First Glance: “Smile”

A rather cryptic yet unnerving brief teaser for “Smile” hit theaters a few weeks ago. A few days later, Paramount gave us the first full trailer for this creepy looking horror movie from writer-director Parker Finn. This is the feature film debut for Finn who is adapting his own 2020 film short titled “Laura Hasn’t Slept”. His new trailer is an interesting mix of the familiar and the fresh. I’m anxious to see how the movie actually turns out.

Built around a still mysterious premise, this New Jersey-set chiller looks to center around a doctor named Rose (Sosie Bacon) who begins witnessing eerie behavior from her patients. Before long, she begins to wonder if it’s her own mind that’s playing tricks on her. The trailer features lots of creepy laughing and a few unexpected angles that could make this a surprising little horror film. Oh and that jolt at the end…well done!

“Smile” hits theaters September 30th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

12 thoughts on “First Glance: “Smile”

  1. The trailer was worth it if only to get to the end. I did see about a week ago where Warner Brothers/New Line moved the Salem’s Lot remake from September 9th to April of 2023. Maybe this film at month’s end will benefit a bit from that…also slotting in nicely before Halloween Ends arrives in mid-October.

  2. I saw the 20-second teaser for this before “Top Gun: Maverick”, and immediately found myself cringing in embarrassment. You could genuinely release this new trailer as an SNL parody of bottom-tier Blumhouse “horror” like “Truth or Dare?” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6772950/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 ) without changing anything, and nobody would be able to tell the difference.

    Like, I genuinely don’t get how just making “creepy” smiles at the camera (even that last jumpscare, which I’d also call flat-out comical, falls into that category as well) is ample fodder for a full-length horror movie, particularly one that seems to be taking itself pretty seriously. I guess if it was desperately trying to be “self-aware” about how terrible it was, it wouldn’t be as fun to laugh at, but come the fuck on, Hollywood.

    At least “Top Gun: Maverick” was enjoyable.

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