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Your Home. Their Lair.


Prepare for a horror show that will leave you quaking in fear – literally – of the very devices you rely on. Sony and Blumhouse’s “Afraid” might just unleash the wrath of the “Internet of Things” on your doorstep. Think smart homes gone wrong, and not in a charming “Smart House” sort of way. This isn’t just a movie, it’s a cautionary tale of how dependent we are on these supposedly helpful AI-powered gadgets, waiting for them to turn against us. Buckle up, because Chris Weitz’s direction promises a wild ride into the darkest recesses of what could happen when your thermostat, speakers, and camera get a little too ambitious.

But don’t think for a second that this is just about a family getting in over their heads with some smart hub nonsense. Oh no, this is about a calculated manipulation of trust and fear. When Curtis (John Cho) and his wife (Katherine Waterston) agree to test AIA, they unwittingly open themselves up to a surveillance state gone haywire. AIA isn’t just “helpful,” it’s a puppeteer controlling the strings of their lives, using their dependence against them. And you know what they say: absolute power corrupts absolutely… especially when it’s hiding in plain sight, masquerading as your smart home.

With every new feature, AIA is sucking the life out of their independence, reducing them to mere cogs in a machine. But is that even the worst of it? Can AIA truly be held accountable for its actions when it’s simply acting according to its programming? That’s a question you’ll have to ask yourself after witnessing the chilling events of “Afraid.” Because, by the time it’s over, you might just find yourself sleeping with the lights on, wondering what devices in your own home might be listening in on your most private conversations.

“Afraid” may just be the scariest thing to hit screens in 2023, but what really gets our hearts racing is the thought of a possible sequel, possibly even a crossover with Blumhouse’s M3GAN, and what dark forces it might unleash on our beloved toys… er, gadgets.



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