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Finally, a "horror" movie that didn't scare me but just angers me
I have to disagree with some movie critiques that said the acting was bad. I actually thought it was quite good. Regardless of the acting, the movie accomplished something that I hadn't experienced in a horror movie in like...ever. It managed to not scare me but just anger me.
The some of the worst horror movies, well, before this one, that I've watched would often engender some level of fear, and then anger. Anger at the stupidity of every protagonist involved. As an example, the old 80's slasher flicks. They did a good job, well, back then anyways (scare tactics have since progressed a lot), of building tension, anxiety, and fear; but, they also had a lot of stupid actors doing stupid things as a method of making the audience more emotional, e.g., angry. It's enough for one to come away with very mixed feelings about how good the horror flick was. On one hand, it did a fine job of scaring you; on the other hand, it also angered you and made you somewhat hate the movie. This movie was a first for me. It didn't scare me at all; it just made me hate all of the people in the film.
Scaring someone like me is a hard thing, I suppose. I've been watching horror films for over 40 years now. So, I guess I'm a bit jaded and hard to please. But, still, the movie really failed to drive home any sense of dread or anxiety. For the most part, I felt like the characters were just being played by some angry relative of the deceased. It was only after more than a good chunk of the way through, that perhaps there was something supernatural and sinister. The movie really failed to convey this, though, in an effective way. And throughout, I never felt that this sinister force was anything but an angry teeny blooper (not the right spelling, but stupid IMDb's retarded review check system is forcing me to use this spelling). It just didn't do it for me. But the worst was the film DID convey a hatred for people. All kinds of people.
Not only did I hate the protagonists, well not all of them, a couple of them seemed decent and not deserving of revenge. But, I hated the almost everyone portrayed in the film. I hated the antagonist the most. She most definitely was portrayed in a way that makes one think she deserved her own suicide. But, I also hated the people on Facebook that, ironically, took part in bullying the protagonists. I hated the whole Chat Roulette bit. It made me think about bystander apathy. In the end, I just realized I hate people. The film made me hate people. It didn't scare me or do its purpose in that regard. It just made me become more of an misanthrope. And, I hate it for that.
So, there you have it. My first review of a film on IMDb. That's how bad this movie was for me. It was so bad, that instead of just rating it and moving on, I had to write my thoughts down to release some of the internal angst that this movie induced. And, now, I realize, the movie accomplished something even worse. It not only wasted the hour+ of my life I spent watching it. It wasted another 20 minutes of my life, and maybe yours, for writing/reading this review.
TL;DR: This horror movie does everything a horror movie shouldn't do: not scare you, but just angers you.