App (film)

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Directed by Bobby Boermans
Written by Robert Arthur Jansen
Starring Hannah Hoekstra, Isis Cabolet, Robert de Hoog
Music by Herman Witkam
Cinematography Ezra Reverda
Edited by Brian Ent
Release date
  • April 4, 2013 (2013-04-04) (Netherlands)
Running time
75 minutes
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch

APP (also known as Android) is a 2013 Dutch film that was directed by Bobby Boermans.[1] The film was released to theaters in the Netherlands on April 4, 2013, and stars Hannah Hoekstra as a young woman that finds herself being terrorized via a mobile app. App was given a limited theatrical release on May 9, 2014, alongside a VOD and digital release.


After Anna (Hannah Hoekstra) blacks out after binge drinking at a party, she wakes to find herself with a hangover and a mysterious app called IRIS downloaded onto her phone. At first the app seems harmless, but soon IRIS begins tampering with Anna's life in increasingly destructive ways and there seems to be nothing she can do to remove the app from her phone. As Anna tries desperately to rid herself of IRIS and discover why she's being targeted, she finds that she's in the middle of something much larger than she initially expected.


Production and second screen usage[edit]

Filming for APP began in December 2012 and was shot with the intent to utilize second screen technology to show a parallel storyline via viewers' mobile devices while they were viewing the film.[2] After the film was released to theaters, viewers with Android or iPhone devices could text “IRIS” to 97-000, upon which they would be sent the app.[3][4] Viewers could also download the app from the Google and Apple stores. While viewing the film the app would expand on the movie's story line, giving more information about the events and characters as well as showing elements such as different camera angles for specific scenes and newspaper articles.[5][6] questioned the need for the app, as 2CFilm stated that it was not necessary to understand the movie and wondered if it was more of a gimmick than something that would truly add to the viewing experience.[7]


Critical reception for APP has been mostly positive.[8] Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central both praised the film overall and cited that the use of the second screen to enhance the film was an interesting touch.[9][10] IndieWire gave a mostly favorable review, stating that they enjoyed the app but that the movie itself "fizzles in its closing moments, in which a rushed explanation and clichéd rooftop showdown bring the conflict to a tidy finale".[11] In contrast, Shock Till You Drop gave the movie a score of 5 out of 10 and commented that "While it was a decent attempt, App ends up being another mediocre techno-thriller that bogs itself down with an outlandish premise and an extreme amount of nonsense dialogue."[12]


  1. ^ "Speciale vertoning voor leden: App van Bobby Boermans op maandag 22 april in Pathé Tuschinski". NBF. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Barton, Steve. "A New Dutch APP Brings Terror to Your Smartphone Like Never Before". Dread Central. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive 'APP' Clip Plays Elevator Games". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Turek, Ryan. "App to Arrive in Theaters With Second Screen Experience". STYD. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Srb, Sebastian. "Mut zum Wegschauen". Weser Kurier. Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nederlandse horrorfilm App naar Amerikaanse bios". BNDeStem. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Pearson, Ben. "New Horror Film 'App' Encourages Cell Phone Interaction in Theaters". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Cooper, Patrick. "Dutch Thriller 'App' Is A Fun, Interactive Experience". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Hallam, Scott. "App (review)". Dread Central. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Kohn, Eric. "Review: 'APP' Is the First Movie Designed For You to Use Your Phone While You Watch, And It's Not Bad". IndieWire. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Larson, Ryan. "Review: App Delivers Mediocre Contemporary Techno-Fears". STYD. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

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