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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 (Caitland Gerard) must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley's next victim. -- (C) Official Site
Oct 11, 2012 Limited
Feb 11, 2013
Fever Productions - Official Site
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Internet chat rooms provide the dubious hook for this generic slasher movie.
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.
While it's easy to appreciate Gallagher tackling the fruitful subject of Internet urban legends...it's a scratch on the surface. Maybe he's just looking to get the ball rolling, but Smiley is likely to be buried in the bargain bin.
Feels like a late-arriving film class homework assignment that the students didn't really care about.
It's amazing what a killer mask and a smarter than expected ending can do to a mediocrity like Smiley
A thunderously stupid horror movie of slapdash construction and ping-pong tonalities.
Mostly it fails, due in large part to the poor acting, low production values, and a weak script that bogs down what might otherwise have been an interesting film.
YouTube transplant Gallagher's freshman effort is doggedly formulaic -- his blood-smeared Smiley is a sock-puppet boogeyman, a low-rent knockoff of Candyman and Ghostface.
One of the most inept movies of 2012. The only thing truly scary about this terror film is that somebody paid to have it produced.
Smiley's story is wasted on terrible horror execution, creating a frustrating and tiring watch filled with inside internet jokes most older viewers will not be LOL-ing about.
Smiley the boogeyman may or may not be a joke, but Smiley the movie definitely is.
A modest, low-budget horror movie with some effective ideas and an engaging lead performance but it clutters itself down with too much dialogue about its title character and the very concept of evil being potentially brought to physical life.
This film will not do for the Internet what Psycho did for showers-no more computers have to be smashed because of it.
Audience Reviews for Smiley
- Ashley: Is that some sort of asian dating site?
- Ashley: What's bee?
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