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Smiley

3.1 out of 5 stars 262 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Keith David, Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Shane Dawson, Andrew James Allen
  • Directors: Michael Gallagher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AEJM61I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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For what it is- I really liked it. Lot's of blood. Lots of screaming. Lots of what I need when I'm in a funky mood.
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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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Too bad for all of you who actually paid to watch this. I managed to find it on some random web site and watch it for free in HD quality. The movie really isn't that great and I mostly watched it just because of all the popular YouTubers in it. I could not stand Caitlin Gerard or whatever her name is. She comes off as this super whiny, easily freaked out, naive twit. It was completely annoying. I just kept wishing she would shut up. The rest was rather hum drum and not really scary. I mean if you want to kill time and watch some YouTubers doing something different from their regular vlogs and skits, go ahead and watch it. But if you're expecting something original and awesome, look elsewhere.
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Smiley is a psychological slasher film (if one wants to accurately describe it) about the urban myth of a killer who wears a skin mask that has a smiley face carved into it. Similar to the legend about “Bloody Mary”, this finds college students using a random chat room. When they type the words “I did it for the Lulz” three times, Smiley will appear behind the person the message was sent to and kill them.

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.
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Those who made it through the first five minutes of Smiley will understand the tongue-in-cheek title I applied to this review, and those who dared to stick it out through the first fifteen minutes of this crap-sack will probably ask how I ever managed to narrow it down to just one lame pun from all of the asinine dialogue. Rest assured, it required a great deal more brain power to do that than it did to follow the plot of the film.

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.
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