After months of speculation, the film listed only as “Untitled Blumhouse-Bazelevs Film” debuted at the SXSW Film Festival’s Midnighters program, officially named Unfriended : Dark Web. The follow up to Unfriended (2014) is helmed by Stephen Susco (writer of The Grudge, The Grudge 2 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D), in his directorial debut.
Unfriended was a neat, small budget ($1 million) horror, filmed entirely from the point of view of a laptop webcam. Although seemingly gimmicky, this style worked as the film took advantage of the limited perspective, building tension and letting the viewers imagination fill in the gaps.
Blumhouse, fresh from Oscar glory with Get Out, will be hoping to match the level of success of Unfriended, which more than surpassed its own expectations taking $64 million at box office. Unfriended: Dark Web. stars Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Andrew Lees, Conor del Rio, Stephanie Nogueras and Savira Windyani .
A 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop and is thrust into the deep waters of the dark web. From the makers of Unfriended, this thriller unravels in real-time, entirely on a computer screen. A warning for the digital age.
It seems we’re in for less of the supernatural and more realism with this follow up as the protagonist falls into a seedy underground of people who pay to watch murder live. Reviews seem to be positive so far from audiences lucky enough to find themselves at the screening. That said, Universal has not announced an official release date only that it will hit cinemas later this year.
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