Friend Request (2016)

Directed by Simon Verhoeven.  Written by Verhoeven, Matthew Ballen and Philip Koch.  Starring Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers and Shashawnee Hall.

Plot: a popular college student accepts a strange girl’s friend request, leading to a lot of grisly deaths

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As seen above, the movie is freaking creepy.  But not enough for us to completely recommend it.

See, this really popular and kind of annoying girl, Laura (the type that is glued to her phone and her social media even after the movie theater gets dark) accepts this really weird girl, Marina’s (the kind of girl that eats her own hair) friend request out of sheer kindness.  Which is nice, but a little stupid since the Marina has 0 other friends and doesn’t know Laura at all.  So, of course, Marina gets really clingy, really fast and Laura is forced to unfriend her.  Then, Marina kills herself and her “ghost” starts killing Laura’s friends.

We’re not sure what the point of the movie is.  We thought it was trying to have one though.  With all the phone usage and the social media usage and then the girl attacking people through it, but it fails to accomplish any real message.  The motive is shit really.  Most of the characters were unlikable.  There was NO Freddy Claws – her friends sort of turned on her when shit started hitting the fan.

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Good things about the movie were the specials and the animation.  Everything else, including the ending, was nonsense.  We don’t recommend.

My score: 40.  DJ’s score: 33.

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