Influencer is a horror film. You realize this as a result of it’s the newest from Kurtis David More durable, whose credit embrace being a producer on V/H/S/94, and since you’ll discover it streaming on Shudder. Additionally, its opening shot reveals an isolated tropical island with a face-down physique on the seashore. So you’ve got a way of what you’re entering into. However Influencer can also be a type of films that rewards going in as unaware as possible.
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So concern not: no plot spoilers right here. After that eerie intro, we meet Madison (Emily Tennant, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Company), who’s vacationing alone at an opulent resort in Thailand. She’s placing on a bubbly present of selfies underscored with inspirational knowledge for her Instagram followers, however secretly she’s cursing her boyfriend, Ryan (Rory J. Saper), for ditching the journey last-minute. When the mysterious CW (Cassandra Naud, See) swoops in to rescue Madison from a sloshed fellow visitor on the resort bar, Madison is thrilled to fulfill a good friend round her age who’s an skilled traveler and is aware of all of the rad native spots—and never simply due to the social-media content material alternatives. Reality is, Madison has been bored and lonely, and has began to second-guess her profession path in addition to her relationship.
Simply while you assume you recognize the place Influencer goes, it pulls a switcheroo, enjoying into tropes (sure, there’s a “no cell service” second) whereas additionally setting you on edge while you understand you don’t have any concept what’s going to occur subsequent. Even the opening credit, which seem shockingly late into act one, will take you unexpectedly. Just like the film itself, lots of the performances in Influencer layer shocking depth beneath intentionally superficial first impressions. However better of all is how the film blends its very 2023 themes about social media (together with the warped sense of self that being too on-line can create—and the insidious methods know-how can be utilized to form perceptions of actuality) right into a nail-biting trip horror flick. It received’t make you wish to keep away from new experiences, however it definitely may make you consider leaving your cellphone turned off.
Influencer arrives Might 26 on Shudder.
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