Friend Request

September 26th, 2017


Friend Request

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 5.4/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Simon Verhoeven

Stars: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo

Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina's (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone's shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura's profile. Even though it wasn't Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it's too late.

Writers: Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch, Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers, Shashawnee Hall, Susan Danford, Lee Raviv, Nicholas Pauling, David Butler, Julian Katz, Kiano Janse van Rensburg, Dorothy Ann Gould, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Alycia Debnam-Carey - Laura
William Moseley - Tyler
Connor Paolo - Kobe
Brit Morgan - Olivia
Brooke Markham - Isabel
Sean Marquette - Gustavo
Liesl Ahlers - Marina
Shashawnee Hall - Det. Cameron
Susan Danford - Caroline
Lee Raviv - Marina (child)
Nicholas Pauling - Second Officer Dempsey
David Butler - Dr. Markham
Julian Katz - Bully 1
Kiano Janse van Rensburg - Bully 2
Dorothy Ann Gould - Elizabeth Palmer

Taglines: Evil is Trending


Official Website: Official Facebook | Wiedemann & Berg Film GmbH & Co KG [Germany]

Country: Germany

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Cape Town, South Africa

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Did You Know?

The film was shot in Cape Town, South Africa. Although the film was produced by the German director Simon Verhoeven and German production companies, the largely English-speaking cast required that the film be shot in English. Filming ended in March 2014. See more »

After looking at Gustavo Memorial Facebook page, Tyler is comforting Laura on the bed and the boom mic is visible above. See more »


User Review


Rating: 6/10

The internet can be a very dark place. It's that way because people feel more comfortable saying how they truly feel on matters when they're hidden behind a computer screen, rather than being face to face with someone. Using this darkness as a film subject has been touched on, but not really mastered yet by Hollywood. 2014's 'Unfriended' is the best example I've seen of this subject so far. It has a lot of similarities to 'Friend Request', but remains a superior film. The main thing that it had going for it was that it was shown in real time, which covered up the biggest problem 'Friend Request' faced - the implausibility of no one being able to help.

'Friend Request' starts out as a very fine film. The '2 Weeks Earlier' segment is brilliantly crafted and sets up what should have been a great movie. Then, unfortunately, things start to fall apart. Characters start saying and doing things that make no sense, and all logic in regards to the social network problems go out the window in order for the story to stay afloat. There are some very good jump scares admittedly, however a number of the death scenes are a big let down in terms of suspense. It still remains an above average horror movie, but the disappointing thing here is the waste of potential.


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