Spree is a 2020 American comedy horror film directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko. The gonzo-style satire follows a social media obsessed ride-hail driver played by Joe Keery who, in an attempt to become viral, livestreams himself murdering passengers. The film also stars Sasheer Zamata, David Arquette, Kyle Mooney and Mischa Barton. It was executive-produced by Drake.
Spree premiered on January 24, 2020 at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival as part of the NEXT category, and was released theatrically and via video on demand in the United States on August 14, 2020, by RLJE Films. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for Keery’s performance and the premise.
A young man named Kurt Kunkle is obsessed with being a social media star and becoming viral. A child he used to babysit, Bobby, is now an internet celebrity who frequently makes livestreams and has high viewer numbers, making Kurt jealous. Kurt finds work as a driver for a rideshare app called Spree, then fits out his car with cameras and begins a new livestream titled “The Lesson”, where he instructs viewers on how to become famous on social media.
Kurt starts picking up passengers and killing them with poisoned bottles of water that he hands out in his car. Despite this, he doesn’t gain any viewers besides Bobby, who believes the killings are fake. One of the passengers Kurt accepts is Jessie Adams, a comedian with a large social media following. Kurt is awestruck by Jessie, but she is unimpressed by Kurt and his obsession with gaining followers and leaves the ride. Kurt later learns that Jessie will be performing in a comedy show that will be livestreamed to millions. Kurt goes to Bobby’s house, demanding that Bobby share Kurt’s stream, but Bobby refuses and starts livestreaming their argument, attracting a large audience. Kurt kills Bobby and takes his gun before livestreaming for Bobby’s fans, who assume the murder is fake.
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