Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions’ Unfriended has been making some major promotional rounds, and so far the film has gotten positive reviews. Though it’s already finished, the movie actually hasn’t been released yet, having already been screened at Fantasia Festival, SXSW, and most recently WonderCon in Anaheim. We were invited to talk to the cast of Shelley Hennig, Renee Olstead, Courtney Halverson, Jacob Wysocki, Will Peltz, Moses Jacob Storm, and Heather Sossaman, as well as the film’s writer, Nelson Greaves.
During our interview we talked about social media, what makes the film so relatable, how a film that takes place over Skype can work, the production process, improv, and more. Hit the jump to learn the Top Five Things You Need To Know Before Watching Unfriended.
Blumhouse Productions was on hand at WonderCon 2015 to give a sneak peek of their “found footage” thriller The Gallows; Unfriended, which takes place entirely over a Skype-esque chat; and Insidious 3, directed by Leigh Whanall, as well as to made a surprise announcement by showing some footage for Sinister 2.
We will post more Unfriended and Insidious 3 content in the coming days, but hit the jump to read a description of the footage of the two films, plus details on The Gallows.
Unfriended Director: Leo Gabriadze
Screenwriter: Nelson Greaves
Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman
Release date: March 13, 2015 (SXSW)
Unfriended is the story of a group of friends chatting online, told through the screen of Blair (Shelley Hennig, Teen Wolf) on the anniversary of their friend’s death. Soon Blair and the group realize they’re being stalked by a vengeful online presence and horror ensues.
The idea of a social media horror film is, at first, entirely hilarious. I Post What You Did Last Summer? Online no one can hear you scream? The Skype is coming from inside the house”¦
Christine had you frightened of your car, Payphone made you afraid of public payphones (remember those?), The Ring had you terrified of your VCR, and now Unfriended will make you fear Skype video chatting!
A new trailer for Unfriended, the Timur Bekmambetov-produced horror that’s disappointingly not about unfriended people on Facebook getting systematically wiped out, is online. Watch it here below.
In the vein of I Know What You Did Last Summer, the movie has six friends, including Teen Wolf’s Shelley Hennig, threatened by an anonymous user who entered their Skype group video chat on the anniversary of the suicide of a classmate. In the trailer, we see that the student who died was cyberbullied, and these six video chatters likely had something to do with it, because the unknown person wants the guilty party to admit their wrong doings. If any of the participants try to log off the chat or stop talking, then someone will die, and we see that lucky seven somehow has control over the computers and the physical settings of each participant.