Release Date: July 13, 2013
Director: Cody Calahan
Writer: Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan
What if the zombie virus wasn’t spread through bites from the infected? What if it didn’t start out as a biological weapon created in a lab? What if we weren’t all infected already? What if the zombie apocalypse was really started by…social media?
That’s the idea behind the horror movie/satire, Antisocial, a film that examines our modern society’s growing dependence on social media in a very gory way.
I found today to be a fitting day for this review, since it follows pretty 20-something Sam (played by Michelle Mylett) and her group of college friends on New Year’s Eve, as they host the party to end all parties. The film starts off with a brutal opening scene with two girls making a video blog post that goes horribly wrong, but then slows down dramatically, spending its time establishing its theme and introducing a group of characters who aren’t really anything special. You’ll learn very little about these people throughout the course of the movie—certainly not enough to care about any of them—and it will become quickly apparent that these are your standard horror movie stereotypes: the cool guy, the bimbo, etc. (although they do change it up with the virgin, giving her a small but predictable—and, ultimately, forgettable—character adjustment). But the theme is strong, and the final quarter of the movie is where things really kick up, with some bloody death scenes, lots of carnage, and a grand finale that makes the whole thing worth watching. (more…)