Doug Reviews: Unfriended

Skype the Horror Movie?

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  1. Maisie Williams, Arya from Game of Thrones, made a movie earlier this year Called Cyberbully.
    This movie actually sounds like a direct rip off of Maisie’s because all the same stuff happened
    she typed something then erased it and the unknown person answered anyway.
    Before that they made an ABC TV movie called Cyberbully in 2011.
    There are a ton of these movies.
    So this movie would be the one jumping on the band wagon.

    • The only thing Unfriended has in common with those movies is the cyberbullying aspect. Other than that, it’s very different. Besides, Maisie William’s movie never came out in America, so I doubt anyone has even heard of it. I swear, some people use the term “rip off” so often, it’s starting to lose its meaning. When it comes to a movie that deals with cyberbullying, Unfriended is the one that will be most well-known since it’s a feature film with a wide release date.

  2. You have to see It Fallows, its amazing.

  3. Hey Doug, my girlfriend and I also saw this movie in an empty theater over the weekend and were VERY surprised how much we enjoyed it.

    I graduated high school in 1996 when cyberbullying was barely even a thing (it was more of “gossipbullying”) and a lot of my coworkers who have kids say that cyberbullying has gotten EXTREMELY bad over the years to the point that it’s worse than actual bullying.

    I also do think that this movie was not only a horror movie, but a stance against cyberbullying. I’m not sure young kids should watch this as it’s quite gruesome, but this would definitely set some bad teens straight.

    Lesson learned: There ARE consequences for all the bad shit people do.

    • To be honest, I’m 16 and most of my classmates that saw this movie are just mocking it, not being “set straight” or taking any sort of lesson from it. The way they talk about it, you’d think it was The Room.

  4. Wow. Phalous hated this film, and here I am hearing that someone likes it. Proof that everyone has their own opinion and isn’t a shamed to say what they think.

  5. …Okay, now I have to go Google what the hell “I Never” is. Aside from reviews of this movie, I haven’t ever heard of that.

  6. It doesn’t look like my kind of movie. This is one that inflicts Hype Aversion on me. I know the good intentions of cautionary tales, but I don’t have any interest in seeing this at all, sorry. Also, I typically hate when a protagonist(s) do despicable things. It kinda worked for Charlie in All Dogs Go To Heaven because Carface is worse by comparison, but that’s a different kind of movie, though… And I don’t want this to start a trend like The Blair Witch Project, either.

  7. Hmm. Chris Stuckman liked this movie, Brad Jones did not, Doug liked it, and Doug did not.

    Now, I’m kind of curious.

  8. Sounds like a fun movie! I might have to see it. Oh, and yeah, those who don’t know how to play “I Never” are just lying to themselves. They’ve done it on Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, and it’s always talked about. Stop lying. But, yeah, the movie does sound entertaining!

    • What the hell is “I Never”? Because I Never heard of it!

      …I just had to make that pun. Though, I have heard of it, but it’s not something people play in real life, and I’ve only seen it in like one movie that I don’t even remember. Don’t assume that people are lying because they say they don’t know some lame obscure party game that nobody actually plays.

    • I’m 21 and I first heard about it in this film.

  9. Hey, I’m almost 19, Doug, and I don’t even know what “I Never” is.

    • It’s a game people play in movies and tv shows. I’ve never known a single real person to have ever played. Probably because it’s a really lame idea for a party game.

      Basically one person announces something they havent done and someway or another everyone else has to signify whether they have also or have not. It can be through drinking, raising of the hand, etc. The problem is no one has any obligation to tell the truth, and since the heart of the game is to uncover embarrassing stories, you’re in for disappointment. Plus if the players are all people that live relatively civil lives, no one will any interesting secrets.

  10. I’m kinda mixed on this film. I love the fact that it is all set on this one girl’s computer and that it never leaves that perspective. It’s done pretty good, creatively even. I also love the message about bullying and the whole set-up going on. And the best part is that it feels realistic, if you minus the supernatural and death going on. But my one big problem is that I don’t care for these teens. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want them to die. But the thing is that I don’t care for these teens, because they are bullies. I used to be bullied in school and I have a bit of a grudge against people like that. In fact, I’m kinda on the ghost-girl’s side a little bit. I don’t agree with killing them, but I do agree with exposing what these kids have done. Like I said, I’m mixed, but I give credit to the message and the whole set-up.

  11. Really never heard of “never have I never” not a lot of partying in High School I presume. This move was just ok to me personally everything about it is serviceable. But “It Follows” is a example of a modern day horror masterpiece. Everyone should go out and support “It Follows” way before this film in my opinion. “It Follows” has the intelligent grace of a classic horror story while “unfreainded” felt more like a carnival house of horrors.

  12. Are you fucking kidding me? The ticket guy spoiled It Follows for you???
    Oh man, you should tell his boss. He’d be fired so hard.

