DVD REVIEW: Smiley

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Scream and Nightmare on Elm Street rolled into one…

 

 

 

 

 

After discovering an urban legend of a demented serial killer, who has nothing but a carved ‘smiley’ on his face, a mentally fragile teen must decide whether she is going insane – or will be the next victim.

Out  14th October     Rating 15     Runtime 91 mins     Genre Horror

 

Smiley is, in truth, a roller coaster – and by that I mean there are big up and downs. It gets off to a good start, establishing the presence of Smiley, best described as an internet viral Freddy Krueger (minus the skin condition), and our protagonist, Ashley – leaving home to start university, but still living under the shadow of her mother’s fatal insanity, which causes her to question her own. Basically, if you type the words “I did it for the LULZ” three times when you are in an anonymous video chat forum, the person you are talking to finds Smiley standing behind them, knife in hand.

The film then hits a bunch of up and downs as we meet her fellow university students; a disparate group of geeks and divas and her very eloquent but ever-so-slightly creepy lecturer. Events take a turn that make Ashley question her sanity, particularly as it seems that Smiley is attacking her when she dreams. One by one, her fellow students are picked off until Ashley is forced to make a stand.

There were many times that I came close to turning this off, as Ashley is an incredibly weak character, a very far cry from Heather Langenkamp’s NoES heroine, and so you feel no compulsion to root for her – but I am glad I held out until the end, as the finale is novel if nothing else.

But please… no Smiley 2!

 

Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: SilverFox

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