Not too long ago we published our list of the 25 best horror films we watched in 2014 and on that list is Cybernatural, now titled Unfriended, a film directed by Levan Gabriadze from a script by Nelson Greaves. Timur Bekmambetov (Nightwatch, Wanted) has put on his Producer’s Hat to deliver a riveting work that also breaks considerable new ground. With a theatrical release on April 17th, the studio has released a brand new trailer which you can watch below. But first, here’s what film editor Justine Smith had to say in her review:
“The film is not only one of the year’s best but presents an interesting direction for the future of our understanding of cinema. Set in real time and taking place exclusively on a computer screen, Unfriended challenges our understanding of “real” images and the power of the cinematic frame. Recontextualizing the computer screen under the terms of narrative and art, it builds on sociological fields of study that equate our process of engaging with computers as meta-textual narratives about our own experiences. Furthermore, the film builds on horror trends that favour wide-shots and encourage the audience’s eyes to wander. We are no longer guided under the same terms as more traditional image composition and the screens that surround us seem to be in a constant state of metamorphosis. Beyond the theoretical implications though, Unfriended is a tight, inventive and scary slasher film. Founded on a strong script, great performances and credible reconstruction of the computer experience the movie hits all the right beats to engage and enthrall audiences”.
Here’s the official synopsis for Unfriended:
Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.