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The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - Film Reviews - By Da­mon Smith


The cre­ators of The In­be­tween­ers con­tinue to suckle on the teat of lad­dish hu­mour in The Fes­ti­val – a filthy-minded com­edy. Shot at last year’s Leeds Fes­ti­val, Iain Mor­ris’s spo­rad­i­cally hi­lar­i­ous film trades in hu­mil­i­a­tion, body pierc­ings and bes­tial­ity with one hand down its trousers and a goofy grin on its face. Sub­tlety isn’t in­vited to the party with con­trived set-pieces in­clud­ing a strip­tease for a hen party and a med­i­cal emer­gency in­volv­ing an epi-pen. Je­maine Cle­ment from Flight Of The Con­chords is a dead­pan de­light as an un­cool step­fa­ther.


This be­lated se­quel to the 2014 hor­ror thriller Unfriended re­tains the neat trick of piec­ing to­gether a nar­ra­tive in win­dows on a lap­top screen. Music and video streams over­lap with typed con­ver­sa­tions as the pro­tag­o­nist ac­cesses a browser to search for clues to a chilling mystery. The face of hap­less hero (Colin Wood­ell) in one win­dow, etched with in­creas­ing fear, cre­ates the il­lu­sion of events un­fold­ing in real time. Unfriended: Dark Web re­tains a waft of sus­pense for the open­ing 15 min­utes, but this quickly dis­si­pates as the script loosens its grasp on plau­si­bil­ity.

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