Friend Request

Movies, Horror
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This social-media slasher about a cursed Facebook account is generic but effective.

Friend Request is the kind of horror movie you probably watched at a sleepover as a teenager. It’s scary, a bit cheesy and plugged into the zeitgeist. The story follows Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey), a popular college kid who accepts a loner’s friend request on Facebook. The result? A curse that plays out like an online virus causing all of her friends to drop dead, one by one, in a Final Destination-meets-The Craft kinda way.

The death scenes are genuinely hide-behind-your-fingers terrifying, but each one of Laura’s pals is so self-absorbed that you’ll joyously embrace their gory fate. Plus, the film has a whole other level of (unintended) humor thanks to cheesetastic lines like "Unfriend that dead bitch!" The film is strung together with teen horror clichés: creepy childhood flashbacks and a load of witchcraft. However, it also deals with the very modern way our digital and real-life worlds converge.

The most cinematically interesting parts of the film are those where it zooms in on characters’ Facebook profiles, turning pictures and videos into full-screen hallucinations. Like Scream and The Ring, Friend Request is probably best watched with a tongue-in-cheek attitude and plenty of take-in junk food—and I mean that in a good way.

Details

Release details

Rated:
R
Release date:
Friday September 22 2017
Duration:
92 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Simon Verhoeven
Screenwriter:
Simon Verhoeven, Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch
Cast:
Alycia Debnam-Carey
William Moseley
Connor Paolo

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