starring: Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia and Shane Dawson
Remember CRY_WOLF (2005)? That teen slasher wannabe that everybody seems to dislike except me? Well believe it or not, it got a clone and for some godforsaken reason, it's even worse.
Struggling to move on from her mother's death, bitter and depressed Ashley leaves her family for college only to find herself coming across an urban legend involving a smiley-faced killer who, as rumor has it, will kill any person on the other side of a chatroom site by typing "I did it for the lulz" three times.
Believing it as nothing but a load of hogwash and coaxed by a new friend she made, Ashley jokingly typed the words in a chat between a random perv in the web and shockingly enough, the man gets slaughtered on live cam by a smiley-masked killer. This apparently made the rumors turn in for the worse as soon, people starts disappearing and Ashley begins to see the smiley-faced assailant closing in on her...
So with blood, gore, thrills and even T&A missing, what was left for Smiley in the first place? It's marketed as a slasher but it's really more of a character study centered on an emotionally wrecked girl, who honestly I felt with little care about. Seeing a girl already vulnerable from the get-go only to go deeper into dementia isn't exactly what I call entertainment and, as I've said a dozen times already from my previous reviews, I watch slasher flicks to enjoy an hour and a half (or more) of people dying gruesomely in creative manner, not go through life lessons about surviving college with an emotional half wit. (Though, I could give her some slack, she did lost her mum.) To top it off, the rest of the cast aren't likable either; they're either ass wipes who troll one another or just plain douchebags who think they're better and, my friends, I would really rather see these kind of people get mutilated than watch breakdown girl do her thing.
If there's anything I could commend about Smiley it's the twist ending; I maybe the only guy who's in this, but without spoiling much, let's just say, there's a little surprise at the end and I wanted to see what happens after that! The filmmakers at least owe that for making us sit through this wasted opportunity and wasting a cool looking killer like Smiley!
So, am I discouraging you to see Smiley? Actually, no. I may hate it at a point, but if it's something you think you'll enjoy, then go. For me, this game is over and I would rather go through a messy junk like Chain Letter (2009) again than go through watching Madam Freaks-alot and her merry trolls. In fact, I think that's good alternate title for the movie! I call dibs!
1 female gets a hunting knife through the back
1 male gets a hunting knife to the back
1 male gets a hunting knife to the chest
1 male glimpsed stabbed with hunting knife
1 male glimpsed gutted with hunting knife
1 male glimpsed throat cut with hunting knife
1 female repeatedly stabbed on the gut with hunting knife
1 male found with his face skinned
1 male shot, throat cut with hunting knife
1 female gets a hunting knife to the eye
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