Antisocial

Fantasia 2013: The Trailer for Antisocial

The fellas at Twitch have debuted the trailer for the Candian horror production Antisocial, from director Cody Calahan.

The film is making its premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival (you can read our review here).  Head inside for the preview.

As the synopsis goes: Antisocial begins on New Year’s Eve in the not so distant future. Five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they are told to barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this outbreak. Information and video footage over flow their computers as hey descend further into the cause and the ensuing chaos. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Who is safe? Who can they trust? Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness…and there is no going back.

Fantasia 2013 Review: Antisocial

Social media sites are a great way to connect with friends and family and to exchange ideas and share experiences, but they also open the door to creepers, identity theft, moreover, an utter lack of privacy.  But what if a site like Facebook – or, in Antisocial’s case, the “Social Redroom” – played host to something far more sinister, something almost Cronenbergian that spreads quickly through society, unleashing a nasty level of violence and mayhem.

It’s a nifty notion, sadly, Antisocial – from Canadian filmmaker Cody Calahan – fails to follow through all the way on the idea and give the film its own identity.  Instead, it clumsily meanders through a narrative that lifts generously from works like Pulse, The Signal, 28 Days Later, Cabin Fever and the Stephen King novel “Cell.”