As October approaches, we are all cuddling up in the softest of blankets, drinking the warmest Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and most importantly, watching the scariest movies. There are the very popular horror films that everyone seems to know and love, and many that are overlooked because of a cheesy title, low ratings, or a lame description of the plot. But as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, don’t judge a movie by its title. #Horror is a Gas Light Films production that we found in the shadows of Netflix. As you may be able to tell from the title, this film has a relation to social media, which us teenagers know can be at times, the most frightening thing. Being an example of the bullying platforms that social media can become, this movie features a social media nightmare in its most horrific stages. Taking a unique spin on horror movies, and featuring social media to inspire fear in the viewer, this movie brings to light a terrifying concept that potentially is possible with the rising obsession in social media. Yet another movie showing how social media can bring out the worst in people, the movie features 6 teenage girls and a sleepover gone wrong. Turning on each other, and taking a social media app, “Slashtag,” too seriously, the film starts off as a normal sleepover, before turning into a typical slasher film. #Horror stood out to us because of the slight connection we all can make with it. Platforms like Instagram or Twitter are places some people seem to use as a place of expressing their harsh feelings of others, or opinions that they want to share. While, Slashtag and Instagram are not exactly the same, they still can be associated with each other because of the inappropriate uses that some people seem to benefit from. While the plot of this horror movie may lack in some aspects, the overall take-away was powerful. With the rising popularity in social media, and social media being used as a platform to bully others, or turned into a game, the scary part about this movie is the fact that it could become a reality.
Story by Maci Cameron and Hannah Bancroft