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Friend Request (2016)

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When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.

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Simon Verhoeven
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alycia Debnam-Carey ... Laura
William Moseley ... Tyler
Connor Paolo ... Kobe
Brit Morgan ... Olivia
Brooke Markham ... Isabel
Sean Marquette ... Gustavo
Liesl Ahlers ... Marina
Shashawnee Hall ... Det. Cameron
Susan Danford Susan Danford ... Caroline
Lee Raviv ... Marina (child)
Nicholas Pauling ... Second Officer Dempsey
David Butler David Butler ... Dr. Markham
Julian Katz Julian Katz ... Bully 1
Kiano Janse van Rensburg Kiano Janse van Rensburg ... Bully 2
Dorothy Ann Gould Dorothy Ann Gould ... Elizabeth Palmer
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Storyline

Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina's (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone's shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura's profile. Even though it wasn't Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it's too late.

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Taglines:

Be careful who you click with. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unfriend See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,002,863, 24 September 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,759,046, 29 November 2017
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the whole movie revolves around Facebook, it is not actually mentioned explicitly. See more »

Goofs

They used Stock footage, but the shot clearly shows shutter stock in the image. Not only are the shots jarring but to be able to read shutter stock in giant letters. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Marina: Laura... come to me
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits display signs of interference and images repeating See more »

Connections

Featured in Half in the Bag: IT (1990) and IT (2017) (2017) See more »

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THE BEGINNING
Performed by Gary Go
Administered by Kobalt Music Group
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Not horrible
25 September 2016 | by filipabarrosSee all my reviews

Although I'm not a fan of the genre, I have to say that it was not as bad as I usually expect from horror movies. I watched it with no expectations whatsoever, and it was actually a mildly pleasant experience.

The movie revolves around the dark side of social media, how a lonely girl with no friends sends a friend request to a popular girl with a lot of friends, and it all kinda spirals from that. There are decent jump scares, the plot is a bit of a mess in my opinion, but the acting is quite good, with the lovely Alycia Debnam-Carey as the lead. It is well directed and the camera work is actually very good.

If you like this genre, you'll probably like this one. It's not as boring and thoughtless as most horror movies, and the theme is new and modern.


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