#Horror

You’ve got followers…

Premiered: November 20th, 2015 in select US theaters and on VOD
Directed by: Tara Subkoff
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
MPAA Motion Picture Rating: This film is not yet rated

Cast:

Sadie Seelert … as Sam
Bridget McGarry … as Sofia
Hayley Murphy … as Catherine “Cat”
Sadie Jensen-Black … as Sylvia
Timothy Hutton … as Dr. Michael White
Chloë Sevigny … as Alex Cox
Blue Lindeberg … as Ava
Emma Adler … as Georgie
Stella Schnabel … as Jamie
Annabelle Dexter-Jones … as Molly
Balthazar Getty … as Harry Cox
Mina Sundwall … as Francesca
Natasha Lyonne … as Emma
Taryn Manning … as Gloria
Ted Christensen … as Ted
Lydia Hearst … as Lisa

Status: Out on VOD.

Overview
Memorable Alex Quotations
Said of #Horror
#Horror Trivia
Critical Reception
#Horror Online


Spoiler Warning: Please be advised that this page is meant to be a comprehensive overview of a movie and is likely to contain critical spoilers as to the various story-wise outcomes. If you’d like to remain spoiler-free as to what happens in the movie in question, we suggest you not read any further.

Content Warning: Please note that Chloë Sevigny has appeared in many R-rated movies which contain material unsuitable for young or sensitive audiences due to their mature, violent, frightening or otherwise graphic footage or content. If you are sensitive to this kind of content, some material presented on our site, such as screen caps and video clips from the movie itself, may not be suitable for you.


More photos in our #Horror gallery


Overview

From HashtagHorrorTheMovie.com:

You’ve got followers… Cyberbullying goes offline during one deadly night. Inspired by a shocking true story, #Horror follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real.

Tara Subkoff explores the rarefied world of the East Coast privileged through the eyes of a group of 12 year old girls left alone and pursued by a killer. The film examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.

Chloë Sevigny portrays Alex Cox, the self-absorbed and extremely privileged mother of Sofia, the young host of a sleepover party at the Coxes secluded, exclusive house.


Memorable Alex Quotations

[Harry is on the phone with Alex.]
Alex: “Where are you, Harry?… You’re thinking of a lie?”
Harry: “I know. Sorry. Look, I have to leave tonight, but I’ll be back on Monday. Okay? You know that new artist I’ve been watching? Well, he’s about to blow up and I don’t want to miss it. I’m driving to the airport now. I don’t have a tail number yet, but I’ll call you as soon as I land.”
Alex: “This is bullshit, Harry. It’s our anniversary, for Christ’s sake. Are you with that 20-year-old art advisor? And what’s she advising you on, really?”
Harry: “Come on, babe, please.”
Alex: “Look, I may not be perfect, but I’m as perfect as you’re gonna get.”
[Alex hangs up.]

Alex: “Hello, boys.”
Ted: “Alex, I think we gotta wrap it up. We gotta finish on Monday.”
Alex: “Oh, no, that’s impossible. I’m having people tomorrow. I mean, it’s a mess in here… It’s crazy making! It’s chaos, absolute chaos, Ted.”
Ted: “Uh, Alex, we’ve been here since 6 a.m.”
Alex: “Can’t you just stay a little later? Come on. You’ve stayed late for me before, haven’t you?”
Ted: “Alex, I’ll see you on Monday.”
Alex: “Mmm, what day is today?”
Ted: “It’s Friday.”
[Alex laughs.]
Alex: “Monday is too far away, Ted.”
Ted: “Well, see you then.”
Alex: “See you then.”

[Alex and Jamie are walking around the house.]
Jamie: “So where’s the front door?”
Alex: “He’s fucking nuts. Don’t know where anyone is on this property. So we each have our own wing of the house. Great family, huh? Relationship is defined as shared time and space. So now we share no time and no space. Nothing like setting us up to fail, Harry.”

