As far as anthology films go, VHS and VHS 2 were pretty original in concept, although the first in the trilogy was the best in terms of thinking outside the box and the end of this particular franchise, VHS Viral feels like it should be the last time this topic is revisited. The first film came out in 2012 and the series came out with a new film in 2013 and 2014, essentially a new film each year. While the concept deals with home video footage, which increasingly becomes oriented towards more Jackass than Punk’d, the underlying theme is that video tapes degrade with repeated viewing.
Nightcrawler: Jake Gyllenhaal Creepy Confident News Stringer Strikes Jarring Chord
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler is the creepy confident news stringer who teaches himself the ropes and the film will strike a jarring chord with all who watch it. The movie’s unflinching look at the six o’clock news coverage of the terrible things that happen to the public, aka their viewing audience, by the use of roving camera teams will change how Mr. and Mrs. Average will see the news in general. The film punches home the fact that bad things happen to good people and that it takes the odd, creepy and dispassionate to capture these violent and gory events when they happen.