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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Too many clichés in violent found-footage horror movie.

Movie R 2020 96 minutes
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Yet another tired example of the found-footage horror subgenre, this haunted hotel story mainly consists of junky, twitchy video footage and annoying characters who make poor decisions. Followed seems to be trying to say something about YouTube culture, exploitation, and advertising, but it adds up to not much more than an acknowledgment that these things exist. There's no other commentary or satire. The underlying story about ghost hunters blithely entering a haunted house while flippantly claiming that they don't believe in ghosts is one of the oldest clichés around, and the movie does little to dust it off and make it feel fresh.

The DropTheMike character is so enthusiastic -- he's a showman who's "on" all the time -- that he ends up feeling somewhat fake. And because he's so dialed up, when scary things start happening, they're not in the least surprising. Some of the secondary characters at least offer an interesting juxtaposition to him, but did they really expect poor editor Nic to work around the clock, cutting together the reams of footage? Putting the final nail in the coffin for Followed is the shaky video, which, following one of this genre's most obnoxious clichés, fizzles and twitches anytime anything scary is supposed to be happening. Unsubscribe to this one.

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