The sequel, “Unfriended: Dark Web” steered away from the paranormal aspect to focus on the rising interest in the Dark Web, a horror fad based on a darker side of the Internet where the most unsavory things happen. Still, it stayed in line with filming entirely through modern apps and tech, keeping the same vibe as the film that came before it. “Searching” also succeeded in replicating this style and making it work for the story, so it’s not surprising the fans are pointing out the comparisons.
Some of the comments on the “Missing” trailer have directly called back to “Unfriended.” YouTube user Semaj said, “I loved Searching and these type of movies that are made with webcams and something scary happens like Unfriended and Searching,” while user MarvelFan1995 said, “It’s like Unfriended, only different.” A few other comments also mentioned how similar the vibes between “Unfriended” and “Missing” are, while a couple said they hoped this film would do better than the 2014 Skype-based film. User cameronjr8 even said, “Still gonna be great unlike the obnoxious teens from Unfriended.”
While the story “Missing” is trying to tell is completely different from both “Unfriended” films, the same methods of filming make them feel like horror for a modern era.