Friend Request (2017): Horror movies are slowly moving towards revolving around different premises and varying back stories with main-stream horror fiction movies on a decline. In an era where the Conjuring movies are considered as a benchmark for horror flicks comes another story of a girl troubled by demonic spirits owing to her activities on a social networking website. Directed by Simon Verhoeven and screenplay by Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch and Verhoeven, Friend Request stars Alycia Debnam-Carey in a title role. This movie was released earlier in Germany and now, it is slated to release in the United States and Canada along with the rest of the international markets this year.
Friend Request (2017) Plot
Alycia Debnam-Carey stars as Laura, a popular college co-ed with a healthy social following on Facebook (it’s never spoken, but it’s Facebook). Out of the blue one night, she receives a friend request from one of her loner classmates (Marina Mills, played by Liesl Ahlers). Laura initially sees no harm in befriending the quiet new student and spends the next two weeks playing into Marina’s digital obsession.
On her birthday, Laura lies to Marina about party plans only to have incriminating pictures surface online. This leads to Marina’s suicide, but the weirdness doesn’t stop there. Marina’s Facebook profile remains active, and starts interacting with Laura – sending messages, posting, and then controlling her own page. Laura tries to delete Marina’s obscene content – and then her own profile – but cannot due to errors. As cyber-friends begin removing Laura from their circles, the cursed girl tries to stop Marina’s phantom profile from destroying her life any further – and that’s when people start dying.
Friend Request (2017) Cast
- Alycia Debnam-Carey as Laura Woodson
- William Moseley as Tyler McCormick
- Connor Paolo as Kobe
- Brit Morgan as Olivia Mathison
- Brooke Markham as Isabel
- Sean Marquette as Gustavo Garcia
- Liesl Ahlers as Marina Mills / Marina Nedifar
- Shashawnee Hall as Detective Cameron
Friend Request (2017) Release Date
This horror flick was earlier released in Germany this year but was not rolled out to the other nations by the distributor Warner Bros. The film was picked up by Freestyle Releasing in January 2016 and is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of 2016. At first, it was scheduled for an October 7 release, then pushed to November 18. Finally, after a whole lot of speculation and talks regarding the film’s release, it has finally been decided that Friend Request will premiere in the United States and Canada on January 6, 2017. Post its release in North America, the film is slated to hit the big screens in the rest of the countries.