In the movie Friend Request, popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina’s (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone’s shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura’s profile. Even though it wasn’t Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it’s too late.
This ultra-low budget movie, filmed in Germany in the year 2014 and financed by Germans, is somehow getting a wide theatrical release in the United States, (three years after its completion and over a year after its UK release, where it bombed spectacularly), from the nearly non-existent “movie studio,” Entertainment Studios, manned by 3 people, with no publicity or marketing departments.
If the film earns more than $150 per theater during its first three days in theaters, it will be a miracle akin to finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Why any theater chain of significance would even book this film is the biggest question, as any film booker with half a brain knows that this movie, with not even an F-list cast, rather a cast of complete unknowns, will make nothing.