Last summer, Blumhouse Productions premiered a little horror film at Fantasia Fest, at the time entitled Cybernatural. Since then it was picked up by Universal and retitled Unfriended. Set for an April 17 release, the next trend in low-budget horror may be upon us. Taking place primarily over a Skype video chat, Unfriended looks to change the way we view social media. Watch the first trailer after the break.
My first reaction is shock that the marketing team was able to get away with that graphic scene with the blender. Beyond the point, I’m definitely intrigued. The concept will be pretty resonating to teen culture and those who sleep, eat, and breathe social media. Technology has grown so fast that social media has become a rapidly evolving part of society. It’s only been around for 10-12 years and has shaped the world in more ways than its founding fathers could have ever imagined.
The gimmick of taking place over a Skype call has been used in the first V/H/S film, but that was over the course of maybe 15 minutes or so. Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows is set to release on Blu-ray and DVD soon and plays into the same gimmick. That movie doesn’t really succeed well due to its story, but Unfriended doesn’t seem as unfocused and convoluted. It feels more low-key and straight forward.
It will be interesting to see how the narrative unfolds over the course of its run time. Unfriended is also a full-length feature like Open Windows. There must be some rule the supernatural element of the story sets in place so the characters cannot get off the call, otherwise they could all hang up and go about their merry ways.
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Here’s the official plot synopsis courtesy of the official Unfriended movie site:
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.
Directed by Levan Gabriadze, Unfriended stars Shelley Hennig, Heather Sossaman, Renee Olstead, Courney Halverson, Will Peltz, Moses Jacob Storm, and Jacob Wysocki. This movie will check into theaters on April 17, 2015.
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Source: Universal Pictures