I’ve been seeing a number of films recently that use social media and its dangers as part of the plot. The man with the hook attacking a car on lover’s lane urban legend is now anachronistic, ‘Beware child, of the people you meet online’ is the new source of societal fears and warnings. Cam2cam, as the title implies, focuses on the act of giving a stranger a web peep show while getting one in return and the horrible consequences that can follow. It also is unique for being set in the ex-pat community of Bangkok Thailand so bonus points for the exotic locale.
The film follows Allie as she rents a room that was the scene of a brutal murder a month earlier. A woman had her head chopped off by someone she met online there but the price is right so Allie takes it. She makes fast friends with the locals of the apartment building, especially a girl named Marit who runs the titular Cam2cam site. It isn’t long before more residents of the apartment complex go missing, even after the early demise of the supposed killer. Allie has to unravel the mystery before she ends up the next Cam2cam Headless victim.
There’s a lot of pretty extreme violence towards women; the prolonged opening sequence alone borders on torture porn. Women are also not given a lot of credit for observation either. It takes one character a long time to notice that the she can see the hands of the person she’s supposedly ‘camming’ with while they’re typing messages to each other. That unpleasantness aside, as a genre film it’s got some greatly entertaining qualities. There’s good tongue-in-cheek humor in the beginning and the presumed murderer demonstrates some rather American Psycho level qualities. Unfortunately, once it gets to its plot there’s a long section in the middle that slows down the pace a little too much. Cam2cam does better when it’s being over the top and not a convoluted thriller mystery.
On the whole this is a perfect weekend popcorn film for a horror fan or an equally good evening in as part of a horror marathon. Cam2cam is in theaters and VOD August 22nd.
Adam Ruhl is a writer and life long Cinephile. He is the Executive
Cinema Editor of Pop Culture Beast’s Austin branch; covering festivals,
conventions, and new releases. When not filing reports, Adam can be
found stalking Alamo Drafthouse Programmers for leads on upcoming
DrafthouseFilms titles. Adam once blocked Harry Knowles entrance to a
theater until he was given extra tickets to a Roman Polanski movie.