Unfriended Trailer Brings Horror Online

·UK Movies Writer

We think it’s safe to say the video above pretty much encompasses everything you don’t want to see when you log in for a casual online chat.

Universal, Blumhouse Pictures and producer Timur Bekmambetov (also the director of ‘Nightwatch,’ ‘Wanted’ and ‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’) bring us what looks to be a genuinely new take on the found footage horror movie with ‘Unfriended’ - and after this trailer, it’s just sky-rocketed onto our must-see horror list for 2015.

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Directed by Levan Gabriadze (who previously collaborated with Bekmambetov on ‘Lucky Trouble,’ a rather more light-hearted looking Russian rom-com starring Milla Jovovich), ‘Unfriended’ joins a bunch of teenagers on the anniversary of a local tragedy - and an unknown party is out for revenge at its bloodiest.

So far, so ‘Prom Night’/’Terror Train’/’I Know What You Did Last Summer’/’Sorority Row’ etc - but the big twist this time is that reportedly all events are seen in real time from the perspective of a single computer screen during a video conference call.  

As the unknown killer seeks vengeance for a classmate who killed herself after a humiliating video was posted online prompting a tidal wave of abuse, ‘Unfriended’ promises to tap into prevalent contemporary concerns about cyber-bullying.

Beyond this, though, ‘Unfriended’ looks like it just might be a real breath of fresh air for the found footage horror subgenre, which has long since grown a bit stale what with five ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies, two ‘Last Exorcism’s and more besides.

As for just who or what is out to get the teens - the mention of ‘possession’ in the poster above (not to mention the original title ‘Cybernatural’) might give us some hints there…

'Unfriended' hits UK cinemas on 1 May 2015.

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