After a summer hiatus of nearly a month(!), we are back in the swing of things. Appropriately, we mark our return to the blog collab with bad, low-budget horror.
Selfie from Hell
Julia is a Youtube star, Instagram influencer, and all-around social media sensation. That is, until she takes a selfie…FROM HELL.
Ready to get away from it all and spend some time bonding with her cousin Hannah, social media pro Julia is ready to chill. After Hannah picks her up from the airport, Julia becomes mysteriously panicked at the mention of her boyfriend, and even more freaked out at the suggestion of taking a selfie. What gives? Has her selfie-ing awakened a demonic presence that is now stalking her? Seems like the logical conclusion, eh?
Before Julia has even had the chance to enjoy a nice cuppa at Hannah’s house, she senses something is wrong and begins to selfie. In selfie mode, she manages to get a glimpse of a dark shadowy figure behind her…creeeeeeeeeepy!
Julia’s fun is cut short when she collapses suddenly, falling ill with what seems to be a very high fever. Despite her condition, Julia appears to keep texting Hannah eerie messages and voice recordings. Putting on her sleuthing cap, Hannah digs up some articles and disturbing images that reveal Julia’s death…? In her final Youtube vid, Julia warns others not to view 13 selfies under any circumstances.
After becoming convinced someone else is in the house, Hannah brings her online hacker friend, Trevor, into the loop. With Trevor’s help, Hannah manages to lurk around on the dark web, searching for the site with 13 selfies. When she stumbles across the 13 selfies she’s absolutely not supposed to watch, guess what she immediately does. Hannah also manages to give away all of her personal information to a cyberstalker, who insists he’s the only one who can help her.
Shocker–it turns out creepy internet lurker also has very dark connections to a demonic selfie monster. Will Hannah live to selfie another day?
1.5/5 Pink Panther Heads
Even though this was an objectively terrible, nonsensical film, I just can’t be bothered to give it 1 PPH. I didn’t hate it, it was just very meh. And you know what they say about the opposite of love as indifference.
There is virtually no set up to kick off this film, so it’s very hard to care about the characters or even remember their names. We do get some super vague backstory about Hannah’s mom dying a year ago, and Julia being there in her hour of need…but so what? I was hoping there would be some kind of connection to the horror elements Hannah and Julia faced, but this film just wasn’t organized enough for that.
I found this to be a bit of a horror genre mash-up–we had the house intruder trope, demonic possession, torture porn, psychotic kidnapper. None of these were done particularly well, though there were some creepy dimly-lit house scenes and sinister selfies.