Smile Movie [PORTABLE]
The trailer and poster were released on June 22, 2022. Brad Miska of Bloody Disgusting described the footage as "pretty generic", but said it stood out due to its similarities to Ringu and The Ring. Shania Russell at /Film compared the film to The Ring, It Follows and Truth or Dare and wrote, "It's all very familiar and probably not too hard to imagine how the movie will progress, but the scares will make or break the experience, and based on the trailer, Smile is more than promising."
Katie Rife of RogerEbert.com gave the film 2.5 out of 4 stars, writing: "In padding out the concept from an 11-minute short into a nearly two-hour movie, Smile leans too heavily not only on formulaic mystery plotting, but also on horror themes and imagery lifted from popular hits like The Ring and It Follows." Kevin Maher of The Times wrote: "There are some nice jump scares and Bacon is charismatic but it's achingly derivative and dull", and gave the film 2 out of 5 stars. Jeffrey M. Anderson of Common Sense Media also gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, writing: "The image of a creepy, sinister smile is so primal and so chilling that it might have inspired something truly penetrating, but, sadly, this horror movie is content to fall back on noisy jump scares."
Laura Hasn't Slept was written directed by Parker Finn in 2019, and later debuted at South by Southwest in 2020. The positive reception at the film festival, resulted in Paramount Pictures commissioning the filmmaker for a feature film adaptation, though it was later revealed that the movie is a continuation of the original story.
The short movie later received a wide release, as a bonus feature on the home video media of Smile; Paramount marketed the feature as a "Smile original short film". Finn additionally called the short "the origin" of Smile.
The newest supernatural horror movie smash, Smile, is taking social media by storm, as more and more people rush to theaters to see it. The movie follows a therapist who, after witnessing the suicide of one of her patients (while brandishing a devilish grin), begins to have terrifying experiences and delusions.
Eventually, she realizes she is cursed and will die within seven days. As stated previously, Smile is causing quite a stir on social media, being called one of the scariest movies available to watch now. There are more than a few reasons why the film is just so scary.
The Stanley Kubrick Smile is psychologically disturbing as perceived by the human eye, and therefore is the basis for a seemingly pleasant-yet-unpleasant thing (the smile) used to throw off the audience.
While Smile has quite a bit of supernatural elements, the urban legend factor that the same events that happened in the film could be believable in a real-life setting is the scariest part. And, while a demonic entity may be causing the issues in the movie, there are quite a few similarities to the past few years' pandemics. That type of horror would most definitely conjure a few frights.
Additionally, having Rose be a psychiatrist also creates a sort of mental tension for the audience. And, as previously mentioned, the idea of something that is so pleasant (such as a smile) means something so deadly catches human instinct off-guard and triggers the fight-or-flight response.
Film scores are always a wonderful way to understand the concept of a film before watching it. Whether it is the fantastically spooky music of Danny Elfman or the bone-chilling and heart-pounding music of John Carpenter, scary movies require a soundtrack for the audiences to understand what is truly going on.
Incredibly, "Smile" now boasts the best second week hold ever for a horror film, dropping only 22% to win the weekend. The runaway success of "Smile" is due largely in part to a high-concept premise that manages to stick the landing during its fiery finale. Even if the jump scares don't always deliver, some of the themes surrounding trauma are compelling enough to show that there is definitely something a little deeper happening behind that scary grin. That may be one of the reasons audiences keep heading back to theaters to see the first big genre movie of the Halloween season.
The horror movie "Smile" centers on a supernatural mystery. After witnessing her patient's tragic suicide, Rose discovers that there are others who suffered the same fate. She has the brilliant idea to track down everyone affected by a trail of suicides. With Joel's help, they gather clues in hopes of finding some answers. Their impromptu investigation takes them on a road trip that does wind up unearthing one important detail: Remember, Rose and Joel pay a visit to a prison inmate named Robert Talley, who has managed to stay alive by killing a perfect stranger to fend off the curse. That's not an option for Rose who assumes that if she kills herself with no witnesses present, she can stop the curse in its tracks.
