FOLLOW HER (2022) Reviews of social media psychological thriller plus new trailer

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‘You want to be famous, right?’
Follow Her is a 2022 American psychological thriller about an aspiring actress who responds to a mysterious classified ad. Unfortunately, she finds herself trapped in her new boss’s twisted revenge fantasy.

Directed by Sylvia Caminer – making her feature film debut – from a screenplay written by Dani Barker who also stars.

The Classified Films-Dolger Films co-production also stars Luke Cook, Eliana Jones, Mark Moses, Lorraine Farris, Bettina Bilger, Brian Vincent, Justin L. Wilson, Sawandi Wilson, Chris Gaunt, Cristala Carter, Sibyl Santiago, Clay Vanderbeek and Anastasia Romashko.

Plot synopsis:
Jess Peters (Dani Barker) is a struggling actress and live-streamer, known to her online followers as J-Peeps. But she has finally found her hook: secretly filming creepy interactions she encounters via online job listings, and using the kinks of others to fuel her streaming success.

For her next episode, she’s been hired to write the ending of a screenplay in a remote, lavish cabin. Once there, Tom (Luke Cook), the alluring self-proclaimed screenwriter, hands her a script in which the two of them are the main characters. This client isn’t what he seems, and even though the money’s great the real payment here could cost her life…

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Reviews:
“Ultimately Barker’s remarkable portrayal of Jess forces us to confront our obsession with internet celebrities, as well as our own online presence. The fact that Follow Her succeeds at being fun, meta, and thought-provoking, while also being a low budget, female-led project, makes this an exceptional movie.” 4/5 Bloody Disgusting

“Barker’s performance in the movie is exceptional, as there are a lot of layers to Jess that we get to see pulled back […] Luke Cook is pretty damn great in this as well, and he shares an incredible amount of chemistry with Barker, and it’s just really fun to watch these two actors go back and forth once things take a dark turn in this story.” 4/5 Daily Dead

” …is it really a game or something much more dangerous? Whatever it is, you’ll be immensely entertained on the road to finding out. Dani Barker is great as the person guiding the audience while Luke Cook is brilliant as portraying the very umm “eccentric” Tom Brady.” Heaven of Horror

“Though there are quite a few bumps along the way, the film is entertaining and thrilling enough to keep viewers interested and engaged. Add in a dash of meta-humor reminiscent of Josh Ruben’s Scare Me, while highlighting the dangers of social media, and you have yourself a layered psychological horror film that’ll have you questioning your own social media presence…” Nightmarish Conjurings

“Director Sylvia Caminer does an admirable job of keeping events puzzling and fast-paced, and Barker and Cook have dynamite chemistry together. Pitching that the proceedings are supposed to have a Hitchcockian feel is a very tall order, and though Caminer and Barker don’t quite reach those heights (who does?), they do get pretty close to flirting with Brian De Palma territory…” 3.5/5 The Scariest Things

Release:
Follow Her had its world premiere at the Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal in April 2022. It will have its North American premiere at the Popcorn Frights festival on August 14th and its UK premiere at the Arrow Video FrightFest on August 28th.

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Technical details:
1 hour 35 minutes

Working title:
Classified Killer

Teaser trailer:

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