Cyberbullies Beware – “Unfriended” Will Make You Think Twice
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“Unfriended,” a new horror/thriller written by Nelson Greaves and directed by Levan Gabriadze, might influence you to act more carefully on-line, especially when it comes to cyberbullying. Something you wrote might come back to haunt you, even if you deleted it, which is exactly what happens in “Unfriended.”
“Unfriended” stars Shelley Hennig as Blaire, Moses Storm as Mitch, William Peltz as Adam, Renee Olstead as Jess, Jacob Wysocki as Ken, Heather Sossaman as Laura, Matthew Bohrer as Matt, and Courtney Halverson as Val. The movie is about six high school friends chatting on Skype, who notice that a mysterious person is listening in on their conversation. They are unsuccessful at kicking the person out of the chat, and begin to joke around that it is the ghost of Laura Barnes, a girl who committed suicide because of an embarrassing video posted of her after she got drunk and passed out at a party. As the movie progresses, the mysterious person reveals her identity and the six high school students realize that they really are dealing with the ghost of Laura Barnes. She wants revenge for the videos they posted of her and the comments they made about her.
The movie is presented from the perspective of your computer screen. Other people may have found it annoying or a weird way to present a film, but it adds to the message. It is so realistic; it feels like you are in the conversation with the characters during the entire movie. Buffering has never been so terrifying. It leads to suspenseful moments where you aren’t sure something is going to pop up, or what is happening while the computer is loading.
The film is exciting, because it isn’t predictable. It keeps the audience guessing and on the edge of their seats. It has relatable characters who behave like real teenagers would, instead of like the generic characters in most horror movies.
Note – “Unfriended” is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America – Viewers under age 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. It contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.