Friend Request

Friend Request

Simon Verhoeven (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Horror comes from Facebook in German director Simon Verhoeven's first horror feature, which plays hell with social media and school peer pressure. When popular student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) kindly accepts the friend request from brooding emo weirdy Marina (Lisl Ahlers), her friends begin to die in mysteriously awful ways. And even when Marina kills herself, she's not quite as gone as Laura's dead friends may have wished. Like Unfriended before it, Friend Request pivots on the harassment and intrusion social media can have on an ordinary life. Although the direction isn't strong, with jump cuts and scare shots generously used, the art department amp up truly icky visuals to explore Marina's madness. Debnam-Carey acquits herself well, while Ahlers's performance could serve as her audition for a remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not a great film, but maybe a fun date film.


A teenager meets a girl online, only to find she is a demonic entity intent on killing her real friends. Horror, starring Alycia Debnam-Carey and William Moseley.

Cast & Crew

Laura Alycia Debnam-Carey
Tyler William Moseley
Kobe Connor Paolo
Olivia Brit Morgan
Isabel Brooke Markham
Gustavo Sean Marquette
Marina Liesl Ahlers
Director Simon Verhoeven
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing.Released on: 20 Apr 2016