When experimenting within the zombie genre, using the short film format is perhaps the best way to allow your creativity to flow. American Virus, which is directed and co-written by Shane Ryan of Mad Sin Cinema, is a perfect example of this. Why do you ask? Well, the short film is bizarre.
It tells the story of a woman (Kathryn Eastwood, who also co-writes) as she spreads the word that the world has essentially become a virus. She and other survivors (featuring Tommie Vegas who we interviewed before) effectively do this from inside a room.
The film is quite relevant today, as fearmongering has become a hot topic recently. It also has a strong message, in that the fear you spread can slowly consume you, and it perfectly comes full-circle. It’s truely a bonkers film. However, it’s not without its faults.
The main criticism is that the short film is a bit chaotic. It jumps a little too quickly to get to the end and, as a result, feels rushed. It could have done with an extra few minutes to flesh it out. And though it becomes well-rounded, it cheats to get there.
Bonkers yet interesting, American Virus has a premise worth exploring. However, it doesn’t do so to the full extent. It’s a whole, but there’s a bit missing in the middle.