Dion has been planning for Halloween since March. An invite to the advance screening of this thriller was the equivalent to asking a kid if they want ice cream for dinner.
We found a thriller that meets our criteria: female-centered. Even better, we found this movie in an invite for an advance screening, double win.
The formula for a good thriller is: basic dialogue, wondering why a character would walk down that hallway, and the occasional startle response. This movie did just that. This film didn’t take the typical route with the classic plot of the stalker “friend”, but adds a dimension by taking the viewer into the dark corners of social media. By the way, at times the background music sounded eerily similar to the Netflix hit “Black Mirror”.
The filmmaker set-up the film for a sequel, although we strongly advise against it. This is a good film that is made better because of the fellow moviegoers. It is a great stress-reliever for our hectic days. The movie also happens to be released on the first day of fall, a perfect way to kick off the Halloween season.
From the desk of Dr. Metzger:
This had all the right ingredients for a Halloween scare…the cheesy one-liners, partying millennials, creepy kid duo and the loud rock music during the credits. However, it was just “decent” for me. I may be biased because I had just seen “It” a week before, where the fright factor was far superior to this. I’m always game for the horror genre, especially during my favorite time of the year. With that said, I like some originality in my scares. I thought “Friend Request” was kind of a rip off of “Final Destination” but with an 2017 after-school special kind of feel. It was about a 6/10 on the fright scale. Catch this at home. Turn off the lights and you can get startled just the same on the couch. Save your ticket money for something that will really spook you.
Directed By: Simon Verhoeven
Starring: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan
Runtime: 1hr, 32 mins