MOVIES 'Unfriended' is classic horror for the digital age

April 17, 2015 7:43 AM

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Perhaps more than any other genre, horror movies struggle to stay relevant. While period dramas or spy thrillers can be successful no matter when you set them, horror movies must always tap into the fears of the modern audience. Horror filmmakers must seek out what new elements of life are in the forefront of our collective consciousness and how these can be spun into our latest nightmares.

Unfriended follows in the path of both found footage and the technology-based gimmicks of horror films such as The Ring, which imagines a demonic videotape. In this case, a group of high-school friends are tortured via Skype chat by the spirit of Laura Barns, a girl who was cyberbullied and committe...

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