CAM is easily the most disturbing horror of 2018, not just because of its effective technical mounting and the barnstorming lead performance from Madeline Brewer, but because it feels so relevant to the here and now. Much like INGRID GOES WEST, our obsession with, and utter reliance on technology becomes terrifying, and that’s even before any supernatural elements are mixed in. Cam girls working in adult chatrooms, adopting personas and doing what ever it takes to please their viewers comes across as draining for them and tragic for the guys who feel that alone constitutes a relationship. But what if your online self took on a life of its own and locked you out? I’m a sucker for films about fractured identities (THE NEON DEMON and THE DOUBLE are recent favourites) and this is a fine, queasy addition to the psycho-horror sub-genre that surely won’t be to everyone’s taste. SSP
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