With the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreading, and the U.S. government still remiss in doing much of anything to combat it, a film about the horrors of a creature-based viral pandemic could be a timely call to action. Despite its title and focus on a highly contagious "worm flu," Viral is not that movie.
Made by Paranormal Activity 3 & 4 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the film appears to be a pretty straightforward zombie outbreak, the "viral" part merely being the rationale that so often separates today's zombies from their undead counterparts of yore.
Sofia Black-D'Elia and Analeigh Tipton star as teenage sisters in a small town where something called "worm flu" has forced the whole place into government-mandated quarantine. Their father--Dawn of the Dead's zombie-experienced Michael Kelly--and some other parents end up on the outside of the quarantine, leaving many teens on their own inside. The result: the worm virus is passed around a house party like the herpes virus passed around a house party. Also, if you couldn't guess, this virus turns people into rabid, mindless killers. Worm flu, that is. Not herpes.
Here's the trailer: