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Unfriended (2014)

Director: Levan Gabriadze
Starring. Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Shelly Hennig, Moses Storm, Jacob Wysocki. USA. 1h 23m

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your pc and bitch about your dead class mates.. think again mofos! Unfriended is a modern found footage desktop horror. A group of friends are chatting together online when their dead “friends’” account comes online and starts terrorising them both on and offline, with the threat that if they close the chat then they die, but staying in the group chat doesn’t change their fate either they are stuck between a rock and a hard place and forced to sit back and watch each others demise, but they get to view the disgusting violent ends of their BBF instead.

It’s the anniversary of Laura Barns suicide, a year to the day she committed suicide after a video of her passing out and crapping herself at a party went viral. On this tragic anniversary her former best friend Blaire enters a skype chat with her boyfriend and some of her close friends but when Laura’s facebook account starts sending messages they expect that someone in the group is pranking them. One by one each of the teens are outed on social media and then begin to act strange and appear to kill themselves, has Laura come back for revenge?

Well it’s so obvious what’s going on here, it’s pretty easy to work out who leaked the video and who’s back for her revenge, the only expectations are the slayings and they are pretty silly, one girl drinks some bleach, which is plausible, as she was skyping from the laundry room, another guy just happens to have a blender in his bedroom and finds a way of using that off himself. A blender? I don’t even have one to hand in my kitchen I keep it in a cupboard, is that weird?

The idea is pure gold, using social media as a tool for a found footage basis is something that really awoke the genre again and I think that’s what got a lot of bums on seats in the cinema, but the payoff was just lousy,  it’s hard to feel afraid when you’ve personally not encouraged someone to kill themselves so really the audience were routing for the dead chick, but with a year of planning she coulda come up with something a bit more elaborate, I’d wanna make em suffer bwhahaahaaa!

It’s quite a familiar scene, teen faces looking down their webcam in a group chat on Skype and/or DMing each other on facebook, but when things start to go awry usually you just turn it off and put on a movie, call an adult or something right? These teens didn’t even work out how to go live or work out a neat hashtag for their night of bloody carnage. #allmyfriendsaredying  #shoudlaneveruploadedthatvideo #godgaveusrockandroll. In terms of the movie being an experiment of a real time online horror it could have worked better as a live “game” experience, but in the terms of a movie which is limited to mobile and laptop of the main characters also limits the audience’s depth of perception and attention. It would have been cool if you could have dialled in on your mobile while the film was on to “tune in” to some of the action.. not there’s an idea!!

Let’s hope that lessons have been learnt for the upcoming sequel, and I hope that we all know that cyberbullying is bad.. ok..

Rating 3/10

RUnfriended : Dark Web (2018), Friend Request (2017), E-Demon (2018), Truth or Dare (2018), Dark Summer (2015)
L – A-Z of Found Footage Movies, Cyber Found Footage Movies
A – How believable does horror have to be?

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Unsane (2018)

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring. Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple. USA. 1h 38m

Everything about the opening of this movie is just dull and unassuming, which is a risky and dangerous move from director Steven Soderbergh, luckily it doesn’t last too long. While introducing the lead, Sawyer (Foy), we learn just how mundane her life is, the faceless office worker, who suffers all the nagging and office politics as the rest of us, she eats lunch while skyping her disapproving mother and later hooks up with a (not tinder) date, but after taking him back to her place with no strings attached sex, she freaks out thinking that he’s her stalker and the film re opens with her talking to a therapist.

We start to learn that Sawyer has been running away from an unknown stalker, hiring professionals (Matt Damon) to secure her routes to work, protect her personal details etc., but simultaneously we are also privy to the idea that she might be suffering from delusions and that the stalker is a fabrication of her overactive and vivid imagination, Unfortunately at this point in the movie she accidently signs herself into a psychiatric ward for observations, and for the rest of the film we, alongside her have to try and piece together just how sane or unsane she really is. Continue reading Unsane (2018)

Un Français / French Blood (2015)

Director: Diastème .
Starring. Alban Lenoir, Samuel Jouy, Paul Hamy   France. 1h 38m.

Despite the name the film isn’t quite about being French but the tired old nationalistic ideas which make people believe that they are better for having been born in a certain country and using this as an excuse to be a general douchebag. But the magic of this familiar film is that despite the toxic nature of the mindless characters our lead manages to feel more pride in himself after he abandons his gang of violent misfits.

Marco (Lenoir) is a skinhead, a violent single track minded skinhead who feels pretty brave when he’s on the streets with his friends Braguette, Grand-Guy and Marvin. They spend their days intimidating anyone who looks foreign, damaging property and plastering up sticker and posters illustrating their neo nazi connections. At home life is more demoralizing, his father is a pathetic drunk and his mother just fumbles from one day to the other. While at work Marco gets on with everyone, he’s calm and productive and it’s unlike his street bravado, he’s just another guy. But still he feels as if he belongs with his gang and attends gathering and rallies and even falls in love with a chick who shares his ideals and they produce a darling baby girl. Continue reading Un Français / French Blood (2015)

U-571 (2000)

Director: Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi. UK. 1h 46m

Now that Dunkirk is breaking records, it’s time to look back at all the occasions where they got things terribly wrong with war movies.  There have been a few films that tried to eradicate the British efforts and triumphs during the second world war. Continue reading U-571 (2000)

Underverden/  Darkland (2017)

Director: Denar Ahmad
Starring: Dar Salim, Stine Fischer Christensen, Roland Møller, Ali Sivandi Denmark 1h 28m

Denmark has produced some amazing gritty gut wrenching crime thrillers over the years, but this one really stands out on the international scene with it’s ultra-modern approach to filming but the story remains so very familiar.

