The first Unfriended: Dark Web trailer offers a disturbing glimpse into the deepest depths of the internet. The trailer opens with a group of friends video chatting on their computers. We learn that one of the friends has taken a laptop that he thought had been abandoned. He soon discovers that the laptop possesses incriminating and twisted video files. While on video chat, the friends become the target of the laptop’s former owner and the trailer dissolves into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.
The official synopsis:
When a 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop, he and his friends are unwittingly thrust into the depths of the dark web. They soon discover someone has been watching their every move and will go to unimaginable lengths to protect the dark web.
The Unfriended sequel was directed and co-written by Stephen Susco (The Grudge, Texas Chainsaw 3D). Nelson Greaves (Unfriended 1, Sleepy Hollow – the television series) shares writing credits. It stars Colin Woodell (Insane, Masters of Sex), Rebecca Rittenhouse (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mindy Project), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year, Get Out) and Chelsea Alden (13 Reasons Why, The Tale).
Unfriended: Dark Web premiered at SXSW in March to primarily positive reviews. Nightmare on Film Street’s Editor, Kimberley Elizabeth gave the film a positive review, saying “Unfriended: Dark Web roots itself firmly in the fears of a digitally advancing society.” The film tackles the same internet centered paranoia as the first installment, Unfriended (2013), but based on early reviews, has done so more successfully.
Blumhouse made the original Unfriended for $1 million and earned nearly $64 million, which meant that a sequel was kind of inevitable. Both films are members of the found footage genre, but updated for the digital age.
Unfriended: Dark Web hits theaters July 20th. Are you excited for this sequel? Let us know by keeping the conversation going on Twitter, Instagram, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!