Cybernatural (2014)

Cybernatural (2014)
  • Time: 82 min
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Director: Levan Gabriadze
  • Cast: Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman


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. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, Cybernatural redefines ‘found footage’ for a new generation of teens.


  • Unfriended is a new genre of horror, that of cyber horror. With modern technology ubiquitous with life and gore becoming a common practice in film, it’s hard to scare anyone these days. So what better way to scare someone than by turning something everyone uses and trusts against them?

    When five teenage friends link up for an online chat they soon find themselves the target of a mysterious entity that wants in on their online fun. The characters are very believable with their teenaged angst, petty cruelty and drama that ultimately dooms them. The script has its shinning clever moments when a character (mainly Blaire) would choose to type what they were feeling instead of vocalizing it so as not to appear intimidated or afraid. Or sometimes just to hide the truth from the others.

    The scares are few and far between, but the sense of unease haunts the movie from beginning to end. You get two stories told simultaneously: the murders going down as the game continues and the story of why they were chosen to play. As the night continues the contestants start to turn on each other, outing secrets and betrayals so that no one is as innocent as they seem.

    The movie is filled with teenage rhetoric and vernacular that some of the older audience (if there are any) might not at first understand but there is plenty of exposition in film to translate what they mean. Sometimes the lingo is so heavily poured on that you can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous these kids sound.

    The movie is fun up until the ending, where the lame thrill and predictable outcome kind of cheapen the rest of the movie. All in all ‘Unfriended’ is a keeper when it comes to modern horror stories because teaches a friendly lesson about cyber bullying and friendship and will no doubt mother countless copycat films in the near future. 6/10

  • One night, while six high school teenagers Blaire, Mitch, Jess, Adam Ken and Val take part in an online group chat session, they are suddenly joined by a user known only as “Billie227.” Thinking it’s just a technical glitch, the friends carry on their conversation… until Blaire begins receiving messages from someone claiming to be Laura Barns, a classmate who killed herself exactly one year prior. As Blaire tries to expose Billie’s identity, her friends are forced to confront their darkest secrets and lies.

    Unfriended is yet another entry in the found-footage horror genre, the only difference between this film and every other found-footage movie ever made is that instead of being filmed on an annoying shaky handheld camera its takes place on the computer screen of high school girl. Quite honestly, I would’ve preferred the annoying shaky handheld camera. Like almost every other found-footage movie, this movie takes forever to deliver that one moment that is supposed to have us shocked and horrified but when it comes we are neither shocked nor horrified. Even with a run-time of 82 minutes this movie is painful to sit through because it’s boring and takes forever to end

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