After migrating to Denmark Zaid (Salim) becomes a successful surgeon with a child on the way his life is bliss, on the flip side his younger brother has fallen in with a bad crowd and after a botched bank robbery he is left short of cash and needs help. Zaid has had enough of handing out cash and refuses to help his brother one more time and during a painful altercation he tells his brother to leave, the following day he’s pulled away from his work as his brother had been admitted to the emergency room, but there’s nothing they can do for him, after informing his parents he oversees his brother’s life support being switched off. After the funeral be becomes obsessed with that happened to his brother, going back to his boxing training he uses both mind and body to infiltrate the criminal underground to get  revenge. Continue reading Underverden/  Darkland (2017)

Boyka –  Undispited IV (2016)

Director: Todor Chapkanov.
Starring. Scott Adkins, Bulgaria. 1h 13m.

BOYKA BOYKA BOYKA!! Scott Adkins should just change his name to Uri Boyka, I mean this wholeheartedly, he’s so perfect for this role. Although in this new instalment of Undisputed Boyka is a little different. After gaining his freedom in Undisputed 3, I did predict that Boyka would have a massive change of heart and run an orphanage, and I was close. .. (shush don’t burst my bubble). So Boyka is refreshed, a free man, he’s still fighting with devastating results, and is being noticed by influential people and could possibly start going pro, he has an important fight coming up but to keep fresh he’s still taking out the competition. After delivering some bibles to the local church Boyka is seen SMILING!!! OMG the priest urges him to stop fighting, live a better life, but he’s soon back in the ring, the first is brutal, he’s back to telling everyone to “shut the fuck up” and then beats the living shit out of his opponent. After the fight he notices the medics removing the guy, he doesn’t look good. Boyka gets news of his death and feeling immensely guilty he collects his belonging and finds a letter to his (late) wife. Boyka is grief stricken and decides to take the letter to her in Russia, where he’s still a wanted man. Continue reading Boyka –  Undispited IV (2016)

Under My Skin (2015)

 

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Starring: Frederick Leonard, Daniel K Daniel,Adaora Ukoh, Vivien Ike, Juliet Ibrahim, Ekanna Igwe, King Joe and Uche Iwuji.  Nigeria.  

Telling a slightly different twisted love story than the average Nigerian film. A wife starts to think that her husband (Leonard) is having an affair, after confiding in her best friend they start to do some sleuthing, they come to the initial conclusion that nothing is going on but the wife is pretty sure there is something dodgy going on, after searching his phone she finds a few messages from his fancy woman, shocked and disgusted to returns to her best friend who really goes into action and they determine who this woman is. After threatening her a happy family life assumes and the husband confesses, but this time the wife finds herself a male friend to confide in. Their friendship starts to get a little heated, but one night while drinking the wife falls asleep and awakes in her friend’s bed, naked. Assuming he roofied her, despite him promising that he’s innocent they promise not to speak of it or see eachother again but then pictures of her naked arrive on her husbands phone. They break up but she’s determined to work out what’s going on. Continue reading Under My Skin (2015)

Horror hotel / City of the Dead (1960)

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Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Starring : Christopher Lee, Venetia Stevenson, Dennis Lotis, Betta St. John, Dyall, Patricia Jessel. UK.  1h 16m.

This is how you make a decent horror movie, a decent time I’ve only 76 minutes it dives straight into the point, is filled with deep deathly atmospherics and has an intriguing and mysterious plot. Continue reading Horror hotel / City of the Dead (1960)

Unconditional (2014/2015)

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This is pure daytime drama that if it were to be remade would probably star Bette Midler,  but this turned out to be an interesting Nollywood film, it strives to be different from  the majority of the other flicks that revolve around broken marriage, love and crime.

A mother is at work when her distraught sister arrives and through her blubbering she describes how she’s managed to lose one of the children. While driving them home she stops to allow one of the elder daughters to pee, but when she returns to the car, one of the baby twin girls is missing, after her confession they rush to the police station and they turn out to be total arseholes about the situation. A search is eventually started by a private detective. Meanwhile an it seems agency owner becomes the main attraction as the overweight vicious and horrid woman bullies her staff, husband and customers. Continue reading Unconditional (2014/2015)

Unjustified (2016)

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Starring: Fredrick Leonard, Bolanle Ninalowo, Seun Omolaja, Esther Audu. Nigeria. 1h 15m

This is going to be a review and a Post Discussion so there are going to be spoilers but I will highlight them later. This was one of the shorter Nollywood films that wasn’t part of a series, I find these tend to speed through the details but it was still a deep and thrilling story but sadly had a weak ending. Continue reading Unjustified (2016)