Antiviral

Antiviral

Antiviral

The sci-fi horror feature debut from Brandon - son of David - Cronenberg, winner of Best First Feature at Toronto Film Festival 2012. Syd (Caleb Landry Jones) is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills superstar Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon), Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.

Best Canadian First Feature, Toronto International Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: MA15+, contains strong themes108 minsCanada, USA
HorrorScience Fiction
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

flicks

The sci-fi horror feature debut from Brandon - son of David - Cronenberg, winner of Best First Feature at Toronto Film Festival 2012. Syd (Caleb Landry Jones) is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans.

4.0

Infectious

Found this movie engrossing and clever and have to admit that next time I catch myself sneaking a guilty peek over NW Magazine's cover headlines I'm gonna feel some guilt. This is a movie about obsession with celebrity taken to a very extreme level The story line is creepy and the main actor does sombre and illness very well. Beautifully shot this is...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Antiviral never builds the sort of character investment or narrative momentum that would allow its visceral horrors to seriously disturb.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Accomplished filmmaking from a sci-fi auteur to watch. It's not perfect, but if this is his Shivers we can't wait to see his The Fly.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The whole movie feels like a case of the sweats, putting you in desperate need of the chicken soup of recognizable human behavior.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Eventually the clammy spell of this handsomely designed but solemnly paced movie begins to wear off, and you long for a little action or at least some fresh air.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

If David Cronenberg's entire body of work didn't exist, Antiviral would be a revelation.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, David Cronenberg should be feeling pretty chuffed with son Brandon's big-screen debut, a petri dish of high-concept perversity and cultural commentary teeming with lo-fi ickiness.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A smart, subversive but rather cold debut.

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The movie can be repulsive at times, but Cronenberg is more interested in ideas than in blood and guts.

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

flicks

The sci-fi horror feature debut from Brandon - son of David - Cronenberg, winner of Best First Feature at Toronto Film Festival 2012. Syd (Caleb Landry Jones) is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Antiviral never builds the sort of character investment or narrative momentum that would allow its visceral horrors to seriously disturb.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Accomplished filmmaking from a sci-fi auteur to watch. It's not perfect, but if this is his Shivers we can't wait to see his The Fly.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The whole movie feels like a case of the sweats, putting you in desperate need of the chicken soup of recognizable human behavior.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Eventually the clammy spell of this handsomely designed but solemnly paced movie begins to wear off, and you long for a little action or at least some fresh air.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

If David Cronenberg's entire body of work didn't exist, Antiviral would be a revelation.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, David Cronenberg should be feeling pretty chuffed with son Brandon's big-screen debut, a petri dish of high-concept perversity and cultural commentary teeming with lo-fi ickiness.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A smart, subversive but rather cold debut.

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The movie can be repulsive at times, but Cronenberg is more interested in ideas than in blood and guts.

Infectious

Found this movie engrossing and clever and have to admit that next time I catch myself sneaking a guilty peek over NW Magazine's cover headlines I'm gonna feel some guilt. This is a movie about obsession with celebrity taken to a very extreme level The story line is creepy and the main actor does sombre and illness very well. Beautifully shot this is...

4.0