[Alex and Jamie are walking around inside the house.]
Alex: “Tired of this bullshit. Big boys and their big toys. It’s not fucking art. It’s competition and ego. Way too much money. Might as well be stocks. The new stocks. He used to be a passionate collector. Now he’s a currency trader.”
Jamie: “Is that a Dan Colen?”
Alex: “Molly? Can you get my phone? Actually, my two phones. I think they’re in the kitchen.”
Jamie: “Wow.”
Alex: “You like?”
Jamie: “I can’t believe you have that.”
Molly: “It doesn’t seem to be there, Mrs. Cox. Uh, maybe you left them upstairs.”
Alex: “Oh, Christ. Molly, please, just call me Alex. Mrs. Cox sounds so stuffy.”
Molly: “I’m so sorry, Alex, it’s my manners, my mother’s English. Honestly, you look younger than my little sister.”
Alex: “Oh, that’s very sweet. Uh, well, maybe they’re in the other room?”
[Molly runs off to check.]
Alex [to Jamie]: “Nothing’s finished around here and the decorator promised to be done last week.”
Jamie: That is so frustrating.”
Alex: “Really winds me up when people promise to deliver and then fail. Why false advertise?… Molly, have you found my phones yet?”
Molly: “I can’t seem to find them anywhere, Mrs. Cox– Alex. Um, maybe you left them somewhere. Maybe they’re in the car.”
Alex: “Well, are you saying it’s my fault?”
Molly:” No. No, no, Mrs. Cox.”
Alex: “Honestly, have you really looked everywhere?”
Molly: “Yes. Honestly. But I can look again.”
Alex: “Good idea.”
[Molly runs off again.]
Jamie: “Is she retarded?”
Alex: “I think she stole my Victorian cuff.”
Jamie: “What?”
Alex: “She did. And I’ve never really trusted her. Does she look like a thief to you? Maybe just a little dishonest around the eyes? Can you see it?”
Jamie: “I think you’re acting really crazy.”
Alex: “Well, I guess I’m just gonna have to brave the cold and go out to the car and search myself.”
[Alex gets up, only to find her phones in her coat pocket.]
Alex: “Oh.”
[Alex and Jamie burst out laughing.]

Jamie: “Did Harry tell you anything about the rumors? The old legend of this place?”
Alex: “No. Why, was it a brothel or something?”

Alex [on the phone]: “I don’t know, Tats. His last collection was just so sexless. I’m gonna go to Paris anyways.”

Alex: “I miss dressing up, old days of all the excitement of getting ready. Just remember, girls. Getting ready? It’s the best part. It’s more fun that any party you’ll ever gonna go to. Enjoy yourselves now while you’re young. Doesn’t last long.”

Dr. White: “Jesus fucking Christ, Alex! Jesus Chr… How did you leave the– the kids unsupervised like that? After what happened last year? Come on, really? What– what are you doing??”
Alex: “Calm down. Just take it easy, Michael, relax. Breathe, okay? They’re just 12-year-old girls having some silly melodrama. I’m sure they’ll get over it in a minute.”
Dr. White: “You’re fucking– your daughter and her fucked up friends have kicked Catherine out of the house. That’s what’s going on now, okay?”
Alex: “Look–“
Dr. White: “Now I can’t find her anywhere! She’s not at my house, she’s not at yours and I’m concerned!”
Alex: “Schhhhh! Calm down. I’m sure Cat is just fine. Listen to me. I’m taking care of myself right now. It’s just for an hour and a half. The girls are 12, they’re almost teenagers. They’re fine home alone for an hour. They’re not wild animals.”
Dr. White: “And you’re correct, they’re not animals. They’re fucking beasts, okay? And they have, you know, humiliated and bullied Catherine to such a severe degree that I’m gonna press charges against you.”
Alex: “You have to let this go, Michael. Remember the light? Absolute certainty.”
Dr. White: “Jesus Christ…”
Alex: “You can make anything happen. Just be positive. Manifest this.”
Dr. White: “Your spiritual bullshit is not gonna work now, Alex!”
Alex: “I think that you should come to the meeting with me. Surrender, give yourself over to the light…”
Dr. White: “This is fucking insane! You– you are much more of a fucking nightmare than you’ve ever been. You’ve just turned out to be a fucking complete useless… fucking human being! And if I were you, I would just kill myself.”
Alex: “You’re a fucking control freak. You can’t handle anything real that happens. Listen, Michael, I’m gonna go back inside there and take care of myself. When it’s over, I will go home and I will try my best to help you find your fucked up daughter!”
[Dr. White grabs Alex’s face.]
Dr. White: “Don’t you fucking talk about her that way.”
Alex: “Did you ever stop to think that maybe she’s so fucked up because you are?”
Dr. White: “If you– if you ever fucking talk again to me like that I will fucking kill you.”
Alex:” Mmm. Imma try and have compassion for you, okay? For your confusion. ‘Cause your daughter’s missing, your wife is dead, and you’re taking it out on me. You’re a sick, twisted fuck!”
[Alex walks away from Dr. White.]

