#Horror boasts a cast that includes TImothy Hutton, Chloë Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Murphy, and Balthazar Getty.
But the actual plot is about six tween girls who face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns deadly, a story inspired by real events of extreme cyberbullying.
The spoiler-free review is though the title is #Horror, there was very little of it to be found. The adults in the cast (ie: The Big Names) are barely used – some have less than 5 minutes of screen time. And the over-all feel of the film is it’s an artsy film school project. Don’t even bother wasting your time on #Horror.
Spoilers come after this mark, so don’t scroll farther if you don’t want to see them…
It’s easy to be looped into watching this film from actress Tara Subkoff, marking her directing and writing debut.
Names like Timothy Hutton and Chloë Sevigny usually mean quality, but there’s not a lot here for them to work with. They also don’t get a lot of screen time. Hutton and Sevigny get maybe 10-15 min throughout the film, and the rest of the adult cast less than 5 minutes each.
The majority of the movie is centered around the six tween brats, none of whom are likeable. They bicker, bully, and bitch in pretty much every scene. They also post to social media a lot via a game, which the director chose to over-lay on the screen with neon borders and huge text.
The graphics in the film are all-around horrible. The opening scene credits have a neon psychedelic background like they were trying to use every color in the crayon box while tripping on acid. Then there are the wild graphics simulating the game play, which totally detract from any potential scares in the film.
With a title like #Horror, this film should be scary, but it can’t even manage creepy. It should have been called #CyberBully for a more accurate title. Subkoff seems to be aiming for an arthouse horror film with a message, but misses the mark on both the artsy and the horror.
Avoid this film. The last 20 minutes has some kills and horror atmosphere, but they aren’t worth sitting through the entire movie. Even the trailer (below) looks better than the movie as a whole.
Disclaimer: I watched this with my Netflix streaming account. I was not asked to write a review.
Rating: 1 out of 10 stars
Director: Tara Subkoff
Cast: Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, TImothy Hutton, Chloë Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Murphy, Balthazar Getty
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The official trailer
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