Director: Levan Gabriadze (as Leo Gabriadze)
Writer: Nelson Greaves
Stars: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson
Plot: A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
Running Time: 83 Minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 63% Audience 37%
Why I Watched It: It had decent buzz and I thought the idea might work and was interested to see if they could actually pull off the gimmick.
Random Thoughts: So going in I think most people should know this is a gimmick movie, the whole movie is told on social media showing a girl’s computer screen, her chatting and with friends and surfing the net. I do think it’s funny that they made a movie showing what most teenagers are doing while they’re watching a movie.
Like with most gimmick’s this can be a little distracting, you are looking at a computer screen and little box with people talking to each other. If you know Facebook well and you do chat like this then you should be fine with it.
Oddly when I was watching this movie a friend of mine messaged me with Facebook so there was that.
What I Liked: I thought for the most part the gimmick worked, have to hand it to Blumhouse they come out with these cheap horror movies but they put spins on them, they’re always looking to spin the horror genre on it’s head.
Now this film is tricky to judge the acting cause really they’re just typing and talking, they don’t leave their chairs, so it almost seems like a read through. I will say this they do build tension and we do see the cracks in this group. On one level they show social media and how it’s used but they also show you how social media is harmful and can be dangerous.
Now taking the gimmick away this is vengeful ghost story, a wronged party who is deceased what’s revenge and on that level I think it works. It’s a one setting ghost story and it’s effective.
What I Didn’t Like: well it is 83 minutes of watching people use their computer, so there’s that. I think the biggest flaw is we never see the ghost and we have no idea what’s really going on, how is the ghost doing this to all of them at the same time, I think the movie would have worked better if it was the group being torn apart but they go full ghost with the ghost making the teenagers kill themselves. So on that level it didn’t work for me, so the ghost is in Facebook, cause the one girl never unfriended her, I mean she did the account should have been gone.
Now the big flaw in this film is that none of the friends are likable, they all did something awful to this girl and they’re stabbing each other in the back as well. I know the tension is built up my revealing secrets but having all of them being so mean and petty and some downright unlikable you end up cheering for the ghost who you don’t see but does type from time to time. I think that’s another big point if you don’t buy into the ghost using social media for revenge then this film might make you laugh at it cause when you do think about it, I mean even for a horror film it’s silly but hey if we can have ghost cars why not ghosts on social media we already have trolls.
One other nitpick I have is that there’s no way to beat this ghost, we don’t get a final girl we don’t get even fighting back, I mean they try to use an aniti virus on it and that’s all so it’s really just watching the ghost fight or knock off one by one without any fight.
Final Thoughts: For what it was I thought it was fine I was glad it was a short film cause they would have made it worse the more time they spent.