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In 2015, the found-footage horror genre received a surprising entry in the form of Unfriended. Taking place entirely on the computer screens of a group of high school students, the film made a healthy profit, resulting in the quick announcement of a sequel. We haven't heard much about Unfriended 2 since then, but now it looks like Blumhouse Productions may have actually finished the film already and even test-screened it.
A new report from Horror Freak News suggests that Unfriended 2 (which was announced shortly after the wide premiere of the original in 2015) has already been shot and screened for test audiences. The kicker? The viewers who got a chance to see the film reportedly loved it. We have received almost no updates on this movie since receiving its initial announcement back in April 2015, but this report (if true) suggests that Unfriended 2 may be far closer to being ready for a wide release than any of us had assumed.
It would not necessarily be too surprising for Blumhouse Productions to get an Unfriended sequel in the can with very few people noticing. The first Unfriended had a relative shoestring production budget of $1 million, no major outdoor locations and a cast of unknown performers. If the sequel follows the same basic roadmap, then it might not have too much difficulty flying under the radar.
Taking place in real time over the course of a single evening, the original Unfriended followed a group of high school students hanging out in a Skype-esque chat. When a stranger signs into the forum and begins making threats, they soon discover that the mysterious person following them through cyberspace may be a young student who killed herself as a result of cyberbullying one year earlier.
There's quite a bit to get excited about here when we look at the details. The first Unfriended was a commendable financial success for Blumhouse, and it performed relatively decently for a found footage-style movie, scoring a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Beyond that, Blumhouse Productions has produced a string of hits in recent months such as Get Out and Split. With other highly-anticipated sequels on the horizon like Insidious: The Last Key, the long-awaited Halloween sequel and Glass, it looks like Unfriended 2 is shaping up to possibly be another event film.
We will keep you posted with more information related to Unfriended 2 (not to mention all of Blumhouse's other highly-anticipated horror projects) as new details are made available to us. The found-footage sequel still doesn't have a release date yet, but until it gets one, make sure to check out our 2017 movie premiere guide, as well as our 2018 movie premiere guide for more up-to-date information on the upcoming films that are scheduled.