We’re always looking for a new masked horror villain that can spawn unnecessary sequels and in the end, be reduced to a caricature of itself right? Well that’s what director Michael Gallagher hopes to accomplish with his new slasher opus Smiley when it hits a limited theatrical run on October 12th. AMC will release it exclusively in 14 markets and after that run, look for it on DVD/Blu Ray/VOD. Here’s a brief synopsis of what this baby’s all about: The story follows a mentally fragile college student named Ashley who, after learning of an urban legend in which a mysterious serial killer named “Smiley” can be summoned through the internet, must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley‘s next victim.
Question is, will Smiley stand out or fade away like Chromeskull seems to have done after being paired with David Silver from 90210? Before we attempt to answer the question that not many people are probably asking, let’s check out the trailer for Smiley and then prejudge it:
Hmmmmm – ok…..the mask is original. I’ll give it that. But why was I laughing so much during the trailer? That couldn’t be intentional right? The movie’s not called Laughie after all (groan). I guess I should have only been smiling (groan again). Let’s just get it out there on the table that the female leads leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the acting department. I’m a sucker for a good bad horror movie, so here’s hoping that it at least brings the blood and guts and a decent story to distract from the subpar thespian skills. And wait a minute – how could I forget Keith David?! He’ll make any bad movie watchable and his voice is just so soothing. Btw – this flick and it’s makers have a HUGE following on Youtube (over 15 millions views), so it will be interesting to see what kind of numbers it does in it’s limited run. Check it out here to see if it’s playing in your neck of the woods!