Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50% (Critics) / 11% (Audience)
Directed By: Tara Subkoff
Written By: Tara Subkoff
Starring: Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Chloë Sevigny and Timothy Hutton
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Synopsis: A group of 12 year old girls face a night of horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity. – (Source)
Director Tara Subkoff exhibits a very strong sense of visuals in the way she shoots the film and the setting she uses. That modern, nearly all glass mansion is a work of art in itself. And the items Subkoff chose to adorn the interior of the home were very interesting.
My personal best part of this film though are the scenes where Timothy Hutton spends a good 10 minutes being a total jerk to the crew of tween girls at the center of the movie. Hutton rails at these children with a downright impressive amount of fury and it was glorious to behold.
And Chloë Sevigny was pretty good as a completely out of touch and self-absorbed mother of one of the tweens.
This movie takes far too long to get to the part where the masked killer starts actually killing. Sure we get a quick murder scene at the very beginning of the movie but then we have to spend over an hour being trapped in the world’s worst slumber party with a gaggle of petty, selfish and downright sadistic 12 year old girls. it is absolute torture to sit through. And I am sure it was not Subkoff’s intention but I kinda cheered as bad things began happening to these kids because they were all just so annoying.
This movie really does make today’s young girls out to be monsters whose sole focus in life is to share every moment they exist with the rest of the world online and to try their darndest to psychologically torture one another.
Final Verdict: The movie looks good and the adult actors offer brief respites for the audience from the torture of being deposited into the middle of a gaggle of tween mean girls tearing one another to shreds but as a whole this movie really does stink. It fails as a commentary on today’s constantly plugged in youth; it fails as an anti-bullying PSA and worst of all #HORROR fails as a horror film.