A new subgenre/aesthetic is on the rise. From The Den to Nacho Vigalondos dense Open Windows to Universals upcoming Unfriended, filmmakers are attacking our vulnerability online by setting their horror films entirely so. Where Unfriended and its director Levan Gabriadze succeed is in its authentic depiction of both online activity and the mean spirit of adolescence. And of course, the ominous feeling that someone else is always privy to your wi-fid writings.
In Unfriended, the story unfolds over a teenagers computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. Universal and Blumhouse are teaming on the release of the Timur Bekmambetov-produced film after it slayed an audience at last summers Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
Universal will release the film April 17th.