Following the huge success of Meelah Adams and Erdal Ceylan's Selfie From Hell, I had a think about the modern horror movies that use social media as a tool for terror. In the noughties era of tech, it was phones (One Missed Call), television (Ring), games (Stay Alive) and reality shows (My Little Eye) that were out to get us. Since 2010, social media is the newest killer on the block.
Check out seven horror movies since 2010 that have shown just how dark and deadly the world of social media can be.
1. Megan Is Missing
Main Social Media Featured: Chat room
Two teenage girls start chatting with a guy online. They think he's only a little older than they are, and the bolder of the two friends goes out to meet him. She never comes back. Then her friend goes looking for her and finds answers best left alone. Warning: Seriously disturbing.
Main Social Media Featured: Chatroulette
Smiley is an urban legend; a guy with a horribly mutilated face who "did it for the lulz." A surprisingly effective slasher with a striking villain for millennial horror fans.
Main Social Media Featured: Facebook, a.k.a. "Social Redroom"
When zombies hit, a bunch of kids have nothing but social media at hand to communicate with each other — and try to find a way out of the gut-guzzlin' hell their school has become.
4. The Den
Main Social Media Featured: Chatroulette, a.k.a. "The Den"
What begins as an academic study about the impact of chat programs on communication becomes a fight for life when some seriously freaky shit starts going down online. Solidly creepy throughout and a standout in the tech-centric/found-footage horror genre.
Main Social Media Featured: Instagram, interactive social games
The most stylish and artsy of all social media horrors, Tara Subkoff's #Horror follows a group of 12-year-old girls addicted to a social media game that turns bitching into a competitive sport. When the girls are left alone one night in an isolated house, cyberbullying leads to madness and murder.
Main Social Media Featured: Facebook, Skype, Instagram
The simple and brilliant thing about Unfriended is that it's like looking at a computer screen. As the characters flick between different programs such as Skype and Spotify, we see events unfold in real time as they do, on screen and online. What could have been nothing more than a clever way of bypassing budget problems shone in a clever, taut little horror movie, and the surprise hit of 2015.
Main Social Media Featured: Skype/FaceTime
Pretty Little Liars's Ashley Benson has a much, much worse time than she did in Rosewood as she moves to NYC and is stalked by a creepy dude with above-average hacking skills. Infiltrating her webcam and social media apps, he's able to worm his way into her files, her life and eventually, her apartment. Steel yourself for the ending.
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