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By Jemal Polson, Friday 10th August 2018
Today marks the UK release of Unfriended: Dark Web. The latest nightmare offering an unnerving and unflinching look into what lies beyond the everyday realms of the internet.
When Matias (Colin Woodell) stumbles across a new laptop which runs a lot better than his current hunk o' junk, he connects with his friends online for their usual game night. He soon finds out that the computer he's picked up has a connection to the Dark Web, a horrific, and unmonitored part of the internet. Matias shares his findings, and his screen, with his friends during the game night, and finds himself the target of the laptop's original owner... who will do anything to get it back.
The film is written by Stephen Susco, who has also responsible for writing 2004's The Grudge and its sequel, in addition to Texas Chainsaw 3D. He also undertakes directorial duties for this title for first time in his career. So without further adieu, here are five reasons as to why we think Unfriended: Dark Web is the perfect horror outing for this weekend.
The Unique Perspective
Unfriended: Dark Web takes place entirely through the eyes of various screens. Once lead character Matias logs into his laptop, the vast majority of the action is shown through his eyes. Facebook, Skype and YouTube make regular appearances throughout the film to change things up, but the end result acts like an updated version of the "found footage" sub-genre.
It's a Blumhouse Production
The brainchild of producer Jason Blum, the aptly titled Blumhouse Productions has been an integral part of the theatrical horror game for a few years. Not only has the company brought us Sinister, Insidious, The Purge and Paranormal Activity they're known to most for bringing Jordan Peele's 2017 sleeper hit Get Out to screens. If none of those titles make you wanna rush into cinemas this weekend, we don't know what will.
Its Standalone Nature
Yes, Blumhouse is also responsible for 2014's Unfriended, and also has a social media angle, but that's where the similarities start and stop. You don't need to have seen the first instalment to understand what's happening in Dark Web. This one takes place with new characters, in a new setting, with new scares.
Of the group of eight friends in the film, five are female. Of those three, Lexx (Savira Windyan), Nari (Get Out's Betty Gabriel) and Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras) are played by Asian, Black and Puerto-Rican actresses respectfully. Nari is also in a relationship with one of the other female characters, Serena (Rebecca Rittenhouse). Finally, Amaya, and Nogueras who portrays her, are both deaf, which is heavily tied into the film's narrative. Is this the most diverse horror film of all time? Well, we can't be sure, but we can note that it's rare to see this amount of diversity in a horror film, or any mainstream release title at all.
It'll Keep You Guessing
Look, there's nothing wrong with a formulaic story. Who doesn't love a slasher in which everyone is being picked off one by one except for the final girl? But as you probably know by now, this isn't one of those titles. Unfriended: Dark Web has enough bumps, twists and turns to leave you guessing until the very end.
Unfriended: Dark Web is in cinemas across the UK now.
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