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5 Movies Like Unfriended
Unfriended is a 2015 horror film directed by Levan Gabriadze. It was released in theaters on April 17, 2015, after a successful premier at the Fantasia Festival in July 2014. Shelley Hennig stars as one of a group of friends who find themselves being haunted by a mysterious being who uses their dead friend’s account to send them messages. Originally released as Cybernatural, the film redefines the found footage horror genre. In this hub, you will find movies like Unfriended that infuses technology with terror.
1. Maximum Overdrive
Release Date: July 25, 1986
Director: Stephen King
Cast: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington
Rhea-M is a rogue comet that causes a strange phenomenon every time it passes the Earth’s atmosphere: machines come to life and rebel against their creators. At the Dixie Boy truck shop, the parked trucks start up on their own. They circle the shop, preventing anyone from entering or leaving the vicinity. A young ex-con decides to take action, leading the rescue of those who are in danger. Little did they know that there is much more to the Rhea-M comet than they thought, and that rising up against man-made machines might prove to be the biggest challenge they will ever face.
2. The Terminator
Release Date: October 26, 1984
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
The year is 2029, and a computer called Skynet battles against a human resistance following a devastating war that nearly wiped out the rest of humanity in 1997. Skynet discovers a way to send warriors back in time. This film tells the story of The Terminator, a cyborg equipped with unparalleled intelligence and strength. The objective is to kill the mother of the human resistance’s leader, Sarah Connor, before she gives birth in 1984. The resistance sends a warrior of their own, Kyle Reese. Can The Terminator complete its mission and change the course of history?
Release Date: March 13, 1927
Director: Fritz Lang
Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich
Metropolis is a thriving city. Its people enjoy a peaceful community and a flourishing economy. But behind all the glamor lies a deeply rooted secret: the city is divided into two groups, the thinkers and the workers. One cannot survive without the other. Freder Fredersen, son of the founder of Metropolis, happens upon a woman from the working class. She tells the children that there will come a savior that will mediate the difference between the city’s two groups, one that will use both hands and head to become the heart of the city.
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Release Date: May 15, 1968
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
2001 tells the story of human evolution. In prehistorical times, men and nature were perfectly at peace until a monolith appears. Similar monoliths are subsequently discovered in multiple places, including the surface of the moon. This marks the extent to which technology has come, enabling humans to create devices that can take them to faraway places. Now, computers with sophisticated artificial intelligence battle it out against humans in an attempt to discover the source of the monolith, and find out what the next step in evolution is.
5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
Release Date: December 14, 1984
Director: Michael Radford
Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
Set in April 1984, a few years after the Atomic Wars, Winston Smith is a working adult living in the totalitarian superstate of Oceania, which is constantly under surveillance of the Thought Police. Winston is an official of the Political Party, with the task of rewriting history according to the orders of the superior Party members and the leader, Big Brother. He longs for a change, and commits thoughtcrime after having an affair with Julia, an Outer Party worker. They get caught by the Thought Police, subjecting them to rehabilitation. Winston reverts back to following orders, unable to think and feel for himself. Soon, he learns that his thoughts and feelings are not the only ones taken away from him, but his very existence as well.