UNFRIENDED is a found-footage supernatural horror film directed and produced by Levan Gabriadze and written by Nelson Greaves.
It has been one year since Laura Barns killed herself after an embarrassing video of her was leaked on YouTube. On Skype, Blaire and her five friends gather to chat but a mysterious user is there whom they cannot get rid of. Billie227 claims to be Laura Barns who is simultaneously messaging Blaire and messing with their computers to prove she’s not just a prankster. One by one, she plays games with them, each resulting in one becoming possessed and killing themselves.
It is revealed that all of them left insulting comments on the YouTube video. She reveals their secrets – mainly that they all betrayed each other in some way – and when only Blaire and her boyfriend are left, she demands to know who posted the video. Blaire finally confesses that her boyfriend did it and he is promptly killed. But when Blaire tries to remind Laura how close they were, Laura posts the full video revealing Blaire was the one filming that night, laughing at Laura’s expense. The demon version of Laura then appears in Blaire’s house and kills her, too.
Why It Sucks
- The movie goes to show that many Hollywood writers know nothing about how kids think or work.
- It's a by-the-numbers slasher script: antagonist is a wronged person returning from the grave to enact revenge, protagonists are a group of people with dark secrets. The only change it makes is to add "on the internet!" to everything.
- Poor acting.
- Relies on cliches, such as jump scares.
- Of the two main deaths, the hand-in-a-blender wouldn't actually be fatal (loss of a hand is eminently survivable and the blender would jam when it hit bone anyway, although Ken does slit his throat) and the curling iron only would be if Jess choked to death on it.
- The main characters are extremely unlikable and unsympathetic. They were partially involved in the video that prompted Laura's suicide, and they range from jerks to very despicable. They have also committed some sort of betrayal to each other (e.g, cheating, spreading rumors, you get the idea).
- This means that the antagonist, Laura, is more likable and sympathetic than the protagonists.
- Blaire is a moron, constantly turning to Mitch every time she gets scared because she's too much of a wet blanket to do anything herself. She was also the one who recorded the video that lead to Laura killing herself.
- If you cut out the scenes where Ken lodges his hand into a blender and Jess having a hair curling iron shoved down her throat, the movie really isn't even a horror film.
- Everyone in the movie cannot go without a single sentence without a curse word, which shows they are trying to make themselves look cool.
- It has a pretty interesting, but also very stupid concept. The whole entire film is focused on Blaire's laptop screen.
- There are a couple of errors with the Macbook that Blaire uses, one of which showing that Blaire's hard drive is only 16 GB, which is barely enough for the macOS operating system.
- The death scenes actually look realistic in gore terms, if not in terms of actual possibility.
- The Universal opening logo looks cool.
- Some unintentionally funny scenes.
- The film uses unsent and deleted messages to show what is going on inside the character's head rather than them just telling the viewers outright.
Despite the film received mix to positive reviews from critics, 61% based on 184 reviews, with an average rating of 5.93/10, it was showned to be disappointed from the audiences, with a 37% audience score rating.
- The movie's website had an interactive video, and you could chat to Laura Barns (supposedly billie227). It was made to promote the movie before and during its cinema release.