The Den

2014

The Den

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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

Cast

Melanie Papalia
as Elizabeth Benton
Matt Riedy
as Sgt. Tisdale
Anthony Jennings
as Officer Dawson
Anushka Rani
as Young Indian Girl
Lily Holleman
as Evil Girl
Jeff Rubino
as Suburban Dad
Jonah Landow
as Suburban Son
Briant Morvant
as Man On Bike
Brian Morvant
as Man On Bike
Alexander Rydell
as Man in Bunny Costume
Karl L. Sanders
as Isaac Adebayo
Johnathan Vu
as Hip Hop Guy
Vivian Kerr
as Deb0098
Kirk Bovill
as Dale Gun Guy
Ron Bottitta
as Brianne's Father
Suzan Crowley
as Brianne's Mother
Matt Lasky
as Evil Officer
PJ McCabe
as College Kid
John Kyle Grady
as Bald Academic
Ken Roberts (II)
as Officer #1
Cassie Jordan
as Mistress Veronika
Kimberly Ables Jindra
as Wild-Eyed Woman
Zack Kennedy
as Puppet Wrangler
Richard Vernon
as Wall Street Guy
Brad Kranich
as Bikini Man
Vic Pirnik
as Burlap Man
Kyle Williams
as Burlap Man 2
Sabina Shah
as Website Victim
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Critic Reviews for The Den

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (5)

  • Zach Donohue's debut feature ingeniously uses only computer images to tell its tale.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • False leads superfluously string the protagonist along; it feels as though the writers have padded the script rather than showed off their cleverness.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 14, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Scenes pulse with the Internet's speed and sprawl, aided by clever editing that pops.

    Mar 13, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It manages to arrive feeling just a titch outdated already, as well as managing to be a visual eyesore with its insistence on unfolding almost exclusively from computer and/or phone cams.

    Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Den

  • Apr 05, 2015
    The webcam found-footage is well done and the concept is quite disturbing considering the horrors that must be really found inside the deep web; the only problem is that the clichés are sometimes infuriating, like no one believing the main character and thinking she is crazy.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2015
    A 21st century horror that deals with plausible issues with using technology, but an unsatisfying and unscary horror makes this movie a snore fest.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2014
    Imagine Hostel with webcams and that is exactly what this movie is. Of course, I'm not saying it's a shameless ripoff, because it does have its own identity, what with the film being completely comprised of webcam footage. While this webcam usage does serve a purpose in the story, as Elizabeth is performing a study on people who use these social media sites and their behavior, and that leads her to uncovering a brutal murder. But I'm not sure if it was chosen for purely story purposes or because it was cheaper to make that way. I'd like to think it was more of the former than the latter. With that said, I think the film does a perfectly good job at showcasing the goofier side of the internet, with the cat videos and people humiliating themselves for others' amusements, to the more darker side of murder videos being very easily accessible to whomever wants to watch them. It's probably one of the better movies at this because so many films, based around the internet, only focus on the negative aspects of it. This movie makes sure that you can see that the internet is a place where you can have a lot of fun and be able to meet new people from all over the world, but it's also a place where you can find incredibly ugly and disgusting things. I liked this movie, it's certainly not even close to the best horror film of the year, Cheap Thrills takes that honor, but it is an entertaining horror film to watch for its brief running time. That sounds wrong considering the fact that the film isn't selling hope, far from it as this business where people's lives are showcased for others to see, before they're kidnapped and murdered, will continue on into the future. In many ways, the reveal that this is a business, where people pay to watch the lives of others shortly before they're murdered is an indictment on most horror fans. We're part of that endless cycle of violence, as we demand to see the suffering and death of these fictional people. Again, this applies to some horror fans, not all of us. I do enjoy myself a good, bloody and gory horror film, not gonna lie. But this commentary was good, not necessarily clever, but good enough to make you think. The acting is solid for a horror movie, but not out of this world. It's good enough that you won't notice it at all while you're watching the film. That said, this film isn't the most inventive, or clever, of horror films. But it does offer an entertaining and smart experience. It's also incredibly short, so you can't really go wrong with this movie if you're looking for a quick horror fix.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2014
    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.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer

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