Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

In theaters: Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

A group of self-involved Facebook friends who blow off hanging out in person to stay in their apartments and video chat becomes the target of psychopath hackers in writer/director Stephen Susco’s Unfriended: Dark Web (2018), the successor to the surprisingly not-bad Unfriended (2014). Like in the previous iteration, the entire movie happens on the macOS desktop, through real-time Skype calls and file interactions—a clever idea in 2014, but it can’t be innovative twice, and it goes to no new places here.

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Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)
Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

Its most disturbing images are all front-loaded, with some upvote-ready snuff film clips, but after that it’s all video conferencing and a creepy-ish live stream or two. Your average Twitter feed is scarier. Watching it on a computer might improve it, but I’m doubtful. Although I did enjoy the reaction of the deaf girl Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras) to the fact that her clueless boyfriend Matias (Colin Woodell) would rather develop a sign-language app than learn to talk with her in sign language.