Risen and Revisited: Unfriended (2014)
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! It’s time to revisit another oldie! In honor of the reveal of Unfriended: Dark Web recently at SXSW, I thought I would revisit Unfriended (Levan Gabriadze, 2014). I’ll leave my original review right here, for your viewing pleasure:
Originally, I enjoyed Unfriended! I thought the pacing was well-thought-out, especially since I thought it would get boring fast if we’re staring at a laptop screen the whole film. I know. The irony of a Millennial saying that it could get boring staring at a laptop screen for an hour and a half is not lost on me. I also thought there was a good message about cyberbullying and the consequence of putting harmful content on the Internet. I liked the slasher vibe of the movie and how the characters represented typical slasher stereotypes.
I wasn’t a fan of the CGI ghost at the end of the movie, I thought it was a half-assed end to an otherwise great movie.
Now, onto what I thought about it this time around. I still enjoy the film a lot and there really hasn’t been anything like it since. I thought the characters were real shitheads this time around. I mean, they were shitheads the first time I saw it, but it was much more apparent this time.
I also wasn’t a fan of the distortion of the screen every time there was something scary happening or one of the characters were being killed. This is something that happens a lot in found footage horror movies and I feel like it’s a cheap way to cover up not-that-great practical or CGI effects. Speaking of, CGI, I still really don’t like the ending. The CGI Laura Barns is such a crap ending to a good movie. I would have preferred the movie to end after the laptop screen is shut and the shot ends on the dark room leaving the audience in anticipation. OR Blair is left alive in the aftermath of everyone knowing about what she did to Laura. Either would be better than the cheesy ghost face charging the screen.
Overall, I still find Unfriended a very enjoyable movie and I am truly glad that this didn’t inspire a slew of imitators like I thought it would. And, to be honest, I’m actually excited about the new sequel. Let me know your thoughts on Unfriended and the new upcoming movie in the comments!