Horror tends to move in cycles and adopt trends, whether it’s a fad or plot that has worked elsewhere, or a major cultural development that opens more doors to narration. effort 2016 Friend request lets you know what it’s about by the title alone, but there wasn’t much freshness to be found in updating a standard formula for the social media era.
Alycia Debnam-Carey plays Laura, a popular middle schooler, who accepts a seemingly innocuous (get it?) friend request from Liesl Ahlers’ loner Marina. However, their internet association doesn’t last very long, which takes a sinister turn when the social outcast commits suicide after Laura decides to cut her off from her friend.