So, by now y’all probably know that Blumhouse secretly shot what seems to be a very promising sequel to ‘Unfriended.’ Well, they say it’s a sequel, but apart from the partial title and internet-horror genre, I don’t see anything in common with the first movie. But if Blumhouse says so, then who am I to disagree… Anyway, for those of us who weren’t so lucky to go to SXSW or Overlook, Blumhouse has finally released ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ trailer and poster, and I think we can all agree that everything looks awesome.
2014’s Unfriended was a clever movie. It had an amusing story; it was cleverly directed and distributed. Fairly unknown Levan Gabriadze did a stellar job directing this internet-horror flick, and quite honestly, I expected he’ll do a sequel as well. However, since then Gabriadze fell off the radar, and he seemingly decided not to ride that newly found fame-wave. I have no clue why he is nowhere to be found, and I hope he is well and working on a new chiller. The new movie, however, is directed by Stephen Susco (now there’s a familiar name!) who already gave us plenty. Susco wrote ‘The Grudge,’ ‘The Grudge 2’ and ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’. I know most of you are thinking: “Ahhh this dude wrote ‘The Grudge’! Yeeey!”, but I should note that I was like “Daym dude! ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’! You got me!” I couldn’t care less what Rotten whatnots and Meta-whatevers said, I love that movie, and if I ever meet Susco, I’m buying him a drink.
‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ follows Matias and his crew of besties on an online chat, as they get into some deadly trouble. Apparently, Matias picks up a used laptop from lost-and-found, and he discovers some gruesome and disturbing videos on it, all while video-chatting with his friends. The trouble starts when one more chat head tunes in and guess what…it wants its laptop back! May the blood-bath begin! ‘Dark web’ features Colin Woodell as Matias, and judging by the trailer he did a great job portraying him. There is also the delightful Betty Gabriel as Nan, and just seeing her name among the cast makes me giddy. For those of you who just tuned in, she played creepy Georgina in ‘Get Out,’ and she did it ever so masterfully.
The movie had two screenings at two festivals, with completely different endings, so we have no idea what to expect. Jason Blum has already proven himself as the mastermind of production, so I’m sure this tactic is wisely made and will be a mind-blowing success as always. I have no doubt in my mind that Blumhouse will be cashing in big once ‘Unfriended: Dark web’ hits the theatres on July 20th.
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On the other hand, I must say that I don’t care much for internet-horror. I find it dry and Millennial-ish. Although ‘The Unfriended’ had a terrific subject and an undeniably serious and heavy message, I feel that internet-horror lacks substance and personality, and I think that this subgenre will always have trouble resonating with the audience because of that. Sure, it seems interesting now, but nothing beats the ‘up close and personal’ approach, and that is why this fascination with internet-horror will eventually just wither and die. In the meantime, we will keep having fun watching some entertaining but forgettable flicks.