ANTIVIRAL is a feature debut from Brandon Cronenberg, the son of famed Toronto filmmaker David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, Cosmopolis). Starring Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith and Malcolm McDowell, the cybermedical sci-fi vampire thriller is set in a clinic that harvests the viruses of sick celebrities. The film, which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, will plays at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The story follows Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones from “X-Men: First Class”), an employee of an unusual company that sells celebrity diseases to deranged fans. By becoming infected with the same viruses that have afflicted their favourite stars, these disturbed celebrity devotees hope to get a little closer to their famous idols. But when Syd is infected by a disease that took the life of a young starlet (played by frequent David Cronenberg collaborator Sarah Gadon), he suddenly finds that he has become a twisted collector’s item.
In addition to the trailer, the film’s creators have launched a shudder-inducing viral site - LucasClinic.com - invites prospective patients to explore some of the “treatments” they offer, including the celebrity infirmities like the Norwalk virus, whooping cough, and herpes.