Way before Zoom and the Coronavirus pandemic made video conferencing the norm, years before Host used the format to create one of the most compelling films of 2020, Unfriended presented the concept to the masses on this day back in 2015. Pioneering a new subgenre of horror, Unfriended is directed by Levan Gabriadze from a screenplay penned by Nelson Greaves; the film stars Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, and Courtney Halverson.
Unfriended became a franchise when Unfriended: Dark Web hit in 2018. While that film’s writer/director Stephen Susco has made clear his desire to make another installment, we haven’t seen any movement on that front yet.
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If it’s been a while, or if you never experienced the techno-horror nightmare of the original Unfriended, give the trailer and synopsis a spin below.
One night, teenagers Blaire, Mitch, Jess, Adam, Ken, and Val take part in an online group chat session. They are suddenly joined by a user known only as Billie227. Thinking it’s just a technical glitch, the friends carry on their conversation… until Blaire begins receiving messages from someone claiming to be Laura Barns, a classmate who killed herself exactly one year prior. As Blaire tries to expose Billie’s identity, her friends are forced to confront their darkest secrets and lies.
All of the Facebook and Skype accounts shown in the film exist and can be found on Facebook and Skype. (Source)
Shot in one long take, in real-time, with the characters on actual computers. Production lasted 16 days total, including six 12 hour days of principal photography, three days of pick-ups, and then a few more reshoots. (Source)
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