Friday, April 17, 2015

Unfriended


It's nice to see some variation in horror films of late.  While some, like the excellent It Follows, are harkening back to older classic styles, others like Unfriended are going the complete opposite direction and showcasing the modern tech-based society we now live in.  This ultra low budget horror features six teens and takes place entirely over Skype, merging horror, teenage drama, and the hot button issue of cyber bullying.  Depending where you reside on the cyber spectrum may determine how much you warm up to it.  Early on I quickly dismissed it as low budget, gimmicky, teen targeted trash.  Though I must admit, once it got rolling it did get pretty fun. 

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  If Skype, Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, and iMessaging are your bag, then it might be right up your alley. Teens and twenty-somethings will probably love it.  Those of you past your 20's may find it a bit inaccessible and/or feel a bit removed (read: old).  Though I'm a few years past my 20's and I enjoyed it.  It Follows is much better though.

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