Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

dir. Stephen Susco

Unfriended managed the spectacular feat of having dumb predictable characters with a dumb predictable plot, yet still being a half-decent movie, purely through innovative use of its form. Unfriended: Dark Web decides to eschew the redemption and just stick to being entirely dumb. Most of it seems to be a personal contest between the cast over who can get their teary eyes and snotty nose as close to the camera as possible. At the pinnacle of the “scares”, there’s an unprecedented amount of focus on a pixelated rowing boat drifting through a tunnel, coming across less like a terrifying glimpse into the abyss and more like a screensaver on Windows 95.

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