[Sofia has found Harry dead in his car and is trying to call Alex with Harry’s phone.]
Alex: “Great.”
Gloria: “What is it now?”
Alex: “It’s Harry.”
Gloria: “Answer it.”
Alex: “No.”
Gloria: “Alex, answer it! Take control, okay? It’s your life, it’s not his life. Pick it up!”
Alex: “Okay.”
[Alex answers the phone, but yells into it before Sofia has the chance to speak.]
Alex: “Listen, Harry, I don’t care that you’re fucking your art advisor, I do care that you’re calling me right after. I don’t wanna hear from you ever again, do you understand me?! I’m through with you! Goodbye!”
[Alex hangs up.]
Sofia [sobbing into the phone on the other end]: “Mom?… Hello?!”
Gloria: “Amazing. I mean, don’t you feel strong?”
[Alex smiles and laughs.]
Gloria: “Turn it off now. Let’s go.”
[Alex turns off her phone.]
Alex: “Amen.”

[Alex is driving in the blizzard.]
Alex: “Oh, God. Grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”


Said of #Horror

Select quotations regarding the film from Chloë Sevigny and her co-workers:

On her character Alex Cox:
“I think my character is very self-absorbed, but also, she’s going through her own… She has her own storyline. She’s, of course, connected to her daughter and disconnected from her. She’s selfish and very flawed. Her life is unravelling and she’s trying to hold it together and she’s struggling with her own addictions and demons. Unfortunately she’s maybe not present enough in her child’s life. Or, I feel like Tara is maybe trying to show some balance and maybe adults will see the film and be able to take something away from that as like a mirror.”
Uproxx interview, November 2015

On why she took on the role:
“Tara has been a friend for almost 20 years now and we have worked on projects from Imitation of Christ to other short films. I’ve always believed in her as an artist because she’s always wanted to say something more or something bigger; she always has a new perspective or point of view. I would jump at the chance to work with any of my friends, but I have to believe in them and their script. Even in the early fashion days, Tara always did something more to challenge people, and I knew she’d do that as a filmmaker.”
i-D interview, November 2015

Describing her character:
“Whenever you play a character as despicable as she is, you have to find something in them that you love. I feel like I was sympathetic towards her, towards her aging, towards her husband having an affair. There are different things that you can grasp on to make it a reality to see why she’s so selfish. She’s struggling with alcohol abuse and she’s just wrapped up in her own world and trying to kind of fix herself, and not necessarily doing a good job of a mother because she’s so self-obsessed. Alex justifies the lack of presence of parents in the household and how parents can be more involved in their children. The absentee parent seems to be an epidemic.”
Monsters & Critics interview, November 2015


#Horror Trivia

• The name of the film is pronounced “Hashtag Horror”.

• The film is loosely based on Tara Subkoff’s own experiences being bullied as a child.

• Chloë Sevigny and Tara Subkoff are longtime friends and have collaborated in the past on among other things Tara Subkoff’s fashion label Imitation of Christ and the short film Magic Hour.

According to Chloë Sevigny, none of the actresses portraying the young girls in the film “had done any professional acting before” #Horror.

• According to both Chloë Sevigny and director Subkoff, Timothy Hutton improvised a lot of the intensity of his anger in both his scene with Chloë’s Alex and the girls at the Coxes house. According to Subkoff, “I think Tim [Hutton] is a great actor as we all know, but Tim really wanted to surprise the girls and not tell them what he was going to do, so we kind of didn’t even rehearse it, we just went for it and a lot of what I used was that first take. I mean I wrote the scene but he brought so much to it and intensity to it that it really shook them up naturally. It was very believable. He went full tilt boogie with it.”


Critical Reception

Reviews on #Horror have been mixed but generally more negative than positive. Although the film has been commended for its stunning art visuals (as well as the supporting performances of Timothy Hutton and Chloë Sevigny), many critics have generally found the film unfinished, lacking in energy and even bewildering as it seems to leave a lot of plot points either unexplained or incidental. The jarring graphics of the online game were also a common point of exasperation.

Rating: Internet Movie Database: 3.9/10 with c. 350 user votes counted
Rating: MetaCritic: 42/100 metascore, “Mixed or average reviews”
Rating: Rotten Tomatoes: 50% positive reviews (“Rotten”)

Extracts from professional movie reviews:

“Sevigny and Hutton (and Lyonne in her single scene) manage to make more of their roles than what was presumably on the page. Sevigny brings the archness that has been refined by her recent TV work for Ryan Murphy, as she stomps around the mansion in high fashions in the middle of the day. She also infuses the role as a discarded trophy wife with an unexpected confused sadness. Hutton seems to delight in chewing scenery as an overbearing father trying to keep his troubled daughter in line not so much for her own well-being but rather for the sake of appearances in his upscale world. The teenage performers are left a bit more at loose ends (Sadie Seelert as the one girl from the downscale side of town is the standout), at times looking awkwardly lost as if they are awaiting instructions. […] The film does not exactly announce Subkoff as a must-watch new talent, but it shows her as someone willing to explore new territory. The struggle to stay relevant and needed, particularly in the face of technological changes that are quickening the pace of generational turnover, is a fear many do not need a horror film to understand.”
– Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

