Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)
Release Date: August 10th 2018 (UK)
Directed by: Steven Susco
Running Time: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Starring: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Colin Woodell and Stephanie Nogueras
The sequel to Unfriended (2015) didn’t disappoint. It was a slow and shaky start, some of the characters are a tad (one of them a lot) annoying, but what came later made up for that in spades.
I’m always a bit wary of a sequel, is it that they maybe haven’t tried as hard with it as what they could have or should have? I tend to wonder if they are possibly just riding on the coattails of the originals’ successes. I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved as I love the first one) that this was not the case. Unfriended: Dark Web really could have been a stand-alone movie. Yes it had the obvious similarities; the film was set on the computer screens, and of course, something nasty was happening to the group of friends. Apart from that, it was its own film, very different to the first one in many ways.
There was no paranormal element in Dark Web, the villains of the piece being a criminal gang, dealing in kidnap, torture and murder for profit. Unfortunately for our group of web savvy young adults, one of them, Matias O’Brien (Colin Woodell) ‘found’ a laptop and took it for himself. What he later discovered was that the laptop was a direct link to the dark net, filled with sickening clips of people being hurt and killed.
The golden rule of the internet – never click on a link when you are not sure what it is.
From here on out, trouble ensues, the bad guys want their laptop back and won’t let anything or anyone get in their way. The owner of the laptop has broken into the house of Matias’ deaf girlfriend, Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras) and has threatened to kill her unless he gets the laptop. He uses Amayas laptop to covertly communicate with Matias from within her apartment, knowing she is sadly unaware of the whole sorry situation. Matias must jump through all the hoops necessary to appease the murderous laptop owner and save his beloved Amaya.
In true horror movie fashion, one by one everyone is picked off in various, although not very inventive ways, culminating in the usual big finish finale. I did like the plot twist, it was very hard on Matias especially and it led to an interesting ending. It’s one of those films where again, it’s more scary because stuff like this is happening right now somewhere in the world, we just tend to ignore it as we prefer not to know.
It’s not a bad film; not brilliant, but it’s got plenty to offer the casual viewer and the avid horror fan.
3/5 – It definitely has its moments.
Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)