Starring Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm & Renee Olstead
Horror is always a really hard genre to get right. Its hard coming up with a decent horror movie these days…you’re either labelled as a gore hound (your Hostels, Saws, Evil Dead remakes) or a copycat, ripping off the classics like The Shining, The Exorcist and Halloween to name a few.
It seems that Hollywood is finding it increasingly hard to come up with something unique, and credit where it’s due, the 75 minute long ‘Unfriended’ leads the way in terms of giving viewers something they haven’t seen before. Taking place entirely on one girls’ computer screen, we follow protagonist Blaire (Shelley Hennig) as she and her friends are stalked and inevitably bumped off by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a girl to commit suicide a year previously.
Taken as a metaphor about how social media and the internet are overtaking the day to day running of our lives, Unfriended sort of works. However, taken as a horror movie, this film is neither smart nor scary and, dare I say it, is actually really rather boring. The so called ‘twist’ is obvious from the offset, the dialogue at times laughable, the characters one note, the skype conversation filming style tiresome, and the lack of genuine scares (bar the obvious final three seconds) is a real shame. Conceptually, this could have been a lot better – a shame then it completely fails in its execution. Let’s wait for the inevitable sequel to see if it improves on anything…