  13. More like “Skip the Horror Movie”

  14. I’m not a big fan of modern horror films. They’re all the same nowadays and pathetically predictable. “Oh look. The last protagonist defeated the monster/demon/curse/whatever. Well…sure makes me feel good to know everything’s going to be alright. Yup, nothing bad is going to happen now. (Yawn) Alright, Movie-Thinks-It’s-Being-Terribly-Original-By-Ripping-Off-The-Original-“Friday-The-13th”-Yet-Again-And-Killing-Sole-Survivor(s)-With-A-Last-Minute-Jump-Scare in 5…4…3…2…1…” You know, 8 year olds jumping out and yelling “Boo” can scare me too, movie. And they don’t need a background score leading into it either.

    But I REALLY dislike the “Found Footage” genre. Spoiler Alert for every Found Footage movie ever: everyone dies. And it was telegraphed a mile away, so I wasn’t so much watching the film for a thriller as in looking at my watch to see when the last person was going to get whacked. (And before anyone starts shouting “Chronicle” at me, that one wasn’t a horror and I don’t think it counts.)

    Still…I’ll give this movie at least some credit for finding a way to get around the plot device of “one idiot has to never put down the camera for anything…until we get to things the audience really WOULD like to see”.

    • That was my main problem with the first Paranormal Activity movie, the guy filming the whole thing came across as a massive douche because his girlfriend was basically dying right in front of him and it still wasn’t enough to make him put down the damn camera. My suspension of disbelief only stretches so far and bizarre circumstances (like hauntings or demon possessions) make it all the more important for the character’s reactions to be believable or else there’s nothing to anchor the audience in the story. It just becomes people having nonsensical reactions to unrelatable problems and that makes it really hard to get emotionally invested.

      • There is a certain appeal to the “low budget horror film” insofar as they don’t have the money to waste on really bad CGI and obviously unreal effects which ironically ruin all suspension of disbelief. But at the same time there’s also the fact that sometimes low-budget is simply that: low budget. A cheaply-made movie for an equally cheap scare. I think the Found Footage genre hit rock-bottom when they did a Found Footage “mummy film”…

        There is ONE Found Footage film I like, though: “Trollhunter”. But that’s only because so much of it plays out as a mockumentary as opposed to a horror flick.

  15. Looks like Open Windows. I’m hype.

  16. It’s somewhat clever but it gets old really quickly and naturally, all the protagonists are varying degrees of unlikeable.

  17. Its always funny seeing these and then seeing midnight screening. You and Brad have really different views on a ton of movies.

  18. When I saw the preview for this, there were 4 questions I had which I doubt are actually answered:

    1: Why does the girl kill herself out of embarrassment (in public with a gun, no less)?
    2: Why would someone see murder as an appropriate response to cyberbullying and just so happen to have the means to accomplish it?
    3: How can you cut the power to multiple people’s houses? Are they on the same block? Even then, how?
    4: What can you say to someone to get them to kill themselves, especially by putting your hand in a blender?

    Just the idea of this movie made me hurt physically. The medium is unique, but the whole basis for the story and the leaps in belief you have to take really tear it down. At least in the 90’s it was “Supernatural creatures do supernatural things, therefore anything is possible”. This is supposed to be based in reality.

    • Actually it is a supernatural creature (the girl’s ghost) who’s responsible for everything in this movie.

    • Jordan of Unfiction

      1. Because, people were telling her to kill herself and she was in a low, low place and snapped: “Well, I will do it.” so people could see it. Because, that’s what she thought people wanted.

      2. From her perspective, she used their ‘weapon of choice’ agasint them social media agasint them and force them to deal that her pain was real and that they heir abuse had killed her. So, she killed them and made them suffer and feel powerless, just as her torment made her powerless to stop herself from killing herself.
      3-4 She is a supernatural creature, how could she not? 🙂

  19. Well. So far, Channel Awesome’s opinions reach from worst movie of the year at Brad Jones’s to brilliantly clever and fun. This is something one has to see for oneself, it seems.

  20. What the hell is “I, Never”?

  21. “The best actor in the movie really is the Arrow.”

    YOU HAVE FAILED THIS CITY!

  22. I wonder if Doug only likes this because Phelous hated and ridiculed it. And yeah, the whole concept sound silly and ridiculous. And if you think that a cyberbullied hacker-ghost story would scare off the trolls… you don’t know those assholes. They’d find this movie funny, or get ideas from it.

  23. Sounds like pure crap to get a certain point about cyberbullying.

  24. There’s a smarter, profound way to instill or inflict ideas of this nature even in a low budget film without the so-called “found footage horror genre” which is still a crappy genre to me.

  25. Next, they should do :

    Facebook, the Horror movie.
    or
    Tweets, they never made sense. The movie.

  26. ( 5:13 ) ”Done in a way that speaks to teens” Soooo… you’re saying teens should get from this movie that they should respond to bullying by stalking and killing their bully ? I think that message fails hard there… -_-

    • Jordan of Unfiction

      I don’t think many will take that mindset 🙂

      The message of the film is to explore the disconnect that social media sometimes brings – and that that cyberbullying often disconnects people from the fact that there is a real person being subjected to it.

  27. Why was Laura Barns’s screenname Billie227? I can assume 227 is a birthday but billie? Is it because her ex-best friend was Blaire Lily? What’s the larger point of that?

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