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SXSW (At Home): 'Selfie' (2020 Short) Review

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SXSW (At Home): ‘Selfie’ (2020 Short) Review

Leaving social media is a lot harder than it seems.

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Social media is one of the most important innovations to be birthed from the Internet. Through various forms of interactive social networks, thousands of people check the headlines, see the latest sports scores, and find out who deserves admiration and scorn. It also gave society one of the simultaneously best and worst ideas ever: the selfie.

Director John Poliquin has taken one of the most meaningless yet inescapable parts of life and turned it into a good short horror film. Selfie seems pretty cut and dry – and in many ways it is. The movie is about a girl named Sarah. After perfecting the art of selfies and earning plenty of likes, she has decided to close her social media accounts. As many have found out, leaving social media is a lot harder than it seems.

Selfie is very relatable. Sarah has a group on her iPhone called “Social Media” and painstakingly works with filters to create the perfect selfie. The audience is immediately thrown into a situation they are comfortable with. We all have social media and everyone has some experience with using filters. This sense of understanding makes the upcoming scares that much more effective. 

SXSW (At Home): 'Selfie' (2020 Short) Review

The short is filled with scares. It starts ominously and continues to up the ante with the scares. All the best horror movie tropes are there. Selfie has great jump scares and a loud and heart pounding soundtrack. The ending is gross in all the right ways and it has some appropriately disgusting sound effects. It even has a shower scene.

There are plenty of movies that deal with the terror that comes with our ever improving technology. Selfie is a very fun short horror movie. It is very realistic and does a good job of injecting humor. The terror in is well done and will be an enjoyable watch for all who see it.

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