After the success of the online horror movie no friends, a slew of horror films depicting the dark side of social media have begun flooding mainstream audiences. In these disturbing films, evil exists on the Internet and the characters are haunted by the World Wide Web. How to expel an evil that has invited itself thanks to technology?
Horror has a way of turning even the most innocent or simple experiences into good ones. However, since the internet and social media have become an integral part of modern life, it’s only natural that horror film makers use them as a source of terror and entertainment. To deliver the scariest techno-horror, Friend request, hostAND selfie from hell play with new fears such as entering the forbidden dark web, online stalking and the deadly consequences of social media obsession. After watching these movies, you might want to delete your social media forever.
“Friend Request” (2016)
Friend request revolves around a popular student, Laura (Alycia Debnam Carey), who makes the mistake of getting rid of a mysterious girl named Marina (Liesl Ahlers) and invites a demonic presence into his life. When her friends die mysteriously, a frightened Laura has no choice but to find a way to fight this evil.
The list of horror movies on social networks cannot be complete without mentioning Friend request. The plot can become predictable at some point as it shares some similarities with slashers like Friday the 13th, but this gripping horror film is more than satisfying to watch. While it may sound a bit heavy handed with its idea of a Facebook demon, there are also plenty of fun moments and gore.
Tragedy Girls (2017)
Two small town friends, McKayla Hooper (Brianna Hildebrand) and Sadie Cunningham (Alexandra Shipp) are obsessed with becoming social media stars and resort to murder to entertain their unsuspecting fans. Luckily for them, they catch a serial killer Lowell (Kevin Durand), and commit some brutal murders to their evil social media page by putting them on it.
Tyler MacIntyre presents a slasher genre with a modern twist. Tragedy girls it’s as dark as slasher movies can get, with psychopathic killers, gore, murderous madness, suspense and terror. It is one of the smartest horror movies with wild main characters, a fun story and fresh ideas that deviate from traditional slasher movies. While some may find this horror comedy funny, it may turn others off as these villains show no remorse for their heinous actions and go virtually unpunished.
“The Host” (2020)
Six friends attempt an online session during their weekly Zoom meeting only to invite a demonic presence into their home.
A horror film based on “Zoom” with a well-timed jump, meandering pace and excellent acting sets it apart from many other modern horrors. Although it was designed during the COVID-19 lockdown, host it’s an engaging film that delivers real tension and unsettling scares as each action plays outon a Zoom call. This office horror movie will really have many viewers hiding under their covers. There is nothing to do here.
A single car driver will stop at nothing to become internet famous. He devises a deadly plan to go viral and quickly earns a reputation as the “Rideshare Killer.”
This is another horror comedy that satirizes the lengths people will go to in order to become internet famous. It’s disturbing to see sweet Joseph-David Keery e foreign things as a bloody villain. However, his presence in the film is one of the reasons many people love him.
Alice (Madeleine Brewer), a cam girl, discovers that a lookalike has hijacked her followers, and she must find out who the lookalike is to regain access to her account.
In addition to giving viewers a glimpse into the world of cam girls, Daniel GoldhaberThe psychological horror film is expertly woven to have a brilliant blend of science fiction and the supernatural. Many fans have compared it to Black Swan, but with a cybernetic twist and camera girls. It’s pretty scary and perfectly shows what it’s like to be obsessed with getting an online status or obsessed with numbers. Although the film is great, some viewers may find the ending unsatisfying.
“Unfriended: Dark Web” (2017)
A group of friends discover a laptop that has access to the dark web, where they watch a series of disturbing videos of people who appear to be in danger. Soon after, they receive anonymous messages informing them that they will all die if they go outside or call the police. The night of fun suddenly turns to horror as they die one by one while the others watch in horror.
The only similarity between this independent sequel to no friends and the first honesty is that both happen on laptop screens. Stephen Susco manages to create a brutal and disturbing film that offers a dark look at how scary the internet age can be.
“Selfie from Hell” (2018)
An online vlogger from Germany, Julia (Melah Adams), visits his cousin Hana (Alyson Walker) to the United States to become ill. Hannah searches the internet to find the cause of the strange illness, only to discover an inaccessible site on the dark web. His seemingly normal home turns into a haunted house.
People who love horror movies with lots of jumps will definitely love this one as it offers an insight into the terrifying world of the dark web. However, the film is a bit formulaic and it is difficult for some viewers to fully appreciate it. However, it does a great job of warning people to stay away from the dark web, as bad things are sure to happen when they go there.
‘The Beginning’ (2020)
A frat party that begins innocently quickly turns bloody when a star athlete is found impaled in his dorm. Soon bodies begin to appear on campus, as an assassin wearing a metal mask picks and kills the family’s sons and daughters.
INITIATION crosses the horror-horror and crime-thriller tropes to deliver an engaging story. It paves the way for the modern horror genre by incorporating new elements such as social media harassment, women’s rights and more. This slasher film is more than just a horror film for horror’s sake; it takes time to develop the characters and the story.
“Like Me” (2017)
IN Like mea teenage girl desperate for human relationships embarks on a killing spree that she broadcasts on social media.
The color drenched cinematography mixed with the actors’ outstanding portrayal of the characters and the inventiveness of the murders are sure to yield plenty in this disturbing serial killer tale. Kiya’s (Addison Timlin) description of millennial isolation reflects the dark side of trying so hard to be relevant online.
A young graduate student living alone in New York City is tormented by a hacker who stalks her through all of her technology devices. When video streams aren’t enough, he switches from virtual to physical stalker.
to chat manages to cause panic and fear in real life by focusing only on the Internet. Shot through the lens of a webcam, cell phone, motion camera and other devices, this home invasion horror is strikingly realistic. This cyber-horror short film is completely different from films of its kind in that it does not rely on gore or violence to tell the story. There’s enough suspense to make it terrifying.
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