HOLLYWOOD—It has been awhile since we’ve seen a tense-thriller, well that is if you don’t count “It Follows.” Our latest supernatural thriller “Unfriended” takes horror to the Internet to scare audiences.
I can only recall one prior flick that attempted the notion of using the computer as a death trap, and that was “Feardotcom” which faltered in many places. The film also tackles that notion of high school cliques, where popular seems to be everything.
When the participants of the bullying decide to get together for an online chat, the fun really begins. Factor in that the narrative takes a closer look at the relationships of these so called friends and their cyber tormentor in a confined space is no easy task either.
The one element that works particularly well in my opinion is the audience has no clue who the culprit is. Its funny walking into “Unfriended” I thought have thought this would be the worst movie of the year, but I was pleasantly surprised with the scare factor and the narrative approach that was taken. The principal cast of Universal Pictures’ new horror thriller “Unfriended” consists of six characters who become trapped in a game of cat and mouse, as a mystery chatroom user torments them with secrets they thought would never be uncovered and pushes them into horrifying actions.
Working on tight time constraints, casting director John McAlary brought talented actors in for auditions, but, as the performers would soon learn, they weren’t average auditions. In the beginning, the team had actors read in the room with them, but it soon became quite clear that they needed to audition in front of a computer. In auditioning actresses for the role of Blaire, the team knew the moment they saw Shelley Hennig that she was their Blaire. As they never actually make physical contact throughout the film, it was important that Blaire and Mitch have palpable chemistry. Renee Olstead, known for her co-starring role on the critically acclaimed coming-of-age series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” landed the role of the lovable-but-dim-witted Jess. Actor Will Peltz, who recently starred in “Men, Women & Children,” was selected for the role of the crass, hard-partying Adam.
Rounding out the cast in the role of Laura Barns, a fellow classmate who committed suicide after she was ridiculed over an embarrassing video of her passed out at a party, is Heather Sossaman (TV’s “Days of Our Lives”). Opening across the Philippines on April 29, 2015, “Unfriended” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

We are seeing it more and more in America, and plenty of people are failing to recognize that such actions have dire consequences that can’t be taken back. Those roles are reversed a bit here and creates an interesting dynamic when the ‘it’ girl Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman) kills herself once video of her drunken antics hits the online waves. For starters, the audience is left to question rather what they’re seeing is really happening.
I’ve always said doing a movie in a limited setting only works if the narrative is spot on, and this movie while not perfect, delivers enough jilts and shocks to keep the viewer intrigued until the end. Could it be Laura herself, a friend of hers, or could a supernatural or ghostly presence be pulling the strings. It was a lot more fun than I thought, and further reiterates that the Internet is quite dangerous after all.
So, the casting process took place just that way, in two different rooms, via video chat, and the cast was chosen based upon those auditions. Hennig, who is well-known for her role as Malia Tate on TV’s “Teen Wolf,” walks us through a quick description of Blaire: “She’s that girl in high school who makes it a priority to do the right thing, and keep life pretty simple. Olstead shares what intrigued her the most about being part of the film: “What I love about this movie is that we flesh out every possible scenario. On what attracted him to the project, Wysocki gives: “The concept was something that had never been attempted. Peltz, too, felt the relevance of the film and was intrigued with the manner in which the script put a twist on a contemporary topic. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards. The tale revolves around several teenagers who find themselves in an intense game of survival after taking part in a shaming video that resulted in the suicide of another classmate. Implementing the technology of a computer and the imagery of an online chat room is nothing like seeing HD video; it heightens the suspense in my opinion.
The movie directed by Levan Gabriadze was previously known as “Cybernatural’ which I do find to be quite catchy to say the least. Once they assembled their top choices, director Leo Gabriadze and his key crew conducted a mix and match of sorts, in which they took different groups of six people and had them do a scene together. The performer, who will star in and is writing his directorial debut, #ModernMillennial, shares his experience: “What drew me to the project was how innovative the concept of the film was.

Initially, something scary happens, and in every other scary movie, the audience would say: ‘Well, why don’t they just shut off their computer?’ That’s something we show right off the bat, exactly what happens when someone tries to leave the conversation. The grainy footage transfer, similar to what has been seen in low budget thrillers like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity” places the audience that much closer to the chaos. Looking to get an earlier jump on things every year, it appears that the Hollywood Summer Season officially starts in April. It seemed like a challenge, almost impossible to do, and the concept is what sparked my interest.
To get you fully prepared for the month ahead, we've pulled together 7 other big movies coming your way that you don't want to miss! Things kick off with what will surely be one of the biggest movie of the year, followed by a slapstick comedy, a teen slasher flick, a romantic drama, a sci-fi thriller, a time travel adventure and a kung fu action masterpiece!
Take a look:1Furious 7 - April 3"Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. Nobody" are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God's Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God's Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the United States government.
Also coming in IMAX!2The Longest Ride - April 10Former bull-riding champion Luke (Scott Eastwood) and college student Sophia (Britt Robertson) are in love, but conflicting paths and ideals threaten to tear them apart: Luke hopes to make a comeback on the rodeo circuit, and Sophia is about to embark on her dream job in New York's art world. As the couple ponder their romantic future, they find inspiration in Ira (Alan Alda), an elderly man whose decades-long romance with his beloved wife withstood the test of time.3Ex Machina - April 10A young coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private retreat belonging to the reclusive CEO of the company.
However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline's long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis' parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.8Kung Fu Killer - April 24A vicious serial killer is targeting top martial arts masters, and convicted criminal and kung-fu master Hahou (Donnie Yen) is the only one with the skills to stop him. Released from jail and into police custody, they soon have their doubts about Hahou's true allegiance after a series of mysterious events. Hunted by an unstoppable killer (Baoqiang Wang and the entire police force, Hahou finds himself on his own, leading to a final battle you have to see to believe in this action-packed, kung fu crime thriller from director Teddy Chen (Bodyguards & Assassins, The Accidental Spy).What do you think of our picks for the best April movies?

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