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'Unfriended' is a horror movie in a Mac desktopThis unconventional horror flick tells a surprisingly creepy story -- using only browser windows and video chat. CNET's Luke Westaway offers his verdict.
Haunted Skype might not sound like a compelling premise for a horror movie, but the attention to detail in Unfriended means it's a cut above standard thriller fare [NOISE] In Unfriended, a group of pals found their Skype conversation hijacked by the vengeful ghost of Laura Barns, their peer who committed suicide having been a victim of cyber-bullying. The movie is notable for taking place entirely inside of protagonist, Blaire Lily's, laptop. With the action unfolding using chat window software and sound effects. That are recognizable in enough to make the escalating terror feel vaguely rooted in real life. It's probably a glitch. Well the glitch just typed. While unfriended's plot is predictable and some of the scares feel cheap this isn't a horror movie that patronizes it's audience and the realistic way Blaire uses her laptop to try and talk, google and virus scan her way out of trouble makes for oddly compelling viewing. All right, everyone hands up, right now. Who's doing it? It's a shame that Unfriended is a bit too absurd to properly deal with the important themes of cyber bullying and online privacy that it raises, but nevertheless, this is an entertaining effort that proves it's possible to spin a creepy yarn within the confines a computer screen. Who's there?! Lock your door! Lock your door! Hide!