“#Horror” Explores The Terror Of Cyberbulling
Actress and designer Tara Subkoff has gotten her girl gang together to make a movie about cyberbullying. “#Horror” (which, yes, is pronounced “Hashtag Horror”) tells the story of five girls – played by unknown 12-year-old actors – at an overnight party that goes horribly awry. The IMDB description reads:
“Inspired by actual events, a group of 12 year old girls face a night of horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity.”
Subkoff debuted “#Horror” at Cannes earlier this year, although it wasn’t in the festival competition, and garnered quite a bit of buzz for the film. She explained to ELLE what inspired her to use cyberbullying as a premise for a horror movie. She said that a daughter of a friend had been cyberbullied, and went on:
“This girl was cyberbullied very badly. So she decided to go away to boarding school in another country—all the way in England. And the cyber bullying followed her there. Now, I was bullied badly as a kid, but I could always change schools. I could always go home. Now you can’t…when bullying follows you home, and there’s no escape and no end, to me, that’s horror. And to so many girls, that’s just life.”
Put that way, it makes a lot of sense to use cyberbullying as the subject. Cyberbullies are the new Jason Voorhees – anonymous, cruel, and they can’t be killed or escaped.
The movie looks very fashionably shot, with sets decorated with donated works from artists like Rob Pruitt and Dan Colen. In addition to the five girls, Chloe Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, and Taryn Manning will also be in the film, bringing Subkoff’s career full-circle – she acted in “American Pie” alongside Lyonne and in “The Last Days of Disco” with Sevigny in the late ’90s.
“#Horror” will be debuting on IFC on November 20.
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