Cam: An Unsettling Look at Identity and Technology

A joint production between Blumhouse Productions and two smaller studios, Cam is the latest thriller to explore anxieties about technology and social identity. Over the past year, similarly-themed movies #FromJennifer and Tragedy Girls have found horror at the intersection between social media and our ‘Likes-obsessed’ culture. This time around, Cam takes us into the world of […]

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Technology in Horror: A Brave New World of Terror

Horror films resonate with audiences in part because they allow us to explore ours fears in the safety of theatres. The Jetsons may have promised a future where technology and humanity lived in harmony, but our reality is entirely different. The interconnected digital world has given us instant content-on-demand where almost no aspects of our lives […]

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The Den: Who Is Really Out There

At some point in the next week, I am hoping to publish a bigger piece in The Vault exploring technology narratives in horror. Our lives are only becoming more intertwined with technology and for technophobes, technology offers a vast source of potential horror. Last week I posted a review of Unfriended, a film with similar […]

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Tragedy Girls Is a Date Worth Making

Horror is catching up with social media and its potential as a source of the horrific. Over the last few years, the horror genre has given us Unfriended, The Den, and the dreadful Friend Request. Each of these movies exploited the anonymous cruelties of our “likes’ based culture. Earlier this week, I reviewed the fun #FromJennifer that […]

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#FromJennifer is Worth a Follow

We’re living in an era that has witnessed an unprecedented rapid expansion of technology. I can still remember using Napster in the early 2000s and waiting an entire afternoon for a single song to download. In less than a decade we’ve discarded MySpace (and  Facebook could follow) for Snapchat and Instagram. The emergence of social […]

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Swipe Left on Bad Match (2017)

SPOILER ALERT: Bad Match (2017) is an awful movie. Not a fun awful movie. There is no ‘cult status’ in the future of Bad Match. This is a film that is so lazy and generic that one has to wonder if it was the result of ‘Script-Writing 101’ group project. Yet somehow a quick scan […]

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Ignore This Friend Request

This past year was a banner year for horror. Arguably, Get Out and It’s runaway success stories played a huge role in this success. Yet not every horror movie released in 2017 scared up box office receipts or critical triumph. Friend Request, a German English-language film produced in 2016 and shelved until late in 2017, […]

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