– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While today’s technology-laden world makes a lot of things easier, it also comes at a price. Things may be easier than ever before, allowing us to be more productive in ways we never imagined, but it can sometimes open up all sorts of unexpected dangers.

There have been all kinds of horror movies that use technology at its center. One Missed Call used the cell phone, Unfriended was a horror film that took place over an extensive Skype conversation, and now, Friend Request takes the idea of social media and mixes it with a dash of more traditional horror elements, including witchcraft. But is it enough to make this film anything more than another gimmick?

Based on the trailer, it’s difficult to say. At some points, the concepts seems pretty interesting, but at others, it comes across as more of a cringefest. This one also has an interesting release history. It was produced in Germany, though due to its large cast required it to be shot in English. The film hit Germany earlier this year, where it was met with relatively negative reviews, though nothing horrific. All in all, most seemed to agree it was harmless fun that wasn’t awful nor truly exceptional. It could make for a fun viewing over Halloween.

The synopsis for Friend Request is below:

“Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina’s (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone’s shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura’s profile. Even though it wasn’t Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it’s too late.”

Friend Request is directed by Simon Verhoeven, written by: Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch, and Simon Verhoeven. It stars Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Mosely, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers, and Shashawnee Hall.”

What did you think of the new trailer? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Friend Request hits limited theaters on September 22, 2017.

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SOURCE: Blumhouse Productions

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.