Netflix has never been a stranger to creating provocative films and TV series of all kinds regardless of genre. Cam is produced by Blumhouse Productions, one of the largest modern horror film production companies that has created films like The Purge, Get Out, Split, Happy Death Day and many other fan favorites. Cam becoming a new addition to their ever-growing franchise, follows the story of a young girl named Alice who hides behind the cam-girl persona of Lola.
The cam website she works on is called FreeGirlsLive or FGL. In order to motivate their cam-girls to work harder, they set up a ranking system that enables you to get more views (and as a by-product, more cash) and Alice begins gaining an obsession with ranking in the top 50. She has devoted viewers who shower her in the virtual coin tips that later convert into cash, some who she even meets in real life. But after making it into the top 50, closing in on some of the highest ranking girls, her account gets stolen by someone that looks exactly like her. Since the cam website is how Alice makes a living – and a comfortable one at that – she goes on a rampage to try and get her account back. With no help from the website’s tech support, and trying to grasp why the identity thief looks identical to her, she embarks on a chilling experience trying to take back her account, her career, and her entire identity.
Since the storyline was so unique, and certainly relevant in today’s world of identity theft online, viewers were curious about the idea behind the film. The writer is a woman named Isa Mazzei, who was formally a sex-worker and cam-girl herself. Most of the experiences and encounters Alice deals with are all things Mazzei has gone through herself.
The movie is most certainly worth the watch, often times horror films that try to convey a meaning behind them are masked by an overkill of blood, gore, and jump scares. That is something that Cam doesn’t do, much like Get Out, it keeps its focus on the message it is trying to convey. Mazzei accomplishes her goal by making Alice a heroin, someone you’re rooting for; which is a change from the normal portrayal of sex-workers. The nice thing about Cam is its categorized as a horror film, and yet it won’t keep you up late at night or checking the closet. Much like Get Out, it leaves you with a more eerie feeling, and you find yourself wondering about all of the what ifs and what nows. It’s fully recommendable to a diehard horror-film fan or a more thin-skinned moviegoer. Take it from the King of Horror himself:
Loved CAM, on Netflix. Great lead performance by Madeline Brewer.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 20, 2018