Becca (Eleanor James) thinks she has cracked social networking as such:
She has become one of the most popular members on one of the raunchier
social networking sites and uses her popularity to run a sextoys business
together with her friend and flatmate Ruby (Emily Eaves), basically
offering Tupperware-type sextoy parties for women only. Of course,
occasionally, men confuse her for a prostitute and try to lure her in
traps, but she can handle herself.
Basically, Becca has only one soft
spot, her ex John (Michael Gamarano), whom she has ditched weeks ago ...
but she can't get over the fact that they're not together anymore and
after having pushed him away, she does everything to win him back
(including sex), and she is devastated when she finds out that he had sex
with Ruby shortly after they separated - but even now is not able to let
But all of this issues pale compared to her newest online
friend, "backslash", who starts to kill people from her social
networking profile, starting with a girl she eventually chats with and a
model doing sex toy-shows for her, but eventually getting ever closer to
Becca personally, culminating in the brutal murder of John before her very
eyes. Curiously, the police seem to believe that Becca herself is the
killer, and if it wasn't for her cop father (Adam Templar), Becca would be
thrown into jail - and that would have been good news, actually, because
once she's out, Becca has to realize how close the killer has already
gotten to her ... and when he attacks her and Ruby in their own apartment,
everything suddenly becomes a game of life and death ...
slasher movies go, Backslasher is a pretty tight flick: There's
pretty clever build-up of tension and suspense, the characters are all
pretty well fleshed-out and pretty interesting, the social
networking-undercurrents are woven into the plot rather intelligently but
there is also plenty of sex and violence to keep genre fans glued to the
screen, and the whole thing is well enough acted and subtly enough
directed to pass as one of the finer examples of the genre ... and yet,
the film is not a total hit: Basically, the film's narrative buildup at
some point fails to make sense, and the actual ending seems to be a bit
too random to really convince or have the emotional impact a movie like
this would have deserved.
Now don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty
exciting piece of genre cinema ... but unfortunately, it's a film that
never seems to reach its full potential.