Followers: Review

Alfie Deyes (Rhys Yates) is a social media influencer and he’s living his best life. He’s just started at college and he’s ready to tackle it head on – as long as there’s a camera in front of him to document everything.

There he meets a group of people and feels particularly drawn to Amber (Erin Austen) and after a few drinks, the usual kind of student shenanigans occur. However, Alfie soon finds out that they’re not alone in the house because they keep seeing strange things out of the corner of their eyes. After a while, they’re convinced that the dorm is haunted. Good thing that Becky (Nina Wadia) is there to make sure the teenagers are in a safe space.

Followers is a horror comedy about a group of students trying to capture footage of a ghost. Done in a found footage style, Followers goes from Alfie’s own videos where he talks about how great it is to live in a haunted house to his followers who lap up everything he says. However, in terms of plot and the target audience, Followers feels a little confused.



There seems to be an attempt at making a horror movie for the older teenage market who may be the kind of people who thought about being influencers themselves. However, if that was what was intended, then the jokes may grate a little as it often comes across as patronising.

It feels as if it was written by an older person who only had a vague idea of what social media life was like and doesn’t have a very good opinion of it either.

Then there’s the plot which has many directions in which it goes in, but not very many of them are tied up or even followed up on later. This often makes the movie feel like a pack of cards which have been thrown up into the air and then laid out in whatever order they landed.

Ultimately, Followers feels far longer than it should and seeing that it doesn’t even hit the ninety-minute mark, it clearly exposes its problems.


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