Antisocial is a low budget thriller/horror film that showed some promise at the start but then failed to deliver during it's second half. While not a bad film it still felt a bit predictable, there were some good gore scenes but the acting was rather weak. Samantha (Michelle Mylett) is a struggling student that’s recently been dumped on by her boyfriend and is harbouring a personal secret. She deletes her account on social networking site called TheSocialRedRoom.com out of exhaustion and meets up with some buddies for a low key New Year’s Eve. Things however go from bad to worse, when an unexplainable plague that’s linked somehow to cyber bullying begins to take over the world around them. The friends soon barricade themselves in the house, but eventually the infection starts spreading between all of them, the symptoms cause hallucinations, paranoia, nose bleeds and then eventually they turn violent. The film possesses an appropriately chilly Canadian feel to it but the aural and visual horror elements suffer from over-familiarity. The film only briefly touches upon a Cronenbergian idea of forming more intimate connections even ultimate connections via the virus during the grisly climax, and it implies a reason why cyber-bullying victims were among the first to exhibit symptoms; but it's ultimately all in the service of a new spin on the post- 28 days later/ dawn of the dead remake infection/transmission-focused pseudo-zombie side of the genre. Although it doesn't offer anything new it was still a decent watch, and the the NIN inspired musical score wasn't bad either.
After Dan breaks up with Sam (Michelle Mylett) she deletes her Social Redbook App!!!!! On New Years Eve a virus breaks out which causes people who view the Redbook page or answer their smart phone to slowly go into a berserker mode killing everybody around.
Yes, when the apocalypse happens the only people who will survive are those without a Facebook page...which isn't the worse scenario.
Most of the filming takes place inside one building as we watch them and the computer screen. The characters fell short of being developed. They are quickly introduced by their Redbook page as if we are supposed to read all of it in a fraction of a second...I guess that's where we need to use the pause button.
Okay as a rental.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Ana Alic dancing in bra/panties
Antisocial has bigger primary cast than Pontypool, though it has many similarities, including how people seem confused after becoming infected but before going berserk. Its considerably harder to believe in because it shows much more.
However, Pontypool is the high point of horror this Millennium, so being an inferior but similar film doesn't prevent Antisocial from being good.
Its less believable than Pontypool sure, but still quite convincing. The characters unfortunately are a bit generic and nowhere near as memorable as the Pontypool cast, That aside, despite lacking depth they aren't obnoxious or otherwise detestable like the characters found in several other horror movies.
The parts with news broadcasters & the parts with other reporting the incidents through social networks and video sites are probably the parts which are most .believable and disturbing.
Intermittently amusing horror comedy about a bunch of friends who gather for a New Years Eve party and find that a virus is raging across the globe, spread by a social media web site. The basic sight of people who are facing a zombie-like apocalypse but can't stop updating their statuses even while in grave danger is pretty amusing but Antisocial doesn't really do enough with it. The movie also loses points for a late scene that over explains exactly what's happening and for a couple of scenes where the characters' behavior is either idiotic or simply doesn't make any sense. In one notable instance one of the girls in the house is exhibiting early signs of the disease so the others vote to tie her up--so they bring her down from an upstairs bedroom, wrap her in Christmas tree lights and then try to carry her back upstairs after she's tied up. And these are supposed to be college students. At another point a character who is uninfected rips boards off the windows which really sucks for the other people who are in the house. Still, the movie has a few neat ideas and is fast paced and generally fun, despite its flaws. This is worth a look but keep your expectations fairly low.
This film is just awful. It copies the plot of a lot of J-Horror films but without a good plot or creepy visuals. A social network called the Social Red Room has started to send out signals so that people browse and share more. This turns into a virus that grows into a black worm in the user's brains. If your eyes and ears haven't started to bleed you can cure yourself by drilling a hole in your head and extracting the strange bug. The whole thing feels like an episode of Black Mirror but without Charlie Brooker's wit and intelligence. The film is played seriously but has a dull and uninspired script.