MTV Review | Unfriended
WARNING: Watching this horror movie could change your online habits forever...
By Katherine Raymond
Plot: We all know that things you post online can come back to haunt you… but Unfriended takes that concept LITERALLY. The story plays out in a brilliantly original way: all of the action unfolds from the point of view of one character’s computer desktop. And if that sounds deadly dull, you’re way off base—at least about the dull part...
Exactly one year after HBIC turned cyber-bullying victim Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman) committed suicide over a humiliating YouTube video, six of her friends gather for a group Skype chat. But there’s a mysterious lurker in their midst…and the stranger is using Laura’s account.
Upping The Creep Factor: Messages and posts from someone claiming to be Laura herself keep popping up! As the sinister Skyper gradually starts revealing their ugly secrets, the group fears they’re being haunted, not hacked - and whoever’s tormenting them wants revenge.
Best Scene: Part of the fun novelty of Unfriended is that it’s actually ALL ONE SCENE, but a particularly high-stakes game of ‘Never Will I Ever’ is a standout sequence.
Date Movie or Mate Movie: This is a good one to see with your whole crew—if there are any frenemies lurking among them, it makes for an excellent cautionary tale!
Scene Stealer: You wouldn’t think that a generic avatar icon could be a riveting onscreen presence… but once you realise it could be a malevolent spirit, that faceless silhouette definitely gets your attention.
WTF Moment: A blender is used for, let’s just say, something other than making salsa.
Fun Fact: If you look closely, you’ll see that Blaire – played by Shelley Hennig of MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’ – has the show’s website open in one of her background browser tabs.
Summary: Just when we were tiring of the ‘found footage’-style horror movie, Unfriended comes along with a new twist on the genre. And it’s pretty impressive how the concept is executed—suddenly, YouTube video buffering and watching a file download in progress seem edge-of-your-seat suspenseful. The cast does an amazing job acting together while all in isolated frames, and their growing terror is palpable throughout. Unfriended is clever, it’s chilling… and it just might make you think twice before posting anything online ever again!
UK Release Date: 1st May 2015
Running Time: 82mins
Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Holstead, Will Peltz
Director: Leo Gabriadze