The prevalence of internet focused Horror is at a raging peak. Whether a release is independent or major studio release it's inescapable whether the primary story line for a movie focuses on tech Horror or some element of the movie revolves around recent technological advances or even if the marketing campaign for a movie looks like a Facebook post (the new Amityville Horror for example). There are plenty of good ones. The Den was a solid tech Horror flick as well as Open Windows and even Unfriended (which everyone likes but me). The latest from IFC Midnight teamed up with Scream Factory is #Horror. The name itself is the epitome of tech Horror while the story's primary driver is an internet came.
It compares fairly well to the recent successful tech Horror films. It doesn't use the found footage or POV angle via webcam to nauseate its audience, but rather uses a game online to create tension and thrilling mystery. The cast is solid and well known though I wouldn't exactly say everyone is used to the utmost potential. The imagery in the picture feels ultra modern artistic and less organic. That makes it feel distant, and almost embodies much of what we love about the Euro Horror filmmakers of the 70's and 80's. It isn't truly a scare picture beyond of the well used and loved volume based and jump scare inspired thrills.
While it's based on a true story, I can't say that that made me feel anymore disturbed by the picture. It's well shot, looks great in HD and has some remarkable imagery involving extreme clashes of contrast and color, but ultimately, this isn't my kind of Horror picture. It just isn't fun. It isn't overly scary. It's more like a whodunit with horrific elements and a novelty gag of the computer age in its back pocket.
From Scream Factory:
You've got followers… cyberbullying goes offline. #Horror follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real. Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story, American Psycho) leads an ensemble cast that includes Timothy Hutton (American Crime, The Dark Half) and Orange Is The New Black's Natasha Lyonne and Taryn Manning. This chiller, inspired by a shocking true story, is written and directed by actress/designer Tara Subkoff (The Cell, The Last Days Of Disco).