The BRWC Review: Unfriended

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On the anniversary of the tragic suicide of their friend, six high school teens are forced to face their demons as someone (or something) invades their Skype call and ruins their evening.

Having only recently caught the trailer for this I was initially tentative about seeing this movie but a slew of favourable reviews won me over. With the snippets I’d watched I figured that Unfriended could have a lot to say about the modern monster that is cyber bullying and perhaps give it a certain J-Horror’esque twist as the supernatural meets technology in a similar way to Ringu, One Missed Call or Pulse. Sadly I was woefully wrong and what followed was 83 minutes of some of the worst Horror I’ve seen in a very long time.

This is found footage with a difference, with the story taking place in real time on the computers of six teenage Horror movie stereotypes. These poor buggers whine, screech and wail their way through god-awful dialogue and make the kind of Horror movie mistakes that we were laughing about nearly 20 years ago in Scream. This entire film is a Millennial nightmare, featuring Skype, Spotify, Facebook, Messages, Youtube, Instagram and a great deal of awful online searches and text speak.

As a 32 year old man I’m not deluded enough to believe I’m the target demographic for Unfriended. What with the likes of Get Hard, Hot Tub Time Machine and Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequels currently available THIS is definitely going to provide more belly laughs. An awful, clichéd, non-scary, not-even-startling mess of a Horror that I’m sure will do as well as the equally rubbish Paranormal Activity movies.

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Regular type person by day, film vigilante by night. Spent years as a 35mm projectionist (he got taller) and now he gets to watch and wax lyrical about all manner of motion pictures. Daryl has got a soft spot for naff Horror and he’d consider Anime to be his kryptonite.



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