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That being said though, the movie itself is a mess. Most of the actors are good, but the script is a jumbled mess. The dialogue is so overly-dramatic and jarring. It sounds to me like the writers spent a lot of time researching the inner-working of internet communities and personalities in a textbook, but never actually bothered to go online.
I enjoyed the reveal towards the end and thought it made for a very good ending, but the actual last couple of minutes were a little disappointing and predictable.
I think the filmmakers have some great ideas, but could really use some more time at the drawing board, trying to figure out the execution.
I give it three stars for the effort, because I am very impressed with the idea behind it, but I'm willing to admit that it's a generous rating, considering how the whole thing actually panned out.
Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) is a meek college student, out on her own for the first time, sharing a house with another girl named Proxy. Ashley dresses in clothes that make June Cleaver look like Nikki Minaj (and yes I did just make a Leave it to Beaver reference) but soon wild friend Proxy has her drinking and smoking pot. While at a party Ashley hears the myth about Smiley but doesn’t believe it. The following day, Ashley and Proxy are chatting with a guy and try out the Smiley myth. They are shocked when the killer appears behind the man, killing him. They are terrified but don’t report the incident to the police.
Ashely soon finds herself stalked by the killer and having nightmares. She seeks help from one of her professors as well as a nerdy tech geek named Binder but it doesn’t help. Ashley begins to descend into delusional paranoia and even a detective (Keith David) dismisses her claims thinking she’s nuts or on drugs.
Smiley has the twist ending that seems prerequisite in horror films these days but the problem is that Director Michael Gallagher tips his hand. It’s simply too easy to deduce that the other students are involved in Ashley’s torment. Why is a killer who is summoned by typing a phrase three times all of a sudden stalking Ashley on the streets? Most of the actors overplay their roles which also serve to tip you off.Read more ›
Smiley is a film without integrity. In the very first scene, Smiley shamelessly smashes its viewing audience in the face with multiple close-ups of some piece of eye-candy's voluptuous rear end as she walks around in a pair of tight shorts. "All right! Nice!" I can hear some of you readers saying to yourselves. "Sounds like MY kind of movie!" If only it were so. As bad as Smiley is, I actually would have respected it more if it had devolved into a softcore flick instead of pretending to be a serious horror effort, but unsurprisingly, the hottie at the beginning is just a cheap gimmick to get you to keep watching the movie. Nothing else overtly sexual appears or happens during the next hour and a half. Which, I might add, is fine... but then why include the girl at the beginning?
Even more insulting than Smiley's cheap, sensual hook at the start is its total reliance on jump-scares to frighten viewers. There are three of these in the first five minutes of the movie alone, and there are so many littered throughout the rest of the film I lost count less than halfway through it. Every one of these is also accompanied by a startling noise- either a "SHREENK!" from the piano or a "BWOM!" from the bass- to make it extra scary.Read more ›
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Classic fright film brought to you evolving modern settings. Good for young teens exploring fright films.Published 25 days ago by Stephen M. Yee
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