Everything we know about the next horror movie
From Paramount Pictures, Smile is an upcoming psychological horror film with a very chilling premise. Written and directed by Parker Finn in his feature debut, the film is based on his 2020 short film Laura has not slept, which won the Special Jury Recognition Award for SXSW’s Midnight Short category. The 11-minute short follows a young woman (Caitlin Stasey) who seeks help from her therapist (Lew Temple) after experiencing a recurring nightmare in which she is visited by a creepy man whose appearance changes with each dream.
Smile builds on this idea and stars Sosie Bacon as Dr. Rose Cotter, who witnesses a traumatic event involving a patient and begins to experience frightening happenings that she cannot explain. There’s a pattern in Rose’s patients that starts with seeing something that isn’t there and ends with them dying a week later. Between these states, the patients develop a sinister smile, giving the film its eerie title. With its release on the horizon, we’re looking at what else to expect Smileincluding cast and crew information.
The trailer for Smile attracts viewers with its unsettling atmosphere and chilling CGI. It begins with a flashback between Rose and her patient (Caitlin Stasey), where the latter hallucinates someone in the room and, after flashing a creepy smile, kills herself. Rose is clearly traumatized by the incident and begins to search for an explanation. First listening to the recordings of their session, she then launches a full-scale investigation into her patient’s death and the entity that killed her.
From the trailer, it’s obvious that Stasey’s patient isn’t the entity’s only victim. Shortly after his death, Rose notices another of his patients sporting the same sinister smile and, confronting him, hears him repeatedly shout, “You’re going to die!” Additionally, a man (Kyle Gallner) who appears to be helping Rose with her case tells her, “I found 20 cases involving 19 victims with a hotline connecting them all.” Rose then visits the only surviving victim (Rob Morgan) and learns that he does not have long to live, having seen the entity for himself. The trailer ends with Rose encountering many smilers before viewers witness a haunting jump scare.
Sosie Bacon, who plays the lead role of Dr Rose Cotter, began her acting career playing 10-year-old Emily in the romantic drama Lover, directed by his father, Kevin Bacon. Since then, she has starred in a handful of popular series and movies, including Scream, 13 reasons whyand Narcos: Mexico. Her recent roles are as Carrie Layden in the critically acclaimed limited series Easttown Mare and Mandy in the comedy-drama series As we see.
Caitlin Stasey, who plays Rose’s patient who kills herself, is known for playing Francesca Thomas on the children’s series The sleepover club and Rachel Kinski in the Australian soap opera Neighbors. Stasey’s other roles include Kenna in the historical drama series ReignJulia Law (the “daughter”) in the TV movie The girl in the bath, and, of course, Laura in the Smile director’s short film Laura has not slept. Join Bacon and Stasey in Smile are the actors Kal Penn (Accommodation, Designated Survivor), Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence, The boys), Kyle Gallner (Jennifer’s body, Cry 5) and Rob Morgan (stranger things, Don’t look up).
Parker Finn wrote, as well as directed, Smileas he did for his short films The hidden behind and Laura has not slept. His first short film, The hidden behind, was released in 2018 and follows a lonely backpacker who gets lost in the woods and encounters the Hidebehind. Based on North American folklore, the Hidebehind is a nocturnal creature that preys on lumberjacks and others who roam the woods. Finn’s short, inspired by the mythical beast, has a decent 6.8 rating on IMDb and 3.4/5 on Letterboxd, with praise centering on the film’s symbolism and visual trickery. Laura has not slept shared similar ratings (6.7 and 3.2) but garnered more attention from critics.
Smile is co-produced by Paramount Players – a motion picture production company and a division of Paramount Pictures – and Temple Hill Productions. The photograph comes from Charlie Sarroff (Pink skies ahead), with composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer (The girl with all the presents) providing the score.
Smile is slated for a theatrical release on September 30. Fans of the psychological thriller/horror genre will be happy to know that a week before its release, Olivia Wilde’s film don’t worry darling will arrive in cinemas. The second film directed by Wilde, don’t worry darling, set in the 1950s and stars Harry Styles and Florence Pugh as a young married couple living in the utopian city of Victory. Jack (Styles) works for the company Victory, while Alice (Pugh) is a housewife who grows increasingly suspicious of her husband’s secret project. The trailer for don’t worry darling – which sees Alice’s reality crack before her eyes – has created a lot of buzz for the film, which appears to be both sexy and creepy.
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