FRIEND REQUEST Anti-social media
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”.
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