I’ve often stated that horror films reflect trends, themes and events in society. That being said, we are currently in the boom of the social media revolution. In this digital age, our lives are out there for the whole world to see, comment upon, and sometimes troll. It was only a matter of time before we were given a social media horror film. Unfriended is that film, unfortunately. Needless to say, this is one I won’t be wasting my time with.
This film is brought to us by MTV, who should have stayed with playing music videos. A sad trend that seems to be reoccurring, is the found footage horror film. Ever since The Blair Witch Project came out, so many others have attempted to capitalize on it’s success. At this point however, it’s a dead horse. Every few months it seems a new one comes along, and falls short of being scary or the slightest bit entertaining. Attempting to adapt this to a social media theme, while somewhat interesting, doesn’t work.
Pro tip: Cannibal Holocaust was 35 years ago, it’s time to move on.
A product such as this, has the word ‘pandering’ written all over it. A cheap product, used for mass appeal to the hip teenage crowd. Like most modern horror films, two key elements that are conspicuous by their absence, psychology and suspense. If this were a horror-comedy, that would be one thing. This one seems to be trying to take itself seriously. Is it just me, or is everyone out of ideas?
You can make a product that has appeal to a younger crowd, without pandering to them. Just by watching this trailer, I’ve realized how low the bar has sunk.