I honestly wasn’t expecting much from the recently released horror movie Smile. Judging from the trailers, it looked like it would provide some mediocre horror entertainment. I wasn’t really sold on the whole “smile” gimmick of the story. But, this past weekend my teen girls wanted to go see a horror movie, so we all went and saw Smile and it actually ended up being better than I thought it would be!
Smile is a very fun horror movie that was incredibly intense and it had some legitimately scary moments! I will say, part of what made this movie-going experience so entertaining was the screams coming from the audience and watching also my girls freak out over the course of the movie. It legit terrified them.
The story for the film centers on Dr. Rose Cotter (Bacon sauce), who, after witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, starts experiencing terrifying occurrences that she can't explain and a lot of those experiences involve people wearing sinister smiles on their faces. As this overwhelming nightmare begins taking over her life, Rose is forced to confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape this maddening horror that is ruining her life.
I won’t get into any spoiler-filled details about the story and what is causing this nightmarish chaos, but there’s an interesting history behind it, and I would like to see that history explored more in a sequel, which this first movie definitely sets up.
As for my teen girls, while the movie scared the hell out of them and made sure they lost some sleep the night we saw the film, they loved it and they wanted me to tell the studio that they demand a sequel. So, if anyone from Paramount Pictures is reading this review, you should probably make that sequel happen.
Smile was written and directed by Parkin Finwho made his directorial debut with this film and he did a great job telling this story! The film also stars Jessie T. Usher, Kal Penn, Rob Morgan, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Staseyand Judy Reyes.
If you haven’t seen Smile yet, it’s a film that’s definitely worth checking out, especially during this Halloween season.