“First-time director Subkoff shoots even the mundane sniping in horror mode, and makes the hallucinations pay vivid dividends: The girls dance together in grotesque translucent masks; a huge painting of a hard-boiled egg looms, its yolk pulsing ominously. When the girls inevitably start getting picked off one by one, the panic hits like a clawhammer. Not every gamble works: The girls’ intrusive Bejeweled-like social-media game annoys at every turn, and the plot itself is murky. But #Horror mesmerizes nonetheless, filled with tension, cruelty, and can’t-look-away style.”
– Rob Staeger, Village Voice

“When the girls post photos, the ‘likes’ ratchet up, almost like fruit on a slot machine. An unseen killer stalks them with an app that suggests which of the girls is to be murdered first, the ‘likes’ subsequently going through the roof. A variety of effectively canted images bring to mind the work of smartphones that are blessed with elaborate tracking and dollying capabilities. But this showmanship eventually wears thin. The formal gloss is ambitiously mounted in the service of sustaining a tonal monotony. […] The young cast isn’t gifted enough to command the audience’s interest in these unwavering eviscerations. Compensating in this department somewhat is a fashionably esoteric gallery of comparatively older, former ‘it’ stars, such as Chloë Sevigny, Balthazar Getty, Natasha Lyonne, and Timothy Hutton, who tear into their material with committed lunacy—particularly Hutton, who appears to relish a break from decent-guy roles. #Horror boasts a sense of hallucinatory grandeur that shouldn’t be taken entirely for granted, likening social media to a communicable disease, though the lack of emotional counterpoint grows nearly as shrill as the target of the film’s ire.”
– Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

Awards & Nominations

#Horror has received no awards or award nominations.

Chloë Sevigny Online

Please note that the opinions expressed below are all 100% our own, not those of Chloë Sevigny or anyone affiliated with either her or the rest of the cast or crew.

#Horror starts out well enough. It’s extremely visual from the onset and the first kill happens almost immediately, instantly grabbing your interest. Unfortunately, however, this interest soon rapidly dwindles when the movie settles on the film’s pivotal teen characters and their party at the wealthy Coxes. While the Cox house itself is fascinating with its innumerable and varying pieces of modern art, adding to Subkoff’s deliberately hyperaesthetic and stylizing direction, the kids themselves are of almost zero interest, one proving only more dislikeable than the other. When they then finally(!) start to get picked off in the final 40 minutes of the film, it’s more relieving than frightening, and any potential message about bullying or the power of social media is completely overpowered by the viewer’s complete sense of satisfaction at the world being rid of these unpleasant and overprivileged brats.

What keeps #Horror going, however, is the supporting characters, not the least those of Chloë Sevigny’s and Timothy Hutton. Their one scene together where Chloë and Hutton viciously argue about the daughter of Hutton’s Dr. White having been thrown out of the party is particularly delicious as Hutton shouts, spouts, sweats and flails in every direction while Chloë looks on with a mix of amusement and callous sarcasm. It’s as if Hutton and Chloë were competing with one another as to who could portray the insaner person, and it’s arguably the film’s best scene.

In the end, however, that most (if not all) of the characters in #Horror are fundamentally disagreeable isn’t even really the film’s biggest problem. Rather it’s that it leaves so many questions unacknowledged. What was the game really about? Why were Harry and Lisa killed? Was there more than one killer, or was the killer always one and the same? Did Jamie’s story about the ghost that haunts the Coxes’ new house bear any significance in the final progression of events? And why is the film so clean, nearly entirely without gore? There are still more I can’t ask without giving away key plot twists. That the film leaves so many questions unanswered — indeed, gapingly open — in this way makes the film seem very cobbled togeher and not quite thought through. Despite some of the enjoyable dialogue, this patchwork-type structure of the film ultimately drowns both the film and whatever’s left of the overall message, leaving it, sadly, without a lot of rewatch value. (See it for Chloë and Tim, though. Seriously.) -Admin

Our rating of the movie: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Our rating of Chloë’s performance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


#Horror Online

Below are some #Horror-related links that may be of interest to you.

#Horror official site
#Horror on IMDb.com
#Horror on MetaCritic.com
#Horror on RottenTomatoes.com
#Horror on Wikipedia.org