Friend Request (2016)

friendDirector: Simon Verhoeven

Writer: Simon Verhoeven, Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch (Screenplay)

Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette

 

Plot: When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Enough Horror

 

Story: Friend Request starts as we head to the university where we hear the news that one of the students Marina (Ahlers) has committed suicide. Flashback two weeks where we meet Laura (Debnam-Carey) a fellow student who gets a friends request from Marina who has no friends but stunning art work and accepts the request.

When Marina gets too close to Laura everything starts getting creepy and however kind natured Laura is she can’t deal with Marina in her life leading to her to unfriend Marina.

After Marina does commit suicide Laura’s life becomes a nightmare as the suicide video gets posted on her Facebook for all her friends to see and Laura can’t delete anything to do with her Facebook as her friends start getting haunted by the spirit of Marina.

Friend Request is a horror that tackles the social network addiction from people who either have too many friends or none. It shows how one friendship can lead to addiction that can turn deadly. When it comes to how everything unfolds we get the supernatural investigation side to the story which at times works but others don’t. in the end we get to see a simple enough horror that really works in places.

 

Actor Review

 

Alycia Debnam-Carey: Laura is the likeable popular friendly university student who opens up to a lonely student. When this student because to obsessed with Laura she has to cut the ties which leads to the student committing suicide and her spirit haunting her and her friends. Alycia is solid in this lead role being the character you fully expect to see in the lead role of a horror like this.

William Moseley: Tyler is the boyfriend of Laura who is studying medicine. He starts to get haunted by the vision even doing as much as possible to try and stop the connection between the two. William is solid in this role but I don’t feel the character is strong enough for this main supporting lead.

Connor Paolo: Kobe is the tech expert friend of Laura’s who tries his hardest to understand how these videos have been constructed and help try and put a stop to them once and for all. Connor is good and looks the part but you do feel we needed more from this character when it comes to technology based to the supernatural.

Support Cast: Friend Request has a supporting cast which like most horrors is just disposable characters who get very little development.

Director Review: Simon VerhoevenSimon gives us a horror that has a few good jump scares and a story that could revolve around a real world catalyst with the supernatural side to everything.

 

Horror: Friend Request has good jump scares at times but they do end up going through rinse repeat after a while on the style of jump scares.

Settings: Friend Request keeps most of the settings in and around the university without anything becoming memorable for the story.
Special Effects
: Friend Request has a few good effects for the kills even if we don’t get too much need for them.

Suggestion: Friend Request is one for the horror fans out there to enjoy, it really is a fun filled horror that is easy to watch. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The idea that the story tackles the need for social media.

Worst Part: The bees.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yeah

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Be careful who you click with.

 

Overall: Simple horror with strong moments throughout.

Ratingcard

 

 

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13 comments on “Friend Request (2016)

    • i feel it missed the best moment for true shock value it could have had when FB first started to boom. it also didn’t help having that annoying girl from Fear the Walking Dead in it, i have also seen too many films similar to this as South Park did something very similar even few years back.

      • Yes but the artwork was pretty kool.. I see your point though… I have made a list of my 50 favorite horror movies!! I could have to update it btu I’m curious to know what would be your favorite 5?

      • i would also like to point out i was in a slump where i hated nearly every film when i wrote this review, just won a copy of this film and will be watching again in the future.

        as for top 5 it could always change i like the modern ones like Insidious and Conjuring, and classics like Evil Dead, New Nightmare and One Missed Call (Original) off the top of my head but if i thought about it more i could have so many different choices, i love horror.

      • I do too!! My fav 5 right now would be: Martyrs (The original one),Possession by Zulawski,, The Exorcist, Suicide Club and The Shining!! I made a list of my 50 favorite horror movies provided with a link to the trailer. Would you like to see/use it in any way??

      • yeah sure, i personally would struggle in a convo on ‘best’ horror because The Shining for example could well be the best film but i have seen plenty of bad horrors with one moment of horror which is brilliant

      • Of course!! Just look how Rob Zombie is either loved or hated as a filmmaker! Plus now there are so much sub-divisions; found footage, slasher, gore, psychological, fantastic, etc.. My favorite filmmakers are not necessarily horror movies directors, I love Roman Polanski, Fellini, Zulawski, Tarkovski, FF Coppola, Kubrick, Kusturica…etc.. Anyways.. The ”Wizard of Gore” is also a brilliant movie!! Both the original and the remake! If you want to see Fellini only horror movie it is here on my blog. Look for Toby Dammit using the keyword search, you can check it for free, I provided the link in the article, It’s quite old but God Fellini has a way to see the world…

      • i have actually seen the remake of that one. Zombie is a huge discussion because he only really knows one way to make a film. I personally think James Wan is the best in the horror game at the present time. My favourite sub genre is the ghost investigation style ones because i do like crime stories too and the blend can work really well at times. Found footage is something i think should work but sadly rarely does. i don’t actually find gore scary but i like to see how far filmmakers can push boundaries and i always happy to argue the Hostel is a Psychological horror rather than gorefest

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