Hey horror fans! I’m back with a review of the latest low budget money maker Unfriended. By that I mean, this movie must have cost next to nothing to make, and even if it doesn’t do amazingly well, it will likely turn a profit for the director, Levan Gabriadze. If it was not clear from the preview the entirety of this movie takes place on an Apple laptop. A laptop which, if I may say, shows a severe lack of desktop management skills and system updates. A similar premise has been used before with movies like Open Windows, being half film and half desktop, but to my knowledge a feature film like this has never been made. Normally I’d say that’s a good thing. But honestly, I didn’t hate this movie.
A decent cast of horror-tropy teenagers with good chemistry made for interesting, realistic banter and believable character arcs over the brief 83 minute run time. Well… aside from the whole Skype ghost thing. Each of these kids felt like someone I knew in high school. Because of that, the language and humor of this movie is firmly in the R-rated space. Despite the inherent silliness of the premise, Unfriended has something real to say about the danger of cyber-bullying and the real, sometimes tragic, effects that it is has on the lives of the people it targets. Spoiler alert: the effects aren’t good. Unfriended’s biggest strength is that it pulled me back to a time when I was a teenager and made me think, “How would I react to this situation?” Most of the things seventeen year-old Bryce would have done they do in some way, and that’s fun to see.
I would like to reiterate at this point the ENTIRE movie takes place on protagonist Blaire Lily’s computer screen, more specifically in Skype, Apple Messenger, and Facebook; and it works! It works because I saw myself in the mannerisms of the computer operator. Typing, retyping, changing words, highlighting, right clicking, it all felt real. If you think that sounds terrible, I get it! Most of us watch movies to escape reality, but it’s not terrible, it’s different. It’s cool seeing directors try new things, some will work, some won’t, but at least they try.
That being said, I probably won’t watch this movie again, I won’t buy it on Blu-Ray, and that’s okay. I watch plenty of movies that I liked that I don’t feel I need to see again. I went in expecting a terrible cash grab horror film and got an interesting, though provoking teen horror flick. The fact that I can say that is high praise. Though, I have to say, they missed a real opportunity at calling this movie “UnfriendDEAD,” Am I right? Anyone? …
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