A good horror movie has the ability to tap into modern society’s hidden fears. A Nightmare on Elm Street explored the fear of the unknown man on your block and the vulnerability of the dream state. The Shining was a dark reflection of a marriage and husband gone wrong. While The Texas Chainsaw Massacre explored how the sound of a chainsaw chasing you, will scare the S#@% out of anybody. Well there is a new film on the horizon and it will make you nervous every time you receive a Skype message.
Unfriended puts the latest modern twist on the found footage genre by setting an entire film on a computer monitor. The movie is about a group of high school kids who humiliated a classmate at a party, which leads to her killing herself. 3 years later they begin to get messages on their computers that lead to a terrifying revenge scenario. The movie is produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), which is a good sign as he often makes entertaining movies that are off-beat and that dance to their own rhythm.
Aside from the Skype gimmick, it appears that Unfriended may touch on sensitive modern issues such as cyber-bullying and teen suicide which should make it relevant. This is the natural progression of the Paranormal Activity franchise which utilized home security cameras to provide a new perspective on horror. In fact, this movie was originally titled Cybernatural, so get ready for the next logical step in voyeuristic horror. Enjoy the trailer.
Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. After Universal executives saw a test screening of Unfriended terrify a test audience, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Directed by Levan Gabriadze,Unfriended is written by Nelson Greaves and produced by Bekmambetov and Greaves, as well as Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions (Ouija and Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidiousseries).
Unfriended hits theaters April 17th, 2015.
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Source: Point of Geeks