computer screen movies

Computer screen movies – stuff like Unfriended and Searching – are becoming more and more popular, and we have one person to thank for that: Timur Bekmambetov. The filmmaker and producer is at the forefront of “Screenlife“, a technology that tells stories through computer screens. And Bekmambetov doesn’t plan on stopping – he’s currently developing 14 computer screen movies, across a variety of genres. The question is: does the general public want to see them?

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Unfriended Dark Web review

Picture this: a group of friends get together for their weekly game night. It’s all fun and games until they get entangled in a mess they can’t get out of and their innocent worlds collide with the dark underbelly of crime. If this sounds like the plot of Game Night, then you’re half right, because it’s also what happens in Unfriended: Dark Web (previously titled Unfriended: Game Night). The major difference between the two (and it’s not the fact that only one is a comedy, because Unfriended is pretty funny) is in its form. The film takes place entirely on a laptop screen. In that sense, it’s a sequel in form only to 2014’s Unfriended (there is no haunted dead girl in this one). Read More »

unfriended dark web endings

You may have to see Unfriended: Dark Web twice. Not because the Blumhouse horror film will be difficult to absorb or because there are multiple layers to the Unfriended sequel, but because there are allegedly two different endings. And both of them will be shown in theaters.

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unfriended dark web trailer

When every minor horror hit gets a sequel, it’s a pleasant surprise when the follow-up turns to be actually, well, good. And now it can be a pleasant surprise for fans of Unfriended, the 2014 computer-driven film that itself was a surprise hit. After making a splashy debut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Unfriended: Dark Web will hit theaters next week to once again make you terrified of your laptop camera. But first, the final  trailer has hit the web.

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Unfriended Dark Web trailer

The surprisingly effective 2014 computer-driven horror film Unfriended gets the sequel treatment with Unfriended: Dark Web. The film focuses on a teenager who finds hidden files on his new laptop, and soon learns that the previous owner has been spying on him the entire time. Watch the Unfriended: Dark Web trailer below.

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/Filmcast Ep. 461 – Ready Player One

ready player one spoiler

David, Devindra, Jeff, and Kristy discuss Ready Player One, the latest blockbuster from legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Plus, Kristy shares her viewing experiences at SXSW.

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overlook film festival line-up

The Overlook Film Festival, a horror-movie centric fest on the rise, has announced its impressive 2018 line-up. The festival, held this year in New Orleans, will feature 40 films, as well as several events. See the full Overlook Film Festival line-up below.

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Unfriended: Dark Web Review

What is a franchise? Is it a series of movies that form a grand, ongoing, and connected narrative like the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or is it a series of movies made with similar stylistic intentions, connected by a familiar aesthetic like the Cloverfield films? That second definition feels like the wave of the future for small genre movies: sell audiences on a movie by slapping a familiar name on it, sort of a “If you liked that, you may also like this” label.

It’s hard to not think about Cloverfield, and that second definition of franchise, while watching writer/director Stephen Susco’s Unfriended: Dark Web. Here’s a horror sequel that looks an awful lot like the first film, but shares nothing with it beyond the fact that it’s told entirely though a computer screen. The threats couldn’t be more different and the tone is a hard left turn from the teen-friendly, popcorn-flavored jolts of Unfriended: Original Recipe. Instead, Dark Web is darker, meaner, and far more clever. It’s more polished, more in control of how to tell a story in this format. It’s a sequel in name only and it’s an improvement in every single way.

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