SOCIAL MEDIA

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

#Horror (Tara Subkoff, 2015)

#horror (2015) Poster
Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Timothy Hutton, Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Emma Adler, Mina Sundwall

Summary: Six preadolescent girls face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Watched: November 20th, 2016


This was the first of the November films that had me absolutely baffled, from the word go I was completely lost and it was just awful.

The first thing that caught my attention was the strange casino like sound effects from a social media game the girls are playing. The sounds were never actually explained so at the time I wasn't aware that they were coming from a game, and they happened way too often.

The second thing that I didn't like was the acting. I've been a fan of Chloë Sevigny ever since seeing the show Hit & Miss and although the script doesn't do her any favours her performance is still okay.

It was really the girls' performance that made the film worse for me. It was absolutely awful and at times it was almost painful to watch, so much so that I considered giving up and watching something else on more than one occasion. I think they could have been so much better if the script hadn't be so incredibly poor.
#Horror (2015) Still

We spend a ridiculous amount of time establishing that these girls are absolutely disgusting examples of human beings. Forget being spoilt, self-indulged, social media obsessed brats, these girls are so horribly mean to other that I actually wasn't sure if I wanted to keep watching.

I read a review somewhere that said: "They made attempts to create sympathetic characters, giving some of them ham-fisted back stories regarding suicide, or just having them be taunted for weight."

If this is actually the case and the director is actually trying to make me feel sympathy towards anyone of those girls it absolutely did not work.
We all know that there are many cases of bullying that have happened in similar ways where a group of friends bully each other or just one of their own; however nothing about these people feels at all genuine enough for me to feel sympathy for any of them. Even if they were genuine and these things had actually happened to them, I still don't think that I could feel anything but disgust for them.

Despite the poor acting/script, this app that the girls are using is definitely at the top of the list of things that I didn't understand in this film. Not only were the sound effects I mentioned earlier driving me crazy but the ridiculous graphics that pop up on screen what feels like every 2 seconds had me wishing that the film would just hurry up and end.

You would think that I wouldn't recommended this to anyone considering how much I disliked it but I really want people to watch it so that I can get their opinions about it! Let me know if you do or if you have seen it!



Rating: 2/10
One Final Word: Huh?

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