Michael Kelly. The script comes from four-time Paranormal Activity writer Christopher Landon (who also did Disturbia) and Barbara Marshall (Terra Nova).
The official synopsis for Viral reads:
Teenage sisters Emma (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads throughout the town, the two band together to barricade themselves from infection. But it may already be too late – when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus.
Directed by Henry Joost (Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4) and Ariel Schulman (Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3 & 4), Viral was written by Barbara Marshall and Christopher Landon.
You can watch the disturbing trailer below if you dare:
In the trailer, we get to see that there’s a massive virus sweeping around the town known as “Worm Flu”. The government is on high alert, and a dad tells people to lock all the doors in the house.
Once you’ve got it, a character explains, “…you can’t stop this thing, it takes over your body and turns you into something else.”
You can also check out the official and wicked poster below:
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Look for Viral to hit theaters and Digital HD July 29 (the same day as Nerve) before it arrives on DVD and On Demand August 2.
Viral was originally supposed to have a theatrical run earlier this year, but Blumouse Productions pulled the plug.
Instead they are opting to test the VOD/digital HD waters with the project (along with a limited theatrical opening in a few big horror markets).
While the trailer looks intriguing, this film’s impending release comes with the caveat that it’s been sitting unreleased on a The Weinstein Company shelf for a few years now. In fact, it’s been sitting so long that it comes out on the same day as Nerve, another movie Joost and Schulman’s made while they were waiting for Viral to get released.
It was originally scheduled to debut on Feb. 19, where it would have gone up against the faith-based drama “Risen,” the horror film “The Witch” and the historical drama “Race.”
But hopefully, the delay doesn’t means that the film is a dud like has happened before with excellent horror films like ‘You’re Next’.