FRIEND RE­QUEST Anti-so­cial me­dia

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re­leased 19 septem­ber 2016 | 15 | blu-ray/dVd Direc­tor si­mon Ver­ho­even Cast aly­cia deb­nam-Carey, Wil­liam mose­ley, Con­nor paolo, brit mor­gan

The best thing about this iden­tikit hor­ror is that it re­minds you it’d be a good idea to delete your Face­book page.

Af­ter Laura (Fear The Walk­ing Dead’s Aly­cia Deb­nam-Carey) makes the mis­take of click­ing “ac­cept” on Ma­rina, the spooky goth girl in her class, ob­ses­sion, re­jec­tion and ac­cu­sa­tions fol­low. What ini­tially looks like a Sin­gle White Fe­male re­tread takes a su­per­nat­u­ral turn af­ter Ma­rina hangs her­self, then ex­acts revenge from be­yond the grave…

There are five or six de­cent jump scares – all ac­com­pa­nied by thun­der­ous chords, natch – and one de­cent idea: that a lap­top screen can act as a “black mir­ror” used in witches’ rit­u­als. Hmm, do you think some­one read a Char­lie Brooker in­ter­view where he ex­plained the ti­tle of his an­thol­ogy show?

Think of a J-hor­ror re­make with a side or­der of Elm Street (weird dreams) and a splash of Candy­man (for bees, sub­sti­tute CGI wasps). 2014 found-footage flick Un­friended ex­plored very sim­i­lar ter­ri­tory – pub­lic sham­ing, our thirst for ap­proval – with greater ur­gency and in­ge­nu­ity. And the way that the lonely, self-harm­ing Ma­rina ful­fils ev­ery neg­a­tive stereo­type about teenage so­cial mis­fits leaves a bit of a sour taste.

Ex­tras None. Ian Ber­ri­man

At one point, there’s an in­ter­net search for “black mir­ror”, and it auto– com­pletes to “Black Mir­ror sea­son 3”.

Lady Gaga’s new look raised eye­brows.

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