Unfriended is a rare, low budgeted horror movie that shouldn't work, but does. In similar style to one of the short films in 2012's V/H/S, the film takes place entirely on a computer screen. We start there and we end there, never cutting away to the outside world. The story is told through Skype, iMessage, Facebook and various other social medias and websites. Having this provides a unique spin on the horror genre. It's not the be all and end all of cinema and it certainly won't go down as a classic in the same way that The Shining and The Exorcist did (it probably won't even be nearly as talked about as recent films such as the Paranormal Activity series either), but it's a fun, creepy 83 minute long movie that's much better than anyone expected it to be, myself included.
It's during this third act where the movie pulls out its greatest trick. Without spoiling what, the remaining characters are forced into a drinking game, except the stakes are much higher than a sip of alcohol. It's here we learn more about who they are, their relationships and their history, and upon every reveal, the stakes just continue to grow. My heart was pounding as we see their timer go down, each one of them vulnerable. It's suspenseful stuff and it works really well.
As entertaining as this movie is, I don't feel like I will ever need to rewatch it. I don't feel like it's a movie to come back to again, simply because it just won't be as frightening the second time around. Since you know the final outcome, all suspense is thrown out the window, and I feel the only thing that would motivate me to keep watching would be the graphic deaths, but even they aren't too horrific. It's a one-time watch and that one time was good enough for me. Now, time to delete my Facebook account to ensure that this never ever happens to me.