Social media is cursed in this trailer for the horror Friend Request

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I’ve often said social media is the devil, but it turns out it’s possibly a witch – and we can’t even use the floating test to confirm that because it’s virtual.

Friend Request is the upcoming horror movie starring Alycia Debnam-Carey (Fear The Walking Dead, The 100) as Laura, a popular young college student whose life becomes a living hell when she first befriends – and later unfriends – a mysterious lonely student (local South African actress Liesl Ahlers – The Crossing) who kills herself.

Her social media suddenly becomes home to a malevolent entity that wants to make her feel the pain of the girl she rejected.

The plot synopsis is as follows:

When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.

It’s quite a coincidence that I’m writing about this movie not even two days after Nick told me I should join Facebook. It is just a coincidence. It must be.

This looks like a stock-standard horror movie – nothing special, but nothing particularly bad either. The plot is nothing to write home about, the acting looks decent, and there’s a plethora of twisted imagery and jump scares. Combined with plenty of young people dying, that’s more than enough if you just want to sit at home and spend a lazy evening watching a scary movie. I mean it’s better than spending your night on Facebook, right?

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What do you think?

Friend Request is due for release in the US on 22 September. Directed by Simon Verhoeven, who also co-wrote alongside Matthew Ballen and Philip Koch, it stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Liesl Ahlers, Connor Paolo and Brit Morgan.

Last Updated: September 4, 2017

Trevor Davies

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