Rose battles that demon by convincing herself that what she is seeing is real and she is still of sound mind. However, she's already being ostracized by those closest to her and has to realize the horrible reality that she must face this torment alone. Here, the fear of isolation and abandonment come into play, forcing Rose to confront the mother-daughter issues that are at the heart of the film. There's obviously a reason why the smile demon appears as a giant, looming depiction of Rose's Mom during the final act.
Truthfully, if she had a better support group around her, "Smile" might have ended up being a very different horror movie. But at least she would have had a few more options instead of the choice she makes that leads to her ghastly death.
The smiles in the film are all natural and not enhanced with visual effects. The studio even asked if they could be tweaked, but Parker Finn stuck to his guns as he wanted them to be grounded in their creepiness.
Parker Finn told the actors who would be smiling in the film that he wanted "dead eyes that do not match an incredibly uncomfortable wide tooth-bearing smile, that it was meant to feel predatory in nature."
When asked if the smile curse is beatable, or is the fight to stop it hopeless, writer and director Parker Finn revealed: "It's a good question. I like to think that this thing, it sort of enjoys toying with its victims and being as elusive and slippery as possible. I like to think there probably is a way to beat it, but I don't know. I mean, it's also quite inescapable."
While talking about his creative process, Parker Finn says he wanted "to create a film that feels like an escalating nightmare", and that happens because "the evil in the film uses a smile as a mask to hide its true intentions."
Parker Finn offered up a few additional details on how the smile curse works beyond what is shown in the movie. "The smile definitely hooked me from the very beginning. I love that inherent contradiction that exists within it. Smiles are obviously designed to be a friendly gesture, something warm, it's what we associate with them, but in reality, I think we also use smiles every day to mask what we're really feeling, and that was definitely something that was a motif that was running through the film, and I wanted to see if I could take that and turn it on [its] head and let the evil in the film wear a smile as a mask to create the promise of a threat or something dangerous, something menacing and see if audiences might get freaked out by that."
Several shots rotate upside down, to reinforce that the conventional concept of a smile as an expression of happiness or politeness instead turns on its head, and becomes a sadistic expression of evil.
The Police statement shown around the middle of the movie has a PDF417 barcode on it. When decoded, it reveals a hidden message. The decoded message says: 'The cache is located at north three six degrees zero six point zero two three west one one five degrees zero one point seven three three. Hint: guard rail.' the coordintes point to a location in Las Vegas, right near a guard rail.
Writer and Director Parker Finn wanted Sosie Bacon who plays Rose to have "depth and humanity" but who could also "really lose herself in the anxiety and stress that the movie was going to require." Finn says Bacon pulls off a magic trick and does just that.
Director Parker Finn said that when hiring Amalgamated Dynamics for the practical effects, the Zoom call with the two company owners boiled down to him saying 'you guys don't understand, you changed my childhood. This is the reason that I wanted to make movies,' and them geeking out for two hours.
Parker Finn and his team found great success in that pursuit for a number of reasons, a big one being the type of smile they landed on. How exactly did they settle on what was shown in the final film, Finn explained: "It all started while I was writing the script. I was trying different things in the mirror myself, trying to figure out what might work. And then when we're on set, certainly people came in very prepared with what they had been working on, and it was just about kind of standing a few feet away from each other and smiling back and forth until we can dial it in and get it just right. I'm really, really pleased with it, and it was also really important to me that those were practical performance based smiles because I think that adds a level of uncanniness to them."
Finn offered a little insight into how they figured out which smiling being an infected individual sees and when: "I think the idea was to find ways to make it really surprising and subverting expectations about how and when the smile was going to appear, and to not let it just be one thing, to constantly be evolving and changing. When you realize that it can be a total stranger or it can be somebody that you know or somebody who shouldn't even be able to be in the room with you, it really sort of forces the audience to really put their guards up and not trust anything in the film, which was the hope." 041b061a72