Oh boy, if this doesn't make you a hypochondriac, I don't know what will: the US trailer for Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL, which IFC will release in a little more than a month. I get the chills just looking at some of the eerie imagery Cronenberg is injecting us with. Also ;ove the sound design on display, even if it is overly reminiscent of the trailer for A SERIOUS MAN.
In a dystopian future world, Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) works at the Lucas Clinic, which has an unusual and highly profitable line of business: deliberately infecting paying customers with diseases harvested from top celebrities, thus providing a "biological communion" between stars and fans. Though his work environment is tightly monitored, Syd manages to sneak viruses out of the office and retool them on his personal console for his lucrative sideline supplying the black-market disease trade. When Syd is tasked by his employer to collect a virus from starlet Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon), he is unable to resist the temptation to get closer to one of his own personal celebrity obsessions. Injecting the virus into his own bloodstream, Syd is launched down a dangerous path — and the stakes are raised even higher when he learns that Hannah's illness is potentially fatal.
The film stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon and Malcolm McDowell; it hits limited theaters and VOD on April 12th. Bring some aspirin.