Saturday, 30 April 2016

Friend Request - The scoop and digest

Known as Unfriend in Germany, this is Simon Verhoeven's version (not remake) of Leo Gabriadze's Unfriended.

Sharing same surname with Dutch supremo Paul is pure coincidence.

At the time, I didn't know laptop POV ripped off The Den (stupidly renamed Hacked for 2016).

After witnessing a murder online, a young girl's life quickly spirals out of control.

Pyagrl*16 terrorises lead lady Elizabeth and Laura's ghost billie227 punishes Blaire for cruel prank.

Zack Donohue's debut boasts a cleverer twist than supernatural entity and why it never came to UK cinemas baffles.

Anyway, to business.

Alicia Debnam-Carey - Laura
William Moseley - Tyler
Connor Paolo - Kobe
Brooke Markham - Isabel
Sean Marquette - Gustavo
Liesl Ahlers - Marina

News of former student Marina committing suicide shocks a packed classroom.

2 weeks earlier.

Laura has hundreds of Facebook friends and living the teenage dream.

Feeling sorry for social outcast Marina, she accepts a friend request and relationship briefly blossoms.

Marina is unfriended after going ape shit at school and sends Laura suicide video of hanging out above blazing inferno.

Present day (if you like).

Video appears on Laura's profile who soon receives electronic abuse.

Shit starts to get serious when friends bite gruesome dust and 'Laura' continues to upload each murder.

Attempting to delete video or account results in the following message:

'An unknown error has occurred.  Please try again later.'


She turns to computer geek Kobe who takes a look beneath the surface of Marina's profile.

Yep, this code ain't for cracking.

Delving further, Marina's family practiced witchcraft and killing yourself in front of black mirror was a ritual.

I'm almost scrying at such a revelation.

Oh, being able to command swarms of black wasps is a Brucie.

This confirms gawping at technology with dark reflective surface opens up a gateway.

Just for fun, said translucent object can be a Charlie Brooker TV series and a track from Arcade Fire.

Q: How to 'kill' Marina's vengeful ghost?

A: Destroy the original black mirror.

Using Facebook print-outs, they turn detective and search ruins of childhood home.

Kobe gets taken over and stabs Laura.

She manages to escape and stumbles upon where suicide took place.

Kobe kills boyfriend Tyler, but loyal mass of black perform sting operation.

"Why are you doing this?"

A much younger Marina informs "she just wants to be friends... forever."

Electing not to bring seven years bad luck, Laura cannot resist stepping inside animated landscape.


It's more predictable than one of those awful scary pop ups.

Back at school, we see Laura sat on her lonesome with profile stating 0 friends.

Does that mean Marina is left in limbo?

Who knows?

As you'd expect, core ingredients are kept in different circumstances.

Jump scares can be well orchestrated and deaths are interesting enough.

Ghost up close is The Exorcist and Isabel's behaviour in hospital rapes Evil Dead 2013.

Why, I repeat WHY does Marina's ghost transform into a human child?

Considering they didn't grow up together, that makes no bastard sense.

Overall, there are far worse teen slashers.

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