Followers aka Followed – USA, 2017

‘Beware what you share…’

Followers – aka Followed – is a 2017 American found footage horror thriller film directed by Ryan Justice. It stars Amanda Delaney, Justin Maina, Sean Michael Gloria, and Nishant Gogna.

Brooke (Amanda Delaney) and Caleb (Justin Maina), a social media celebrity couple, are celebrating their special anniversary on a camping trip deep in the woods of Sunny Florida.

The pair plan on recording the entire trip for their fans, and Caleb even has a special surprise for her to make this weekend extra special. However, they are not alone.

Helpless and cut off from all communication, Brooke and Caleb are being followed by Nick and Jake, two aspiring filmmakers hell-bent on filming a documentary on how easy it is to track someone down through social media… and kill them…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

Followers isn’t as straightforward as you may think though, as there are twists and turns that will keep you guessing right until the finale. Surprising, shocking and entertaining, Followers is definitely a film to click the like button for.” Paul Downey, Bloody Flicks

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it fails completely at offering up much in the way of horror, and yet it succeeds smartly with its keen social commentary. It has a bizarre, twist ending that seems to inject a religious commentary into the mix, and the Kool-Aid that’s splashed around never really feels like blood. Yet, this is a smart little production that is worth seeing…” Jeannie Blue, Cryptic Rock

“The acting works, as does the writing and the story itself. It’s only in the finish, those last 20 minutes or so, where the acting goes downhill alongside the string of plots tangling together. If you can look past the surface enough, there’s commentary within speaking to how deeply our society is falling into the rabbit hole of technology…” C.H. Newell, Father Son Holy Gore

“The acting in this low budget feature is fine. Ryan Justice gives us some bloody, budgeted kills at the end of a knife blade that are fun. Or perhaps I just enjoyed watching the characters die. The dual build does seem repetitive but at least he tries to do something different. The payoff to the extensive build is a turn that turns the turn.” Jason Minton, Without Your Head

Cast and characters:

  • Amanda Delaney … Brooke
  • Justin Maina … Caleb
  • Sean Michael Gloria … Jake
  • Nishant Gogna … Nick
  • David E. McMahon … The Leader
  • Emily Steward … Stephanie
  • Esmeralda Chapa … Cult Girl #4
  • Bianca Taylor … Cassie

Release:

In the US, Followers was released in select theaters on March 23, 2018 via Synkronized Films.

In the UK, the film was released on DVD as Followed on 10 July 2017 by High Fliers Films with artwork that imitates the DVD cover for Eden Lake.

Trivia:

This film should not be confused with the movie Followers (2000) which is about racial hazing incidents.

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