‘Friend Request’ VR Prank Turns Virtual Reality Into Actual Reality

VR and AR experiences are all the rage right now and some are pulled off better than others. But when you can blend psychical reality with the virtual world it can take on a whole new intense experience. That is what the marketing team behind the new horror film FRIEND REQUEST did to some unsuspecting participants in a new VR prank.

FRIEND REQUEST follows popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and her friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina’s (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone’s shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura’s profile. Even though it wasn’t Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying.

FRIEND REQUEST | In Theaters Friday September 22.