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Smiley (2012)

Keith David , Caitlin Gerard , Michael Gallagher  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keith David, Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Shane Dawson, Andrew James Allen
  • Directors: Michael Gallagher
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AEJM61I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer named SMILEY can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley's next victim.

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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love this January 20, 2013
Format:DVD
I wish I could give this movie five stars. I really do. I love the idea of a manifestation of human evil, coming alive through one of our greatest tools. I love the examination of "trolling" behavior and how it looks when people take that attitude into the real world. I love the idea of the extremes we can go through when we have the advantage of anonymity. And I love the idea of humanity being just a step in the evolution of something truly terrifying.

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.
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45 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could be the worst movie I've ever seen. Seriously. February 5, 2013
By S. Horn
Format:DVD
When I first heard about this movie, I was very excited. The trailer looked scary as hell, and the premise was new and original for the slasher subgenre within horror. The mask was awesome (and still is), plus, Keith David (John Carpenter's The Thing, They Live, There's Something About Mary) was in it, how could it be bad? I was telling people about it, genuinely excited for its release. I even shelled out money to the website that the movie would premiere on, promising behind the scenes looks into the 'Making Of'. I joined their video submission contest to see if it would get into the movie. Independent movies like this, especially horror, are what really give fans things that are new and original, so I am happy to support them.

And then I saw it.

Now, this follows the fact that a week before the movie was set to premiere on VOD, the whole idea was shaken up, and AMC Theaters bought the rights to show the movie in various cities around the country, mine included. Great! I went to the theater, and watched. Good God, I can't describe what happens next.

It's awful. Not just regular awful, God-awful. Not 'so bad it's good', this movie reaches levels of 'so bad, it's completely embarrassing'. That in and of itself is interesting, because this is the type of movie that is so bad, it actually is worth discussing, surpassing all bad movies before it, into something completely new. I would even consider having this sitting on my shelf to show people just how bad things can get in the movies. Have you ever been water-boarded? Just watch this movie. You want to put hot spikes into your eyes? Don't worry, this movie fills in as an equivalent, it'll do the trick!

The story is about a girl, Ashley, who goes off to college after her mother dies.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise. February 18, 2013
Format:DVD
I highly reccomend reading all the one star reviews before watching this. That being said any person handing this film one star is no film junkie and certainly no horror film junkie. There are far worse acted and directed films on the market today by far. Was this a masterpiece of modern horror...no. Do I think it was intended to be...no. How can one watch a horror film about a mass murderer named Smiley and take it seriously? All that being said Smiley delivered with the chills and threw in a couple of twists whether predicatable or not suited the feal of the film well. Kind of a modernized Nightmare on Elm Street/Candyman type for me...at least those are the films I found myself comparing it to while watching. So if your going to go in thinking this is going to knock your socks off don't bother you'll sound like a cliche' bash reviewer. Go on assuming this has a campy factor to it and won't regret it. I'm rewatching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Smiley huh? Well here is an independent horror movie that really wasn't as bad as what you may think.

The movie borrows the concept of an urban legend and gives it a modern twist using todays technology.

I enjoyed the way the movie kept you guessing, is Smiley supernatural or someone in a costume? and which of the very suspicious characters is the killer?

It all ties up with a very vague ending, not a whole lot is explained but you'll have to see it for yourself ;)

At the end of the movie I found myself with a sense of enjoyment, I think the director and actors all did a great job and anticipate a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars YOU ENJOY THE STRANGE? May 1, 2013
Format:DVD
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I DID IT FOR THE LULZ.
I DID IT FOR THE LULZ.
I DID IT FOR THE LULZ.

Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) goes to college and rents a room off campus. She meets a crowd of other young people and is exposed to an "urban legend" about Smiley, a killing who appears and kills the person you are chatting with if you type in a sentence three times...and really want it.

Ashley also attends a class which discusses Occum's Razor among other things that tie into the overall theme.

The killer appears.

The film is less slasher and more of a psychological thriller. The problem I had was the action centered around Ashley who didn't do enough to excite me. The characters were not well developed. Had this film been done with different actors and a slightly better script it would have been killer, instead of just another me-too slasher.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, and nudity
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie...
The movie was non-stop scary. Very good acting and quality filming. You'll love it... Keeps the attention from start to finish.... A+++++
Published 20 hours ago by Signman037
3.0 out of 5 stars another way of bullying.
this was another way of bullying.they were some mean spirited kids.this was a very good movie. i would buy it.
Published 1 day ago by nathanielmoore
2.0 out of 5 stars eh.....
it was an ok movie I guess. grant u there were some funny parts but there were a lot of predictable parts too. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Maya
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this movie.
Though most say this movie was terrible; I loved it! I adore horror movies and I love some of the actors.
Published 1 month ago by Kayla
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Not much as a horror but more of a suspense not really what I expected but not a terrible movie either
Published 2 months ago by alyssa
3.0 out of 5 stars i am ok with the story line kidda pisst how did ened
i am pisst k glade I didn't pay money for this so f the big ending thing just watch from start to finish
Published 3 months ago by cayman
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad
This movie was so disappointing! I laughed at the "scary" parts .
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I did it for the lulz
I did it for the lulz
I did it for the lulz
such a predictable... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Drew Bochenek
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good but the ending..
I have been a fan of Shane Dawson and Michael for a while so I was excited to watch it. I am not into scary Movies so I was nervous to watch it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kayla R.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people make it out to be.
Check out my horror movie review blog at: brandoncsites.blogspot.com

Smiley (2012) ** / 4
D: Michael Gallagher
C: Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Shane... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brandon Sites
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good but it is what it is
So I don't usually do review's, but I did see ALOT of hate for this movie, It is understandable that not everyone would like it, yes it is cheesy and corny and its not in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allen Black
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