Blumhouse’s cybernetic horror show Unfriended has already garnered a cult following thanks to its appearance at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival. Now, with little over two weeks until the film’s release, the production company has unveiled an eerie new trailer that imagines a scenario where six Internet friends are haunted by a malevolent spirit.
That malevolent spirit in question belongs to one Laura Barns, a high school student who committed suicide shortly after an embarrassing video of her drunk at a party spread through her circle of friends — and indeed the college — like wildfire.
Like Poltergeist for the Skype generation, Unfriended is certainly a unique take on the traditional vengeful ghost approach, and it’ll be interesting to see how the film performs on the big stage after riding the buzz of goodwill from its festival showcase.
Unfriended is due to loom into theaters on April 17. For more on Levan Gabriadze’s 21st century horror show, be sure to check out our review, along with our exclusive interview with executive producer Jason Blum.
Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.