The Den (2014)
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After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN, on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually, Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim. (c) IFC Films … More
- R (for strong bloody violence, terror, some sexuality, graphic nudity and language)
- Mystery & Suspense , Horror
- Directed By:
- Zach Donahue , Zachary Donohue
- Written By:
- Zachary Donohue , Lauren Thompson
- In Theaters:
- Mar 14, 2014 Limited
- On DVD:
- Jul 28, 2014
as Elizabeth Benton
as Damien Clark
as Sgt. Tisdale
as Lynn Benton
as Officer Dawson
as Young Indian Girl
as Prank Boy
as Evil Girl
as Suburban Dad
as Suburban Son
as Man On Bike
as Man On Bike
as Man in Bunny Costume
as Isaac Adebayo
as Hip Hop Guy
as Dale Gun Guy
as Brianne's Father
as Brianne's Mother
as Evil Officer
as College Kid
as Bald Academic
as Silent Boy
as Officer #1
as Mistress Veronika
as Wild-Eyed Woman
as Puppet Wrangler
as Wall Street Guy
as Bikini Man
as Burlap Man
as Burlap Man 2
as Website Victim
as Officer #1
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Critic Reviews for The Den
The results are a paranoid thrill ride into twenty-first century manipulation and exploitation, a pseudo snuff film whose very making we witness, and whose impact comes from our awareness of its chilling plausibility.
taps into contemporary anxieties about both the very public nature - and anonymity - of the lives that we lead online, building towards a sadistic, cynical ending
Cowriter (with Lauren Thompson)/director Zachary Donohue puts a new spin on the 'found footage' genre with this incredibly clever and creepy film that delves into our worst online fears.
"The Den" is unsettling without being excessively gory, building legitimate dread rather than resorting to cheap scares.
Moves like a bullet and jolts the hell out of you on a regular basis. This is the kind of film that, when it's over, makes you want to sit down and calm your nerves for a while.
The Den still manages to make it feel refreshing within the glut of first-person fright flicks on the market.
Zach Donohue's debut feature ingeniously uses only computer images to tell its tale.
The Den isn't up to the level of format/genre classics like the first two [rec] films, but it's easily one of the best FF-like movies to hit screens in the last five years.
False leads superfluously string the protagonist along; it feels as though the writers have padded the script rather than showed off their cleverness.
There are almost no real shocks or scares to rattle you out of the stupor that inevitably develops from observing someone else fiddle with their laptop for much of the running time.
Scenes pulse with the Internet's speed and sprawl, aided by clever editing that pops.
The Den's commitment to its presentational conceit leads to a number of implausible scenarios, but what's more disheartening is the gore-fest it turns into once the curtain is thrown back on the mystery propelling both Elizabeth and the narrative.
The film is dizzyingly creepy in its refracting of horrors through the cascading windows of computer programs we've come to understand more intimately than our own selves.
The Den has some pretty compelling things to say about the alleged safety of the internet. Also it's creepy.
Audience Reviews for The Den
The Den is a ferociously brain-twisting and intricately written thrill ride. Who knew webcam found-footage horror could be so good?More
After all, the found-footage genre is far from dead. Sometimes, little movies like The Den show up to prove that there's still some originality in the concept. I actually think this is not the first time that a movie was solely made with internet videos, conferences, etc, VHS had a segment that was like this but The Den is actually a really smart take on the scary side of the internet. Unfortunently, despite being really well made and fairly well acted, there are no surprises to be had. The movie follows a terribly predictable structure from any given structure, which is a terrible shame because of the concept the movie is into. There was a missed opportunity here, but given the humble origins it has, this quite the solid effort.More
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