This year has been incredibly lax for great horror films, and disappointingly so. Not only has there been a limited number of releases for the genre, but the quality of many of this year’s releases have been tedious and less than mediocre—with perhaps the only exception being David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows.” And yes, I’m very excited for the upcoming Sinister 2 and Insidious: Chapter 3. But as far as modern horror with original style and creativity goes, Unfriended broke an interesting mold in the genre, and will likely influence horror to come.
Blaire and her boyfriend, Mitch, keep in contact through iMessage on their computers as they begin to recieve sinister messages from Laura Barnes’ Facebook page. Blaire attempts to report the page because she believes a person has hacked it, and when she is unable to, she “unfriends” Laura Barnes—and the film goes psychotic from there. Laura Barnes’ account hacks onto all of the friends’ computers and forces them to play a macabre game that grows more and more savage. The film uses glitches and other computer effects to create a unique and boggling experience, and its relentlessness becomes explosive during its second half. It is an expertly paced and wholly unparalleled experience. Yes, it has cliché moments, as expected from horror, but this could also be interpreted as the film’s self-awareness as a play on clichés.
Honestly, this all chalks up to: GO SEE IT. IT’S CREEPY AND FUN.