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Five teenagers chatting, but soon there will be four…

Five teenagers are talking in an live video chat when they notice a mysterious presence has joined…

Told entirely through live footage of main protagonist Blaire’s computer screen, this works surprisingly well. You are kept interested as Blaire (Shelley Hennig) switches between chat, Facebook, and Googling ‘how to deal with demonic presences on the internet’. It’s compulsive viewing – up to a point, only starting to grate towards the end when you want to see more of what’s going on, not just what you can see through each of their web cams..

Secrets about the teenagers are gradually revealed by the presence and it’s these that makes the film interesting and drive its plot.  A once apparently tight-knit group of friends will soon find themselves at each others throats… This is eventually taken a little too far and some of the secrets revealed make you wonder how this group could ever have been friends in the first place! I would also have preferred a cleverer ending instead of the rather unsubtle the one we get.

However it is nice to see a teen horror film that doesn’t rely much on sick gore and instead focuses more on character interaction, shock reveals and group dynamics. Grab some food, beer and snacks and enjoy 7/10

Cady (Lindsay Lohan) looks on while Regina George (Rachel McAdams) makes a nasty phonecall.

One of my friends has been quoting from this film for years but I never know what she’s talking about. 2013 seemed like a good time to find out.

Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is the new student at Evanston High. One of her new friends describes her as a potential ‘Grade-A Hottie’ and she is sent undercover to infiltrate ‘The Plastics’ – the school’s most exclusive clique. The Plastics are pretty but shallow mean girls headed by queen bee Regina Geroge (Rachel McAdams). As Cady puts it “I hate Regina, but I find myself wanting to impress her” and it isn’t long before the plan is in danger of backfiring as Cady begins to turn into a ‘Plastic’ herself…

This is not aimed at my demographic at all – the most likely audience would be a teenage girl – but it’s funny anyway which more than anything else is an indicator that this is a good film. It’s a smart comedy with a sharp script and overall story-arc excepted is anything but formulaic. It’s appeal is dented slightly by the teen audience being it’s primary target and this means that what could be sharper edges are instead smoothed in places. Lohan (slightly ironically) plays wholesome very well, and McAdams does a very good job as head bitch. While both Tina Fey (also the co-writer of the film) and Tim Meadows showcase their comic talent as the girls’ teachers

A smart well-written comedy which raises mostly smiles but there are a few big laughs too. 7/10