‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Proves its Worth in the Horror Genre

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

As we approach the fall season, horror movies will be releasing in an abundance. This weekend, our silver screens have been graced with the new Unfriended: Dark Web.

If you didn’t know, this film is the sequel to the 2014 Unfriended where we were introduced to a new kind of fright—the internet.

Using only the screen of a computer, Unfriended: Dark Web follows Matias (Colin Woodell) who accidentally steals the computer of a Dark Web criminal. During a game night over Skype, Matias’s closest friends begin to suffer the consequences of Matias’s actions and the worldwide ring of criminals who revel in their demise.

Considering that it is a sequel, I have to say that it was 100% better than the first film. Many would say that realistic horror is more frightening because it’s something that could actually happen, and that is exactly the case with Dark Web.

The situations that occur will scare anyone into dropping their modern life to live a tech-free, secluded life. I left the theatre completely terrified of everything, including my own phone. Not only is the technology piece bone-chilling, but so are the deaths. They’re creatively mortifying and something you’d never expect.

Writers Nelson Greaves and Stephen Susco have done a spectacular job with this film’s smart and impressive story that I was actually skeptical of, at first.

I went into it expecting a nonsense plot but, Unfriended: Dark Web turned out to be one of the best horror films of summer 2018.

My Rating: 88%

Acting: 3/4

Cinematography: 3.5/4

Story: 3.8/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4


‘Hereditary’: A Real Horrorshow

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Over the weekend, I had the frightening pleasure to see the greatest horror movie in the past two decades, Hereditary, which is about a family who comes to find out about the sinister secrets that resides in their family tree.

Of course, that is my own opinion, but it has received an unbelievable amount of praise from critics everywhere as they call it “the new The Exorcist”. It’s always interesting when film critics compare a modern film to an absolute classic, which rarely ever happens for the horror genre.

It’s dismissed by most because of the lack of originality and true terror. Well let me tell you, Hereditary is not only original and terrifying but it also takes it to a level that is usually taken in a distasteful and childish way.

There’s gore that not only makes you sick to your stomach (many decapitated heads) but also brings you to a mental state of actual fear. There’s points where it feels like you’re there with the characters and experiencing their fear. It’s feels like you’re going through a haunted house but, covering your eyes and ears to escape the situation that you’re encased in.

It’s not only a wild ride, it’s an emotional one too.

The performances given by the actors were remarkable and career defining. From seasoned thespians such as Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne to the impressive first timer, Milly Shapiro (who is my new favorite actress). They all shined in their roles but it goes without saying that the performance that 20 year old, Alex Wolff, delivered was surprising and gut-wrenching.

Portraying a teen with severe PTSD, Wolff regresses his normal, rebellious adolescent character Peter to a petrified young boy. When I say ‘regress’, I mean he literally does not act like a teenager anymore. After the incident that creates his PTSD, Peter begins speaking like a child and reacting like a child. He uses the word ‘Mommy’ and when he’s scared he cries – a lot.

He also quickly becomes the 2nd main character alongside Collette’s character and his mother, Annie. They create a rivalry which includes them even having nightmares about the other killing them. Annie and Peter’s relationship shows how their tension causes an explosion of emotion and Collette and Wolff portray this in such a perfectly brutal way that it cuts like a knife.

Hereditary is the horror movie that conjures a new kind of fear in film – real fear. It is a brilliant reintroduction to the psychological, disturbing, and original content that generations before had.

My Rating: 98%

Acting: 3.7/4

Cinematography: 4/4

Story: 4/4

Enjoyability: 4.4