Smiley

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Smiley
Directed by Michael Gallagher
Fever Productions
Opens October 12

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Tell a die-hard horror-movie fan that the latest scary movie is the worst thing ever, and that fan will nod respectfully but still make plans to go see it. Horror fans must always see for themselves. All of which makes it a bit pointless to declare Smiley the year’s dullest scare flick (thus far). Ashley (Caitlin Gerard), an absurdly naïve college freshman, is warned by her drunken, prank-loving classmates to watch out for Smiley, a blank-faced killer, possibly supernatural, who pops up behind people during online video chats and stabs them to death. Smiley’s face, or lack of one, is the single creepy effect in the limited trick bag of first-time writer-director Michael Gallagher, age 24, who otherwise relies, again and again, on false-scare musical shrieks to make audiences jump. As a lark, Ashley and her mean-girl roommate (Melanie Papalia) call out to Smiley—via online text—only to watch in horror as he guts the stranger they’ve dialed up on video chat. Wracked with guilt, Ashley goes to the police, who send her packing. Is Smiley real or a prank? Is he coming after Ashley? Will horror fans care? Doubtful. Is Gallagher planning a sequel? We’re afraid to ask.

 
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hausofblue

now i haven't the movie but here it goes: i think besides the overused plot (people summon the killer and die) it's the overacting of  everyone in the movie. ive watched alot of these people on youtube and they're really funny, but god awful actors. Like, they have to over act everything. and the writing does help much either. Please stick to doing youtube and leave movie making to the professionals.

 

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