Ratter is a 2015 American found footage drama, thriller and horror film written and directed by Branden Kramer. The film is based on a short film also written and co-directed by Kramer titled Webcam. The film stars Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry, and Rebecca Naomi Jones. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival on January 24, 2015. The film was released on February 12, 2016, in a limited release by Destination Films and Vertical Entertainment.
Emma Taylor (Ashley Benson), a graduate student moves to New York for a fresh start after her recent break up with her boyfriend Alex. After getting settled into her new apartment someone begins anonymously hacking all her electronic devices and watching her through the cameras. One day while attending College Emma meets Michael (Matt McGorry), who asks Emma out. The two begin dating. However, she becomes suspicious after the hacker begins stealing private photos of her with Michael and sending her messages and videos pretending to be Michael. She confronts Michael who denies sending the messages, but Emma doesn't believe him and starts avoiding him.
To relieve some stress, Emma and her best friend, Nicole, go clubbing. While they are out the hacker breaks into her apartment. She returns home drunk and passes out on her couch without knowing her hacker is out on her balcony. When she wakes he is gone. Michael comes over later that day to see how she is doing and to give her a cat so she isn't so lonely, the two then reconcile about before and have sex. A little while later Michael calls her and tells her someone emailed him telling him to leave Emma alone. Emma freaks out and calls the cops who do nothing. She begins feeling isolated and depressed because there is nothing anyone can do about the situation.
One day Emma comes home to find her apartment door unlocked. She walks in her home and finds her cat dead. She tries to call Michael and tell him the news however he never answers or calls back. Feeling more vulnerable than ever Emma spends the day wandering the city so she doesn't have to be home alone. She makes plans with Nicole to hang out at Emma's apartment later so she returns home.
While waiting for Nicole, Emma, and her Mom video chat. During the middle of the chat Emma's power cuts off and she begins screaming. The hacker appears and begins attacking Emma while the chat with her mom is still going. Emma's screams abruptly stop and her mom calls the cops. The hacker then turns the laptop towards him and Emma's mom begins pleading with him to leave her alone. He shuts the laptop. After the credits roll the cops show up and begin looking for Emma who along with her hacker are nowhere to be found.Ashley Benson as Emma Taylor
Matt McGorry as Michael
Rebecca Naomi Jones as Nicole
Kalli Vernoff as Emma's Mom
Michael William Freeman as Alex
Alex Cranmer as Professor
John Anderson as Kent
Karl Glusman as Brent
Jeremy Fiorentino as Officer Rodriguez
The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival on January 24, 2015, The film went on to premiere at the Capital City Film Festival on April 11, 2015. The Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14, 2015, and the BFI London film festival in October 2015. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions had acquired all global distribution rights to the film. The film was released on February 12, 2016, in a limited release.
The film was released on March 1, 2016, through video on demand and home media formats. The film was released direct-to-video in Germany on March 17, 2016, and in Spain on May 11, 2016.