In today’s age, social media is everywhere you go and is a constant addiction that many of us can’t seem to let go. From checking your Facebook, composing the perfect Tweet and getting the right selfie for your Instagram, social media has crept into our everyday lives. But with the constant growth of social media comes many formalities such as cyberbullying, stalking, and just getting under people’s skin.
Some of the biggest fears for men and women today are quite low-key in comparison to some Hollywood films, such as catfishing, stalking, hackers and occasionally an awkward photo floating around somewhere on the internet. Luckily, you wont be having ghosts creep out of your screen.
There are many modern day horrors of social media gone wrong and it is no surprise that Hollywood has taken under its wing a new form of horror genre. As technology continues to develop and integrate into society, filmmakers are intrigued by the anonymity of users who lurk online. People are ever so willing to divulge their deepest thoughts and everyday movements to an unknown audience, which has resulted in a rise of movies that bring our fears of the dark side of social media to the screen.
From the terrifying tale of a computer hacker in Pulse (2006) to the murderous mysteries inside Chatroom (2006), FRIEND REQUEST is the latest terrifying addition that will frighten you enough to make you question your online friends very carefully.
A remake of the Japanese horror film, Kairo, starring Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder and Christina Milian, Pulse is the story of a computer that could lead to terrifying evil taking over the world. When hacker Josh invades the PC of Douglas Ziegler, a computer genius developing a wireless signal, a mysterious force that takes the will of human beings is released. As a forceful suicide epidemic is generated, panic sets in when Douglasâ€™ girlfriend Hattie has a terrifying vision of their friends dying and the modern world being destroyed. Battling against time, itâ€™s up to the pair to shut down the system in order to save mankind.
A cat and mouse chase, FBI agent Jennifer Marsh is up against a seemingly untraceable serial killer who is posting chilling live videos of his victims on the internet. Always one step ahead, the killer capitalises on human nature by drawing people to the dark side, enticing them to log onto an â€œuntraceableâ€ website. The more people lured in, the quicker and more violently the victimâ€™s fate comes to an end. With a mirror server replacing the site every time itâ€™s shut down, the operation is fatal; with death awaiting those who dare to beat the mystery of the murdererâ€™s identity.
A distressing British thriller, Chatroom brings the terrors of chatting to people online to light. When five teenagers meet online in chatroom â€œChelsea Teens!â€, a chance for a group of different personalities to come together arises. But with their true identities masked by a screen, it doesnâ€™t take long for the truth to be revealed and their darker sides to be shown. With the oppressor not being satisfied with his own menacing thoughts, he sets out to try and turn the others. But with a screen as a barrier, the real danger comes when technology fails and the group are thrown together with nowhere to hide.
Unfriended exploits the fear of social media stalking when high school student Laura Barnsâ€™ computer screen is taken over. With revenge as the motive, she and her friends are stalked by someone seeking vengeance for a shaming video that led to one of their friends killing themselves a year earlier. Testing the limits of friendship and loyalty, the group find themselves forced into a deadly game of Never Have I Ever. Exposing a harmful web of lies and secrets, Unfriended showcases the damaging way that we present ourselves online in a uniquely terrifying way.
Friend Request (2016)
Taking the test of online friendships to the next level, Friend Request tells the frightening story of what can happen at the click of the accept button. Popular college student Laura is like most others her age, thinking that sharing everything with her more than 800 friends on Facebook is completely harmless. That is until one day when she accepts a friend request from a girl she doesnâ€™t know, who becomes jealous of her popularity and becomes determined to cut down Lauraâ€™s Friends list to one. Her. As her friends begin to die with horrifying cruelty, she tries everything she can to break the curse before it causes any more deadly damage.
Friend Request is out in cinemas now.