After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.
While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it's a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends' darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead.Written by
(at around 1 min) In the beginning of the movie, when Blaire watches the Laura Barns' suicide video on LiveLeak the timer under the video says that the video lasts 2:30 minutes, but when she puts the video on full screen. the timer says 1:59 instead of 2:30. See more »
[Laura fires upon herself on the high school basketball courts, a female student then screams as the teacher and crowd rush towards Laura's body and Blaire pauses the liveleak video]
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At the start, the Universal logo starts breaking up like a bad connection. See more »
In the FX broadcast, the voice acting is rerecorded to censor obscenities. Scenes were also re-edited (ie: Laura Barns party video) to censor inappropriate scenes. See more »
When I saw the trailers for this movie, I brushed it off as just another typical ghost flick. However, it got descent reviews and the more I read about it, the more intrigued I got. It sounded like a gimmick movie, but an entire movie on Skype? Had that been done before? Not like that. I can like a good gimmick movie if it's done right. And... that is not at all what we have here.
I honestly don't know where to start with this crap. Time to make a list.
1. Okay, so the first thing that bothered me is, the whole movie is some sort of anti-bullying message, yet that fell apart for me because the girl that committed suicide and is now a ghost, we find out through exposition that she was a tramp and a bully herself. Where's the justification? If she was an innocent, friendly person who was fat or something, that would make more sense.
2. Despite being over Skype and hand-held footage the whole movie, the editors can't help themselves to add music stings and jump scares in the movie. Your gimmick pretty much dies right there, even Paranormal Activity understood this.
3. Every one of the six characters we see in the whole movie is annoying, obnoxious and irredeemable. We get lame lines, yelling and poor acting for that matter.
4. The little things that bothered me. I know I'm nitpicking but the movie wasn't compelling enough to distract me from those things so screw it. Why would the main girl text her boyfriend when he's right there on Skype? She asks where he's gone after literally seconds of not responding, nobody likes a nag. Certain characters die and there's obvious CGI blood, again killing the gimmick. Are they really arguing about weed in a life or death situation? The ghost hacks the main character's Itunes and plays music at convenient times (playing How You Lie Lie Lie by Connie Conway whenever someone was lying). The main girl had a piece of paper saying that someone will die if she shows it, and she actually does it!
5. The ending. Okay, so once the ghost kills off all the main character's friends, she's the last one and the ghost uploads a video showing that she was one of the one's responsible for her death. She then gets hate mail and death threats on her Facebook. What they should have done was have the main character kill herself, giving the movie some irony, but nope. She puts her laptop down and the ghost jumps out from the shadows and kills her. What the hell was the point of uploading the video then??
6. So let me get this straight, you have a ghost talking to you through means of typing on a computer while attaching scary videos to it. Sound familiar? It should. It's the same idea as that haunted Majora's Mask Creepypasta, except even that was more effective than this garbage.
Was there anything I liked? Well the scene where the guy realizes that ghost's camera was right behind him was kind of creative, but again, it's ruined by a laughably over-the-top death scene.
In terms of good ideas for movies done badly, this is right up there with the first Purge movie, except way worse.
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